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PHY101
Introduction to Physics I
4.00
Undergraduate
This is the first part of a two part introductory course for engineering students and for science students not majoring in physics. The course will introduce students to the fundamentals of mechanics and thermal physics.
PHY102
Introduction to Physics II
5.00
Undergraduate
This is a continuation of PHY 101 meant for engineers and non-physics majors. The course will introduce students to Electricity and Magnetism, Maxwell’s equations, light as an electromagnetic wave, and wave optics.
PHY103
Fundamentals of Physics I
5.00
Undergraduate
PHY 103 and 104 courses together with their labs forms the foundation, by the end of 1st semester, the student would have mastered the basic concepts underlying the Newtonian physics, Special theory of Relativity, and electromagnetism.
PHY104
Fundamentals of Physics II
5.00
Undergraduate
PHY 103 and 104 courses together with their labs forms the foundation, by the end of 1st semester, the student would have mastered the basic concepts underlying the Newtonian physics, Special theory of Relativity, and electromagnetism.
PHY105
Introduction to Computational Physics I
3.00
Undergraduate
This course is an introduction of computational physics with main emphasize on solving differential equations encountered in PHY 103 on a personal computer.
PHY106
Introduction to Computational Physics II
3.00
Undergraduate
This course in computational physics is centered around the idea of how to solve the partial differential equations encountered in PHY 104 on a personal computer.
PHY108
Physics For Life
4.00
Undergraduate
This course will provide an introduction to Newtonian mechanics, Fluids, Thermodynamics, Electricity & Magnetism and wave optics. This course is specially designed for UG students who are not having background of Mathematics and Physics at 10+2 level.
PHY201
Fundamentals of Thermal Physics
4.00
Undergraduate
This course introduces the fundamental of thermal physics emphasizing the universality of the laws of thermodynamics and their origin in statistical physics.
PHY202
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
4.00
Undergraduate
This course introduces the fundamental of quantum mechanics. These principles are illustrated by applying them to various interesting contemporary problems, using minimal of mathematical framework.
PHY203
Introduction to Mathematical Physics I
3.00
Undergraduate
Both PHY 203 & PHY 204 courses provide a modern introduction to mathematics for physics, using the two unifying ideas of linear vector spaces and differential forms.
PHY204
Introduction to Mathematical Physics II
3.00
Undergraduate
Both PHY 203 & PHY 204 courses provide a modern introduction to mathematics for physics, using the two unifying ideas of linear vector spaces and differential forms.
PHY205
Waves and Oscillations
4.00
Undergraduate
This course introduces fundamental phenomenon associated with oscillating systems. It starts with normal modes for discrete systems and then generalizes it to continuous system. This leads to wave equations and the phenomenon of interference, diffraction and polarization.
PHY206
Electronics I
4.00
Undergraduate
This course is a hands-on course on electronics for undergraduate students. In this course students will be introduced to circuit design, voltage & current sources, filters, thermionic emission, and semiconductor devices like diodes, transistors, oscillators . This course also covers the application of these concepts in instruments like multi-meter, cathode ray oscilloscope and others.
PHY207
Abridge course for Minor students
4.00
Undergraduate
PHY 207 is a bridge course specially designed for students who have already taken PHY101 and PHY102 instead of PHY103 and PHY104. The course supplements and develops their understanding of Newtonian physics and classical electromagnetism.
PHY208
Advanced Experimental Physics I
3.00
Undergraduate
PHY 208 is an advanced lab course which aims to offer an experiential learning through a wide range of experiments and projects based on Thermodynamics, Optics and Modern Physics.
PHY255
Introduction to Biophysics
3.00
Undergraduate
This course aims to expose students to Physics concepts essential to understand Physical aspects of various biological systems and processes.
PHY301
Classical Mechanics
4.00
Undergraduate
This is an advanced course in classical mechanics at the level of Landau & Lifshitz, Volume-1. It covers: Lagrangian Mechanics, Rigid Body Motion and Hamiltonian Formalism.
PHY302
Statistical Physics
4.00
Undergraduate
This course introduces the fundamental concept of statistical physics and thermodynamics from a modern point of view. It covers the fundamental principles of statistical physics and thermodynamics, Classical and Quantum gases, and Phase transitions.
