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Course Title
Course Level
Units
PHYS 1
Conceptual Physics
Lower Division
5 units
Topics in classical and quantum physics and their relation to physical phenomena in the world around us, including modern electronics. Concepts are stressed, but some practical calculational techniques are developed. Working knowledge of high school algebra and geometry is essential. (General Education Code(s): SI.)
PHYS 2
Elementary Physics of Energy
Lower Division
5 units
The physics of energy developed in a course accessible to non-science majors as well as science majors. Fundamental principles and elementary calculations, at the level of basic algebra, developed and applied to the understanding of the physics of energy. Topics include fossil fuels, renewable energy, solar cells and waste energy, waste-energy recovery, nuclear power, and global greenhouse effects. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.)
PHYS 5A
Introduction to Physics I
Lower Division
5 units
Elementary mechanics. Vectors, Newton's laws, inverse square force laws, work and energy, conservation of momentum and energy, and oscillations. Prerequisite(s): MATH 19A or MATH 20A; concurrent enrollment in PHYS 5L is required. (General Education Code(s): MF.)
PHYS 5B
Introduction to Physics II
Lower Division
5 units
A continuation of 5A. Wave motion in matter, including sound waves. Geometrical optics, interference and polarization, statics and dynamics of fluids. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5A and PHYS 5L and MATH 19A or MATH 20A; concurrent enrollment in PHYS 5M is required. Corequisite: MATH 19B or MATH 20B. (General Education Code(s): SI.)
PHYS 5C
Introduction to Physics III
Lower Division
5 units
Introduction to electricity and magnetism. Electromagnetic radiation, Maxwell's equations. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5A and PHYS 5L and MATH 19B or MATH 20B. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 5N is required. (General Education Code(s): SI.)
PHYS 5D
Introduction to Physics IV
Lower Division
5 units
Introduces temperature, heat, thermal conductivity, diffusion, ideal gases, laws of thermodynamics, heat engines, and kinetic theory. Introduces the special theory of relativity and the equivalence principle. Includes the photoelectric effect, the Compton effect, matter waves, atomic spectra, and the Bohr model. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5A and PHYS 5L, or PHYS 6A and PHYS 6L; and PHYS 5B or PHYS 6B; and MATH 19B or MATH 20B.
PHYS 5L
Introduction to Physics Laboratory
Lower Division
1 units
Laboratory sequence illustrating topics covered in course 5A. One three-hour laboratory session per week. Prerequisite(s): concurrent enrollment in PHYS 5A is required.
PHYS 5M
Introduction to Physics Laboratory
Lower Division
1 units
Laboratory sequence illustrating topics covered in course 5B. One three-hour laboratory session per week. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5A and PHYS 5L; concurrent enrollment in PHYS 5B is required.
PHYS 5N
Introduction to Physics Laboratory
Lower Division
1 units
Laboratory sequence illustrating topics covered in course 5C. One three-hour laboratory session per week. Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5A and PHYS 5L. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 5N is required. PHYS 5B and PHYS 5M recommended.
PHYS 6A
Introductory Physics I
Lower Division
5 units
Elementary mechanics. Vectors, Newton's laws, inverse square force laws, work and energy, conservation of momentum and energy, and oscillations. Prerequisite(s): MATH 11A or MATH 19A or MATH 20A or AM 15A. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 6L is required. (General Education Code(s): MF.)
PHYS 6B
Introductory Physics II
Lower Division
5 units
A continuation of 6A. Geometric optics; statics and dynamics of fluids; introduction to thermodynamics, including temperature, heat, thermal conductivity, and molecular motion; wave motion in matter, including sound waves. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5A and PHYS 5L or PHYS 6A and PHYS 6L; and MATH 11B or MATH 19B or MATH 20B or AM 15B. (General Education Code(s): SI.)
PHYS 6C
Introductory Physics III
Lower Division
5 units
Introduction to electricity and magnetism. Elementary circuits; Maxwell's equations; electromagnetic radiation; interference and polarization of light. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5A and PHYS 5L or PHYS 6A and PHYS 6L, and MATH 11B or MATH 19B or MATH 20B or AM 15B. (General Education Code(s): SI.)
