Course Offerings

These courses are typically offered for our graduate students. For a complete course listing, including credit hours and prerequisites please refer to the CSU general catalog.

PH 521  Introduction to Lasers. Stimulated emission; laser resonators; theory of laser oscillation; specific laser systems; applications.

PH 522  Introductory Laser Laboratory. Experiments providing hands-on experiences with lasers.

PH 531  Introductory Solid State Physics. Crystal structures and bonding, electronic levels and vibrations, dielectric, optical and magnetic properties, quasiparticles, superconductivity.

PH 541  Classical Physics. Linear and orbital motions, rotation, moment-of-inertia matrix, electrostatics, images, magnetostatics, induction, Maxwell’s equations

PH 561  Elementary Particle Physics.  Particle interactions and detection techniques. Quark model, scattering models and standard model of electroweak interactions, physics of colliders.

PH 571  Mathematical Methods for Physics I. Vector analysis, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, infinite series, method of Frobenius, complex variables, contour integration.

PH 572  Mathematical Methods for Physics II. Partial differential equations, Sturm-Liouville theory, special functions, Green’s functions, Fourier series, Fourier and Laplace transforms.

PH 621  Classical Mechanics. Central forces, scattering, noninertial reference frames, Coriolis force, Lagrange’s and Hamilton’s equations, small oscillations, continuum mechanics.

PH 631  Solid State Physics. Electronic band structure and conduction phenomena; cohesive energy; lattice dynamics and thermal properties; metals; insulators; semiconductors.

PH 641  Electromagnetism I. Electrostatics in a vacuum and a medium, general solution of Laplace’s equation, Green’s functions, magnetostatics in a vacuum and a medium.

PH 642  Electromagnetism II. Maxwell’s equations, electromagnetic waves, radiation by accelerated charges, special relativity, Lagrangian formulation of electromagnetism.

PH 651  Quantum Mechanics I . WKB theory, Heisenberg picture, 3D wells, hydrogen atom, time-independent perturbation theory, angular momentum and spin, Clebsch-Gordan coefficients.

PH 652  Quantum Mechanics II. Wigner-Eckhart theorem, symmetries, density matrix, identical particles, interaction picture, time-dependent perturbation theory, scattering.

PH 671  Statistical Mechanics II. Canonical and grand-canonical ensembles; Maxwell-Boltzmann, Bose-Einstein, and Fermi-Dirac statistics; density operator; Bose-Einstein condensation.