PHY303
Classical Electrodynamics
4.00
Undergraduate
This is an advance course in electrodynamics. It also covers techniques for solving partial differential equations encountered in solving Maxwell’s equations, emphasizing the universal nature of these techniques and their connection to underlying symmetries in the problem.
PHY304
Condensed Matter Physics
4.00
Undergraduate
This is an introductory course in condensed matter physics. It covers Crystals, lattices and symmetry group of lattices, lattice vibrations, electrons in solid, conductors, insulators, & semi-conductors.
PHY305
Quantum Mechanics I
4.00
Undergraduate
This is an introduction to quantum mechanics at the level of modern quantum mechanics by Sakurai. It covers The Dirac formalism, quantum dynamics, theory of angular momentum, symmetry in quantum mechanics, and approximation methods.
PHY306
Quantum Mechanics II
4.00
Undergraduate
This course in quantum mechanics builds on PHY 304. It covers scattering theory, systems with identical particles, second quantization, Bose and Fermi Statistics, introduction to atomic and nuclear physics.
PHY307
Electronics - II
4.00
Undergraduate
This digital electronic course is a continuation to PHY206 course. This covers the Boolean algebra, logic gates, advanced electronic circuits including, operational amplifiers, adder, A/D and D/A convertors, flip flops, timers, counters. The underlying concepts will be further strengthened by introducing 8085/8086 microprocessor and its programming.
PHY308
Advanced Experimental Physics - II
3.00
Undergraduate
PHY 308 is a lab course offering an opportunity for hands-on learning through physics experiments based on various physics concepts covering Condensed matter physics and interaction of matter and energy.
PHY315
Particle and Nuclear Physics
3.00
Undergraduate
Course description not available.
PHY409
Quantum Field Theory
3.00
Undergraduate
This course gives an introduction to the concepts of Quantum Field Theory, which comes about from combining Quantum Mechanics and Special Relativity. It introduces useful techniques for calculating Feynman diagrams and cross-sections for some common interactions.
PHY410
Introduction to High Energy Particle Physics
3.00
Undergraduate
This course introduces the experimental results and the theoretical concepts that lead to the formulation of the standard model of particle physics
PHY413
General Theory of Relativity
3.00
Undergraduate
The subject of general theory of relativity will cover curved space times, idea of black holes and gravitational waves.
PHY416
Soft Matter Physics
3.00
Undergraduate
Course description not available.
PHY417
Topics in Quantum Many Body Theory
3.00
Undergraduate
Course description not available.
PHY451
Materials Characterization Techniques
3.00
Undergraduate
This course covers the interaction of matter with photons, electrons and charge particles, and the related characterization techniques. The fundamentals of each technique will be discussed with suitable examples.
PHY499
Undergraduate Thesis
12.00
Undergraduate
Undergraduate thesis is a research project, spread over two consecutive semesters, in which students will work extensively on a research problem of current interest under the guidance of a faculty member.
PHY415
Non-linear dynamics
3.00
Undergraduate
Nonlinear dynamics will deal with fundamental properties of nonlinear systems and the question of non-integrability.
PHY414
Computational and Numerical Analysis
3.00
Undergraduate
Numeric and computational techniques to calculate roots of polynomials and other nonlinear functions; determinants, eigenvalues, and eigenvectors, solutions to differential equations; applications of FFT, finite difference expressions, interpolation and approximation, numerical differentiation and integration, by emphasizing on the algorithms and their implementation in the FORTRAN program language.
PHY412
Introduction to Experimental Techniques in Particle Physics
3.00
Undergraduate
This course introduces the student to detectors, data analysis and other experimental techniques used in experimental particle physics.
PHY411
Classical Field theory and general relativity
3.00
Undergraduate
The first part of this course reformulates classical electrodynamics as a field theory and the second part introduces general theory of relativity.
PHY408
Advanced Condensed Matter Physics
3.00
Undergraduate
This is an advanced course in condensed matter emphasizing the special properties of solids: magnetism, super fluidity and superconductivity, dielectrics and ferroelectrics.