PHYS 6L
Introductory Physics Laboratory
Lower Division
1 units
Laboratory sequence illustrating topics covered in course 6A. One three-hour laboratory session per week. Prerequisite(s): Previous or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 6A or PHYS 7A is required.
PHYS 6M
Introductory Physics Laboratory
Lower Division
1 units
Laboratory sequence illustrating topics covered in course 6B. One three-hour laboratory session per week. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5A, PHYS 6A, or PHYS 7A; and PHYS 5L, PHYS 6L or PHYS 7L; and previous or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 6B.
PHYS 6N
Introductory Physics Laboratory
Lower Division
1 units
Laboratory sequence illustrating topics covered in course 6C. One three-hour laboratory session per week. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 6A and PHYS 6L or PHYS 5A and PHYS 5L; previous or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 6C; PHYS 6B and PHYS 6M are recommended.
PHYS 7A
Elementary Physics I
Lower Division
5 units
Examines elementary mechanics, including vectors, kinematics, Newton's laws, work and energy, conservation of momentum and energy, fluid motion, and temperature and heat. Prerequisite(s): MATH 11A or MATH 19A or MATH 20A or AM 15A. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 6L or PHYS 7L is required. (General Education Code(s): MF.)
PHYS 7B
Elementary Physics II
Lower Division
5 units
Examines elementary wave motion, light polarization, reflection and refraction; elementary electricity, including electric charge, Coulomb's Law,and electric field and potential; electrostatic energy, currents, conductors, resistance, and Ohm's Law; and magnetic fields, inductors, and circuits. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 7A, and MATH 11B, or MATH 19B, or MATH 20B, or AM 15B. (General Education Code(s): SI.)
PHYS 7L
Elementary Physics Laboratory
Lower Division
1 units
Laboratory sequence illustrating topics covered in course 7A. One three-hour laboratory session per week. Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 7A is required.
PHYS 9A
Introduction to Research in Physics and Astrophysics
Lower Division
2 units
Introduction to research for first-year students interested in physics and astrophysics. Students complete projects in small groups with scientists. Introduces techniques for collaboration; science writing; physics careers. Continuing course spanning two quarters. Enrollment is restricted to first-year proposed astrophysics and physics majors and by permission of the instructor. (Also offered as Astronomy and Astrophysics 9A. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.)
PHYS 9B
Introduction to Research in Physics and Astrophysics
Lower Division
3 units
Introduction to research for first-year students interested in physics and astrophysics. Students complete projects in small groups with scientists. Introduces techniques for collaboration; science writing; physics careers. Continuing course spanning two quarters. Prerequisite(s): course 9A. Enrollment is restricted to first-year proposed applied physics, physics, and physics (astrophysics) majors and by permission of the instructor. (Also offered as Astronomy and Astrophysics 9B. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
PHYS 11
The Physicist in Industry
Lower Division
2 units
One two-hour meeting per week. Subjects include roles of the physicist in industry, the business environment in a technical company, economic considerations, job hunting, and discussions with physicists with industrial experience. Enrollment by permission of instructor. Priority given to applied physics upper-division students; other majors if space available. Enrollment limited to 15.
PHYS 80U
Physics and Psychophysics of Music
Lower Division
5 units
Fundamental theory of vibration, sound waves, sound propagation, diffraction, and interference. Free, coupled, and driven oscillations. Resonance phenomena and modes of oscillation. Fourier's theorem. Anatomy and psychophysics of the ear. Musical scales and intervals. Nature of plucked and bowed strings; guitar, violin, piano. Woodwind and brass instruments. Architectural acoustics. High school algebra and basic knowledge of musical notation recommended. (Also offered as Music 80U. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) (General Education Code(s): MF.)
PHYS 102
Modern Physics
Upper Division
5 units
Topics in quantum physics including the Schrodinger equation; angular momentum and spin; the Pauli exclusion principle; and quantum statistics. Applications in multi-electron atoms and molecules, and in solid-state, nuclear, and particle physics. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5A, PHYS 5L, PHYS 5B, PHYS 5M, PHYS 5C, PHYS 5N and PHYS 5D; or PHYS 6A, PHYS 6L, PHYS 6B, PHYS 6M, PHYS 6C, PHYS 6N, and PHYS 5D; or equivalent.
