Applied Physics Courses (APPPHYS)

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500 Level Courses

APPPHYS 514. Applied Physics Seminar
Prerequisite: graduate studies. (1 or 2 credits)
Graduate seminars are required each term to familiarize students with current research and problems. Given by a mix of faculty, external lecturers and the students themselves to acquaint students with the scope of research activity and opportunities, the goal of the seminar structure is to promote a strong interaction among the interdisciplinary work being done in applied physics. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

APPPHYS 530 (EECS 530). Electromagnetic Theory I
Prerequisite: EECS 330 or Physics 438. (3 credits)
Maxwell’s equations, constitutive relations and boundary conditions. Potentials and the representation of electromagnetic fields. Uniqueness, duality, equivalence, reciprocity and Babinet’s theorems. Plane, cylindrical and spherical waves. Waveguides and elementary antennas. The limiting case of electro- and magneto-statics. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

APPPHYS 537 (EECS 537). Classical Optics
Prerequisite: EECS 330 and EECS 334. (3 credits)
Theory of electromagnetic, physical and geometrical optics. Classical theory of dispersion. Linear response, Kramers-Kronig relations and pulse propagation. Light scattering. Geometrical optics and propagation in inhomogeneous media. Dielectric waveguides. Interferometry and theory of coherence. Diffraction, Fresnel and Fraunhofer. Gaussian beams and ABCD law. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

APPPHYS 540 (EECS 540). Applied Quantum Mechanics I
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (3 credits)
Introduction to nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. Summary of classical mechanics, postulates of quantum mechanics and operator formalism, stationary state problems (including quantum wells, harmonic oscillator, angular momentum theory and spin, atoms and molecules, band theory in solids), time evolution, approximation methods for time independent and time dependent interactions including electromagnetic interactions, scattering. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

APPPHYS 541 (EECS 541). Applied Quantum Mechanics II
Prerequisite: APPPHYSICS 540 or EECS 540. (3 credits)
Continuation of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. Advanced angular momentum theory, second quantization, non-relativistic quantum electrodynamics, advanced scattering theory, density matrix formalism, reservoir theory. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

APPPHYS 546 (EECS 546). Ultrafast Optics
Prerequisite: EECS 537. (3 credits)
Propagation of ultrashort optical pulses in linear and nonlinear media and through dispersive optical elements. Laser mode-locking and ultrashort pulse generation. Chirped-pulse amplification. Experimental techniques for high time resolution. Ultrafast Optoelectronics. Survey of ultrafast high field interactions. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

APPPHYS 550 (EECS 538) (Physics 650). Optical Waves in Crystals
Prerequisite: EECS 434. (3 credits)
Propagation of laser beam: Gaussian wave optics and the ABCD law. Crystal properties and the dielectric tensor; electro-optic effects and devices; acousto-optic diffraction and devices. Introduction to nonlinear optics: coupled mode theory and second harmonic generation; phase matching. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

APPPHYS 551 (EECS 539) (Physics 651). Lasers
Prerequisite: EECS 537 and EECS 538. (3 credits)
Complete study of laser operation: the atom-field interaction; homogeneous and inhomogeneous broadening mechanisms; atomic rate equations; gain, amplification and saturation; laser oscillation; laser resonators, modes, and cavity equations; cavity modes; laser dynamics, Q-switching and modelocking. Special topics such as femto-second lasers and ultrahigh power lasers. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

APPPHYS 552 (EECS 552). Fiber Optical Communications
Prerequisite: EECS 434 or EECS 538 or permission of instructor. (3 credits)
This course covers the basics of fibers and applications in fields as diverse as high power and broadband lasers, biomedical diagnostics and therapeutics, telecommunications, and internet communications.  Propagation, optical amplification, and nonlinearities in fibers are discussed, and examples include transmission systems and lasers.  Biomedical applications include dermatology, cardiology, and ophthalmology. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

600 Level Courses

APPPHYS 601 (Physics 540). Advanced Condensed Matter(3 credits)  A unified description of equilibrium condensed matter theory (using Green’s functions); critical phenomena, Anderson localization and correlated electron theory. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