PHY406
Advanced Quantum Mechanics
3.00
Undergraduate
This course introduces a student to relativistic quantum mechanics. It includes The Dirac equation and an introduction to quantum electrodynamics.
PHY402
Classical Theory of Fields
3.00
Undergraduate
This course has two parts. The first part reformulates classical electrodynamics as a field theory. The second part introduces general theory of relativity.
PHY501
Classical Mechanics
3.00
Graduate
Course description not available.
PHY502
Classical Dynamics
3.00
Graduate
Course description not available.
PHY503
Quantum Mechanics
3.00
Graduate
Course description not available.
PHY505
States of Matter
3.00
Graduate
Course description not available.
PHY506
Review of Classical Mechanics
1.50
Graduate
Course description not available.
PHY507
Review of Statistical Mechanics
1.50
Graduate
Course description not available.
PHY508
Review of Quantum Mechanics
1.50
Graduate
Course description not available.
PHY509
Review of Classical Electrodynamics
1.50
Graduate
Course description not available.
PHY548
Advanced Topics in Non-linear Dynamics
3.00
Graduate
Course description not available.
PHY550
Solid State Physics
3.00
Graduate
This course covers the application of concepts of classical mechanics, electrodynamics, quantum mechanics and statistical physics to study properties and structure of matter (solids and liquids). It also aims to develop an understanding of behavior of applied materials.
PHY551
NanoMaterial and NanoPhysics
3.00
Graduate
This is an interdisciplinary advanced level Ph.D. course in which various nanomaterials processing techniques, including chemical and physical vapor deposition, lithography, self-assembly, and ion implantation will be introduced. Tools commonly used to characterize nanomaterials will be introduced. The structural, mechanical, optical and electronic properties which arise due to nano-scale structure will be discussed from the point of view of nano-scale devices and application.
PHY557
Probability, Statistics, Matrix Theory and Applications
3.00
Graduate
Course description not available.
PHY563
Computational and Numerical Analysis
3.00
Graduate
Course description not available.
PHY568
Physics Of Semiconductor Materials And Devices
3.00
Graduate
The course covers the electric polarization and their types, dipoles, frequency and temperature dependence of polarization, local field and Clausius-Mossotti equation, dielectric constant, loss and breakdown; Applications of high-k materials, ferroelectricity, pyroelectricity and piezoelectricity, electrical memory/hysteresis loop, fatigue testing, pyro and piezo coefficients; Shape Memory alloys: types, working, properties, manufacturing and applications.
PHY569
Complex Fluids
3.00
Graduate
Course description not available.
PHY572
Soft Matter Physics
3.00
Graduate
Course description not available.
PHY573
Characterization Of Materials
3.00
Graduate
Course description not available.
PHY574
Materials Characterization Techniques I
3.00
Graduate
This course covers the basic interaction of matter with photons, elastic and non–elastic scatterings, characterization techniques: Ultra-violet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS), Raman spectroscopy, Extended X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS), X-ray fluorescence, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV- Visible spectroscopy, Photoluminescence (PL), Electroluminescence (EL) and Cathode luminescence (CL).
PHY575
Characterization of Materials II
3.00
Graduate
This course covers the basic interaction of matter with electrons, neutrons, ions, energetic particles, elastic and non–elastic scatterings, and characterization techniques: Optical microscopy, Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Scanning probe microscopy (SPM), Atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction, Energy dispersive X-ray analysis. X- Ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS).
PHY578
Introduction to Thin Films
3.00
Graduate
This course covers the crystals structure, defects, bonding, phase diagram, kinetics, diffusion, nucleation and growth, trapping, surface diffusion, growth models, vacuum techniques; thin film deposition techniques: thermal evaporation, e-beam evaporation, sputtering, molecular beam epitaxy, chemical vapor deposition, pulsed laser deposition; thin film properties: materials surface, structural, mechanical, optical, electrical, magnetic properties; thin film based devises and applications.
PHY599
Explorations in Research
3.00
Graduate
Course description not available.