PHYS 105
Mechanics
Upper Division
5 units
Particle dynamics in one, two, and three dimensions. Conservation laws. Small oscillations, Fourier series and Fourier integral solutions. Phase diagrams and nonlinear motions, Lagrange's equations, and Hamiltonian dynamics. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5A and PHYS 5L and PHYS 116A and PHYS 116B; concurrent enrollment in PHYS 116C is required.
PHYS 107
Introduction to Fluid Dynamics
Upper Division
5 units
Covers fundamental topics in fluid dynamics: Euler and Lagrange descriptions of continuum dynamics; conservation laws for inviscid and viscous flows; potential flows; exact solutions of the Navier-Stokes equation; boundary layer theory; gravity waves. Students cannot receive credit for this course and Applied Mathematics and Statistics 217. (Also offered as Applied Math and Statistics 107. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): MATH 107 or PHYS 116C or EART 111.
PHYS 110A
Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics
Upper Division
5 units
Examines electrostatics, including the electric field, potential, solutions to Laplace's and Poisson's equations, and work and energy; electricity in matter (conductors, dielectrics); magnetostatics, including the magnetic field and vector potential, Ampere's and Faraday's laws; and magnetism in matter; Maxwell's equations; and conservation laws and gauge invariance. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5C and PHYS 116A PHYS 116B and PHYS 116C.
PHYS 110B
Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics
Upper Division
5 units
Examines electromagnetic waves, including absorption and dispersion, reflection and transmission, and wave guides; time-dependent vector and scalar potentials and application to radiation of charges and antennae; and electrodynamics and relativity. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 110A and PHYS 116C.
PHYS 112
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
Upper Division
5 units
Consequences of the first and second laws of thermodynamics, elementary statistical mechanics, thermodynamics of irreversible processes. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5D; and PHYS 116B or STAT 5 or STAT 131; and MATH 23A and MATH 23B. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 101B or PHYS 102; and PHYS 116A is required.
PHYS 115
Computational Physics
Upper Division
5 units
This course will apply efficient numerical methods to the solutions of problems in the physical sciences which are otherwise intractable. Examples will be drawn from classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and electrodynamics. Students will apply a high-level programming language, such as Mathematica, to the solution of physical problems and develop appropriate error and stability estimates. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 101B or PHYS 102, and PHYS 105, PHYS 116A, PHYS 116B, and PHYS 116C, or equivalent. Basic programming experience in C or Fortran. No previous experience with Mathematica is required.
PHYS 116A
Mathematical Methods in Physics
Upper Division
5 units
Infinite series, topics in linear algebra including vector spaces, matrices and determinants, systems of linear equations, eigenvalue problems and matrix diagonalization, tensor algebra, and ordinary differential equations. Prerequisite(s): MATH 23A.
PHYS 116B
Mathematical Methods in Physics
Upper Division
5 units
Complex functions, complex analysis, asymptotic series and expansions, special functions defined by integrals, calculus of variations, and probability, and statistics. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 116A and MATH 23A and MATH 23B.
PHYS 116C
Mathematical Methods in Physics
Upper Division
5 units
Fourier series and transforms, Dirac-delta function, Green's functions, series solutions of ordinary equations, Legendre polynomials, Bessel functions, sets of orthogonal functions, and partial differential equations. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 116A and PHYS 116B and MATH 23A and MATH 23B.
PHYS 120
Polymer Physics
Upper Division
5 units
Statistical properties polymers; scaling behavior, fractal dimensions; random walks, self avoidance; single chains and concentrated solutions; dynamics and topological effects in melts; polymer networks; sol-gel transitions; polymer blends; application to biological systems; computer simulations will demonstrate much of the above. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 240. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 112 and PHYS 116B.
PHYS 129
Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics
Upper Division
5 units
The standard model of particle physics; general relativistic cosmology; the early universe and Big Bang nucleosynthesis; dark matter and structure formation; formation of heavy elements in stars and supernovae; neutrino oscillations; high-energy astrophysics: cosmic rays and gamma-ray astronomy. (Formerly Nuclear and Particle Physics.) Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5D; and PHYS 101B or PHYS 102, and MATH 23B; students with equivalent coursework may contact instructor for permission to enroll.