APPPHYS 609 (EECS 638) (Physics 542). Quantum Theory of Light
Prerequisite: quantum mechanics electrodynamics and atom physics. I even years. (3 credits)
The atom-field interaction; density matrix; quantum theory of radiation including spontaneous emission; optical Bloch equations and theory of resonance fluorescence; coherent pulse propagation; dressed atoms and squeezed states; special topics in nonlinear optics. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

APPPHYS 611 (EECS 634) (Physics 611). Nonlinear Optics
Prerequisite: EECS 537 or EECS 538 or EECS 530. (3 credits)
Formalism of wave propagation in nonlinear media; susceptibility tensor; second harmonic generation and three-wave mixing; phase matching; third order nonlinearities and four-wave mixing processes; stimulated Raman and Brillouin scattering. Special topics: nonlinear optics in fibers, including solitons and self-phase modulation. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

APPPHYS 619 (Physics 619). Advanced Solid State Physics
Prerequisite: APPPHYS 520 (or 463), Physics 511, Physics 510 or permission of instructor. (3 credits)
Photon, neutron and electron scattering in condensed matter: elastic and inelastic scattering in condensed matter. The theory of neutron, electron and photon (Rayleigh, Brillouin, Raman, and x-ray) scattering will be presented with an overview of the corresponding experimental techniques; linear response theory, fluctuation-dissipation theorem, elementary excitations in condensed matter, hydrodynamics and symmetry analysis using group theory. AP 633 (Physics 633). Fluid Dynamics CourseProfile (ATLAS)

APPPHYS 633 (Physics 633). Fluid Dynamics
(3 credits)
The course begins with a derivation of the hydrodynamical equations as prototypical phenomenological equations, based on general conservation laws and the second law of thermodynamics; two dimensional ideal fluid flow, the Joukowsky theory of the airfoil, gravity waves and the theory of tides, solitary waves, incompressible viscous flow and the Stokes formula, Sommerfeld’s theory of lubrication, the turbulent wake, Prandtl’s theory of the boundary layer, shock waves, relativistic hydrodynamics, fluctuations in hydrodynamics, etc. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

APPPHYS 644 (Physics 644). Advanced Atomic Physics
(3 credits)
Laser atom interactions: Absorption, emission, and saturation, theory of line width, multiphoton absorption, stimulated and spontaneous Raman scattering; single photon, multiphoton and above-threshold ionization; Rydberg physics; AC stark shifts and ponderomotive effects; multichannel quantum defect theory; Floquet theory; Mechanical effects of light on atoms (atom traps, molasses), atom interferometry. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

APPPHYS 669 (Chem 669). Physics of Extended Surfaces
Prerequisite: quantum mechanics or solid state physics, or permission of instructor. (3 credits)
Chemical physics of extended surfaces: basic surface phenomena which control the physical and chemical properties of extended surfaces. A wide range of surface methods and issues regarding metal, semiconductor and insulator surfaces will be discussed. Fundamental principles regarding the geometric and electronic structure of surfaces, adsorption-desorption processes, surface reactions, and ion-surface interactions will be discussed. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

APPPHYS 672 (NERS 572). Intermediate Plasma Physics II
Prerequisite: NERS 571. (3 credits)
Waves in non-uniform plasmas, magnetic shear; absorption, reflection and tunneling gradient-driven microinstabilities; BGK mode and nonlinear Landau damping; macroscopic instabilities and their stabilization; non-ideal MHD effects. CourseProfile (ATLAS)

APPPHYS 674 (NERS 674). High-Intensity Laser Plasma Interactions
Prerequisite: NERS 471, NERS 571 or permission of instructor. (3 credits)
Coupling of intense electromagnetic radiation to electrons and collective modes in time-dependent and equilibrium plasmas, ranging from underdense to solid-density. Theory, numerical modes and experiments in laser fusion, x-ray lasers, novel electron accelerators and nonlinear optics. CourseProfile (ATLAS)