PHY588
Fundamentals of Ion-Solid Interactions
3.00
Graduate
Introduction to ion beam processes, ion implanter and applications, interatomic potential, Thomas-Fermi statistical model, classical two-particle scattering theory, differential scattering cross-section, energy-loss process in solid, Fermi-teller model, ZBL universal scattering function, ion range & distribution, Straggling, radiation damage in solid, Thermal spikes, Mono-Carlo simulation, diffusion in solid, sputtering, applications of ion beam, ordering-disordering, alloying, Hume-Rothery rules, ion-mixing, phase transition, doping semiconductors, location of dopants via Rutherford backscattering and ion channeling.
PHY566
Introduction to String Theory
3.00
Graduate
The aim of this course is to introduce the basic concepts of string theory by applying quantum mechanics to a relativistic string. In this manner the student will deepen his or her understanding of quantum mechanics and will also be able to appreciate the diverse areas of physics in which the mathematical description of a string like object is useful.
PHY564
Advanced Simulation Techniques
3.00
Graduate
This course gives an introduction to various simulation techniques such as Monte Carlo, Classical Molecular Dynamics, Quantum Simulations: time-independent Schrödinger equation in one dimension (radial or linear equations); scattering from a spherical potential, Born approximation, bound state solutions; single particle time-dependent Schrödinger equations; Hartree-Fock theory: restricted and unrestricted theory applied to atoms; Schrödinger equation in a basis: matrix operations, variational principle, density functional theory, quantum molecular dynamics.
PHY562
Experimental Techniques in Particle Physics
3.00
Graduate
This course is intended to give an in-depth study of detector, data analysis and other experimental techniques used in particle physics. Modern particle detectors such as micro-pattern gaseous detectors, drift chambers, silicon detectors, calorimeters, Cherenkov detectors and others are discussed along with advanced statistical methods and data analysis techniques to extract results.
PHY560
Particle Physics Phenomenology
3.00
Graduate
Introduction, decay rates and cross Sections, the Dirac equation and spin, interaction by particle exchange, electron – positron annihilation, electron – proton scattering, deep inelastic scattering, symmetries and the quark model, QCD and color, V-A and the weak interaction, leptonic weak interactions, the CKM matrix and CP violation, electroweak unification and the W and Z, tests of the standard model, the Higgs Boson and beyond.
PHY556
Introduction to Quantum Field Theory
3.00
Graduate
This course introduces the techniques of quantum field theory and its application to condensed matter physics and particle physics.
PHY554
Advanced Statistical Physics
3.00
Graduate
This course covers the critical phenomena, Landau-Ginzburg theory of phase transition, renormalisation group, time-dependent phenomena in condensed matter, Correlation and response, Langevin theory, Fokker Plank and Smoluchowski equations, broken symmetry, hydrodynamics of simple fluids, stochastic models and dynamical critical phenomena, nucleation and spinodal decomposition, and topological defects.
PHY558
Semiconductor Physics and Devices
3.00
Graduate
This course outlines the physics, applications and technology of Semiconductors. The course covers energy band structures in semiconductors, dopants and defects, charge transport, electronic and optical properties, excitons and other quasi-particles, semiconductor heterostructures, diodes, LEDs, photovoltaic, LASERS and field-effect transistors (FETs). The concepts of these conventional devices will be extended to the emerging areas of new generation of flexible electronic and optoelectronics devices based on unconventional materials like metal oxides and organic semiconductors.
PHY570
BIOSENSORS: General principles and advanced sensing techniques
3.00
Graduate
This course covers the basic sensor terminologies (linearity, sensitivity, selectivity, response time, etc.), analyte surface interactions, Bio-MEMS, concepts of microfluidic devices, and various advanced detection techniques such as, fluorescence, surface plasmon resonance (SPR), impedance spectroscopy, scanning probe microscopy (SPM), surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERC), and electrochemical methods.
PHY589
Ion Beam Based Materials Characterization Techniques
3.00
Graduate
Ion accelerator, instrumentations, basic interaction of matter with ions, energy loss process, elastic and non–elastic scatterings, characterization techniques: Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), Ion channeling, Resonance channeling, Proton induced X-ray emission (PIXE), Elastic recoil detection analysis (ERDA), Nuclear reaction analysis (NRA), pitfalls in ion beam analysis, and radiation safety.