PHYS 133
Intermediate Laboratory
Upper Division
5 units
Demonstration of phenomena of classical and modern physics. Development of a familiarity with experimental methods. Special experimental projects may be undertaken by students in this laboratory. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5C and PHYS 5D and one from CSE 5J, or CSE 14, or CSE 20, or ASTR 119, or by permission of the instructor. Enrollment is restricted to physics, applied physics, and astrophysics majors and physics minors. (General Education Code(s): SR.)
PHYS 134
Physics Advanced Laboratory
Upper Division
5 units
Individual experimental investigations of basic phenomena in atomic, nuclear, and solid state physics. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 133; and PHYS 101B or PHYS 102. May be repeated for credit.
PHYS 135
Astrophysics Advanced Laboratory
Upper Division
5 units
Introduction to the techniques of modern observational astrophysics at optical and radio wavelengths through hands-on experiments. Offered in some academic years as a multiple-term course: 135A in fall and 135B in winter, depending on astronomical conditions. (Also offered as Astronomy and Astrophysics 135. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): PHYS 133 and at least one astronomy course. Enrollment is restricted to physics (astrophysics) majors. Intended primarily for juniors and seniors majoring or minoring in astrophysics.
PHYS 135A
Astrophysics Advanced Laboratory
Upper Division
3 units
Introduction to techniques of modern observational astrophysics at optical and radio wavelengths through hands-on experiments. Intended primarily for juniors and seniors majoring or minoring in astrophysics. Offered in some academic years as single-term course 135 in fall, depending on astronomical conditions. (Also offered as Astronomy and Astrophysics 135A. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): PHYS 133 and at least one astronomy course. Enrollment is restricted to physics (astrophysics) majors.
PHYS 135B
Astrophysics Advanced Laboratory
Upper Division
2 units
Introduction to techniques of modern observational astrophysics at optical and radio wavelengths through hands-on experiments. Intended primarily for juniors and seniors majoring or minoring in astrophysics. Offered in some academic years as single-term course 135 in fall, depending on astronomical conditions. (Also offered as Astronomy and Astrophysics 135B. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): PHYS 135A. Enrollment is restricted to physics (astrophysics) majors.
PHYS 139A
Quantum Mechanics I
Upper Division
5 units
Basic principles and mathematical techniques of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics: Schrodinger equation and Dirac notation; one-dimensional systems, including the free particle and harmonic oscillator; three-dimensional problems with spherical symmetry; angular momentum; hydrogen atom; spin; identical particles and degenerate gases. (Formerly Quantum Mechanics.) Prerequisite(s): PHYS 101B or PHYS 102; and PHYS 116A, PHYS 116B, and PHYS 116C.
PHYS 139B
Quantum Mechanics II
Upper Division
5 units
Approximation methods in nonrelativistic quantum mechanics: time-independent perturbation theory (non-degenerate and degenerate) and addition of angular momenta; variational methods; the WKB approximation; time-dependent perturbation theory and radiation theory; scattering theory. (Formerly Quantum Mechanics.) Prerequisite(s): PHYS 101B or PHYS 102; and PHYS 139A, PHYS 116A, PHYS 116B, and PHYS 116C.
PHYS 143
Supervised Teaching
Upper Division
2 units
Supervised tutoring in selected introductory courses. Students should have completed course 101A and 101B as preparation. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.
PHYS 150
Quantum Computing
Upper Division
5 units
Basic concepts in quantum mechanics including quantum states, measurements, operators, entanglement, entanglement entropy, ''no cloning'' theorem, and density matrices. Classical gates, reversible computing, quantum gates. Several quantum algorithms including Deutsch's algorithm, Simon's algorithm Shor's algorithm and the Grover algorithm. Quantum error correction. Adiabatic quantum computing. . PHYS 5A; and PHYS 116A or MATH 21 or AM 10.
PHYS 155
Solid State Physics
Upper Division
5 units
Interatomic forces and crystal structure, diffraction, lattice vibrations, free electron model, energy bands, semiconductor theory and devices, optical properties, magnetism, magnetic resonance, superconductivity. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 112 and PHYS 139A; students with equivalent coursework may contact instructor for permission to enroll.
PHYS 156
Applications of Solid State Physics
Upper Division
5 units
Emphasizes the application of condensed matter physics to a variety of situations. Examples chosen from subfields such as semiconductor physics, lasers, superconductivity, low temperature physics, magnetism, and defects in crystals. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 101B or PHYS 102.
PHYS 160
Practical Electronics
Upper Division
5 units
Provides a practical knowledge of electronics that experimentalists generally need in research. The course assumes no previous knowledge of electronics and progresses according to the interest and ability of the class. Based on weekly lectures. However, with the aid of the instructor, the students are expected to learn mainly through the design, construction, and debugging of electronics projects. Students are billed a materials fee. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5C and PHYS 5N or PHYS 6C and PHYS 6N.
PHYS 171
General Relativity, Black Holes, and Cosmology
Upper Division
5 units
Special relativity is reviewed. Curved space-time, including the metric and geodesics, are illustrated with simple examples. The Einstein equations are solved for cases of high symmetry. Black-hole physics and cosmology are discussed, including recent developments. (Also offered as Astronomy and Astrophysics 171. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): PHYS 105, PHYS 110A, PHYS 110B, PHYS 116A, and PHYS 116B.
PHYS 180
Biophysics
Upper Division
5 units
Physical principles and techniques used in biology: X-ray diffraction; nuclear magnetic resonance; statistics, kinetics, and thermodynamics of macromolecules; viscosity and diffusion; DNA/RNA pairing; electrophoresis; physics of enzymes; biological energy conversion; optical tweezers. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 112; students who have a biochemistry background may contact instructor for permission. Restricted to juniors and seniors. (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
PHYS 182
Scientific Communication for Physicists
Upper Division
5 units
Explores the communication of physics to a wide range of audiences, including writing articles from the popular to the peer-reviewed level; critically analyzing the communication of scientific discoveries in the media; structuring the physics senior thesis; writing grant applications; assembling a personal statement for job and graduate school application; and assembling and critiquing oral presentations. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 133 and satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior majors in physics, astrophysics, applied physics, or physics education. Enrollment limited to 35.
PHYS 192
Directed Student Teaching
Upper Division
5 units
Teaching of a lower-division seminar under faculty supervision. (See course 42.) Prerequisite(s): upper-division standing; submission of a proposal supported by a faculty member willing to supervise.
PHYS 202
Introduction to Teaching in Physics
Graduate
2 units
A practical introduction to working as a teaching assistant for undergraduate classes in physics, including both teaching laboratories and running discussion sections. The training includes topics in classroom climate and inclusivity, active learning, motivating students, office hours, information technology, grading, communication with the instructor, and handling difficult situations. Students engaged in teaching in the same quarter are encouraged to apply the lessons in their classes and return with feedback to be discussed. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.
PHYS 205
Introduction to Research in Physics
Graduate
2 units
Introduction to current research opportunities at UCSC for graduate students. Topics include: elementary particle physics, condensed matter and solid state physics, high energy astrophysics, biophysics, and cosmology. Selected topics related to career development may also be included. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students or by permission of instructor.
PHYS 210
Classical Mechanics
Graduate
5 units
Generalized coordinates, calculus of variations, Lagrange's equations with constraints, Hamilton's equations, applications to particle dynamics including charged particles in an electromagnetic field, applications to continuum mechanics including fluids and electromagnetic fields, introduction to nonlinear dynamics. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.
PHYS 212
Electromagnetism I
Graduate
5 units
Electrostatics and magnetostatics, boundary value problems with spherical and cylindrical symmetry, multipole expansion, dielectric media, magnetic materials, electromagnetic properties of materials, time-varying electromagnetic fields, Maxwell's equations, conservation laws, plane electromagnetic waves and propagation, waveguides and resonant cavities. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.
PHYS 214
Electromagnetism II
Graduate
5 units
Lorentz covariant formulation of Maxwell's equations, dynamics of relativistic charged particles and electromagnetic fields, scattering and diffraction. Topics in classical radiation theory: simple radiating systems radiation by moving charges, multipole radiation, synchrotron radiation, Cerenkov radiation, bremsstrahlung and radiation damping. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 212. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.
PHYS 215
Introduction to Non-Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
Graduate
5 units
Mathematic introduction; fundamental postulates; time evolution operator, including the Heisenberg and Schrodinger pictures; simple harmonic oscillator and coherent states; one-dimensional scattering theory, including S-matrix resonant phenomena; two-state systems, including magnetic resonance; symmetries, including rotation group, spin, and the Wigner-Eckart theorem; rotationally invariant problems, including the hydrogen atom; gauge invariance, including Landau levels; introduction to path integral. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.
PHYS 216
Advanced Topics in Non-Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
Graduate
5 units
Approximate methods: time-independent perturbation theory, variational principle, time-dependent perturbation theory; three-dimensional scattering theory; identical particles; permutation symmetry and exchange degeneracy, anti-symmetric and symmetric states; many-body systems and self-consistent fields: variational calculations; second quantized formalism, including Fock spaces/number representation, field operators and Green functions; applications: electron gas; quantization of the electromagnetic field and interaction of radiation with matter: absorption, emission, scattering, photoelectric effect, and lifetimes. Prerequisite(s):PHYS 215. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.
PHYS 217
Quantum Field Theory I
Graduate
5 units
Lorentz invariance in quantum theory, Dirac and Klein-Gordon equations, the relativistic hydrogen atom, Green functions and canonical approach to field theory, quantum electrodynamics, Feynman diagrams for scattering processes, symmetries and Ward identities. Students learn to perform calculations of scattering and decay of particles in field theory. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 216 or exception by permission of the instructor. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students or by permission of the instructor.
PHYS 218
Quantum Field Theory II
Graduate
5 units
Path integral approach to quantum field theory. Theory of renormalization and the renormalization group, introduction to gauge theories and spontaneously broken field theories. Applications to the standard model of strong, weak, and electromagnetic interactions. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 217. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.
PHYS 219
Statistical Physics
Graduate
5 units
The basic laws of thermodynamics, entropy, thermodynamic potentials, kinetic theory of gases, quantum and classical statistical mechanics, virial expansion, linear response theory. Applications in condensed matter physics. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.
PHYS 220
Theory of Many-Body Physics
Graduate
5 units
Finite temperature Green functions, Feynman diagrams, Dyson equation, linked cluster theorem, Kubo formula for electrical conductivity, electron gas, random phase approximation, Fermi surfaces, Landau fermi liquid theory, electron phonon coupling, Migdal's theorem, superconductivity. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 216 and PHYS 219. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.
PHYS 221A
Introduction to Particle Physics I
Graduate
5 units
First quarter of a two-quarter graduate level introduction to particle physics, including the following topics: discrete symmetries, quark model, particle classification, masses and magnetic moments, passage of radiation through matter, detector technology, accelerator physics, Feynman calculus, and electron-positron annihilation. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 217 or concurrent enrollment. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.
PHYS 221B
Introduction to Particle Physics II
Graduate
5 units
Second quarter of a two-quarter graduate level introduction to particle physics, including the following topics: nucleon structure, weak interactions and the Standard Model, neutrino oscillation, quantum chromodynamics, CP violation, and a tour of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 221A; PHYS 217 or concurrent enrollment. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.
PHYS 222
Quantum Field Theory III
Graduate
5 units
Focuses on the theoretical underpinnings of the standard model, including the spontaneous symmetry breaking, the renormalization group, the operator product expansion, and precision tests of the Standard Model. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 218 and PHYS 221B. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.
PHYS 224
Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology
Graduate
5 units
Particle physics and cosmology of the very early universe: thermodynamics and thermal history; out-of-equilibrium phenomena (e.g., WIMPs freeze-out, neutrino cosmology, Big Bang nucleosynthesis, recombination); baryogenesis; inflation; topological defects. High-energy astrophysical processes: overview of cosmic ray and gamma ray astrophysics; radiative and inelastic processes; astroparticle acceleration mechanisms; magnetic fields and cosmic ray transport; radiation-energy density of the universe; ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays; dark-matter models; and detection techniques. (Formerly Origin and Evolution of the Universe.) (Also offered as Astronomy and Astrophysics 224. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.
PHYS 226
General Relativity
Graduate
5 units
Develops the formalism of Einstein's general relativity, including solar system tests, gravitational waves, cosmology, and black holes. (Also offered as Astronomy and Astrophysics 226. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.
PHYS 231
Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics
Graduate
5 units
Crystal structures, reciprocal lattice, crystal bonding, phonons (including specific heat), band theory of electrons, free electron model, electron-electron and electron-phonon interactions, transport theory. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 216 or equivalent course or by permission of the instructor. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, or by permission of instructor.
PHYS 232
Condensed Matter Physics
Graduate
5 units
Magnetism (para, ferro, anti-ferro, ferri), spin waves, superconductivity, introduction to semiconductors. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 231. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.
PHYS 233
Advanced Condensed Matter Physics
Graduate
5 units
A special topics course which includes areas of current interest in condensed matter physics. Possible topics include superconductivity, phase transitions, renormalization group, disordered systems, surface phenomena, magnetic resonance, and spectroscopy. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 231. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.
PHYS 234
Soft Condensed Matter Physics
Graduate
5 units
A selection of topics from: liquid crystals, biological systems, renormalization group and critical phenomena, stochastic processes, Langevin and Fokker Planck equations, hydrodynamic theories, granular materials, glasses, quasicrystals. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 219 and PHYS 232. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.
PHYS 240
Polymer Physics
Graduate
5 units
Statistical properties polymers. Scaling behavior, fractal dimensions. Random walks, self avoidance. Single chains and concentrated solutions. Dynamics and topological effects in melts. Polymer networks. Sol-gel transitions. Polymer blends. Application to biological systems. Computer simulations demonstrating much of the above. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 120. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.
PHYS 242
Computational Physics
Graduate
5 units
This course will apply efficient numerical methods to the solution of problems in the physical sciences which are otherwise intractable. Examples will be drawn from classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and electrodynamics. Students will apply a high-level programming language such as Mathematica to the solution of physical problems and will develop appropriate error and stability estimates. Prerequisite(s): basic programming experience in C or Fortran. No previous experience with Mathematica is required. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.
PHYS 251
Group Theory and Modern Physics
Graduate
5 units
Finite and continuous groups, group representation theory, the symmetric group and Young tableaux, Lie groups and Lie algebras, irreducible representations of Lie algebras by tensor methods, unitary groups in particle physics, Dynkin diagrams, Lorentz and Poincaré groups. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.
PHYS 290
Special Topics
Graduate
5 units
A series of lectures on various topics of current interest in physics at UC Santa Cruz. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit.
PHYS 291A
Cosmology
Graduate
2 units
Intensive research seminar on cosmology and related topics in astrophysics: nature of dark matter; origin of cosmological inhomogeneities and other initial conditions of the big bang; origin and evolution of galaxies and large scale structure in the universe. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit.
PHYS 291B
X-rays and Magnetism
Graduate
2 units
Research seminar on x-ray studies of the properties and behavior of magnetic materials. Topics include: the underlying physical interactions, experimental techniques, and selected examples from current research. This course includes a visit to the Advanced Light Source in Berkeley. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
PHYS 291C
Developments in Theoretical Particle Physics
Graduate
2 units
Seminar on the current literature of elementary particle physics, ranging from strong and weak interaction phenomenology to Higgs physics, supersymmetry, and superstring theory. Students may present their own research results. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 218. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
PHYS 291D
Experimental High-Energy Collider Physics
Graduate
2 units
Seminar on current results in experimental high-energy particle physics. Topics follow recently published results, including design of experiments, development of particle detector technology, and experimental results from new particle searches, quantum chromodynamics, and properties of heavy flavor quarks. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
PHYS 291E
Applied Physics
Graduate
2 units
Intensive research seminar on applied physics and related topics in materials science, including semiconductor devices, optoelectronics, molecular electronics, magnetic materials, nanotechnology, biosensors, and medical physics. Students may present their own research results. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
PHYS 291F
Experimental High-Energy and Particle Astrophysics Seminar
Graduate
2 units
Survey of current research in experimental high-energy and particle astrophysics. Recent observations and development in instrumentation for x-rays, gamma rays, and neutrinos, and evidence for dark matter and other new particles. Students lead discussion of recent papers. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15. May be repeated for credit.
PHYS 291G
Condensed Matter Physics Research Seminar
Graduate
2 units
Weekly seminar series covering topics of current interest in condensed matter physics. Local and external speakers discuss their work. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
PHYS 292
Seminar
Graduate
0 units
Weekly seminar attended by faculty and graduate students. Directed at all physics graduate students who have not taken and passed the qualifying examination for the Ph.D. program. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.