


Physics
603

Experimental Methods of Physics


Instrumentation for physical experiments. General philosophy of experimentation; signal processes; signal processing methods; instrument design and control; data acquisition and storage; specific detection methods.
Course Hours:
3 units; (30)

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Physics
605

Advanced Data Analysis


Methods of extraction of significant information from experimental data degraded by noise. Parametric and nonparametric statistical methods; curve fitting; spectral analysis; filtering, sampling, convolution and deconvolution techniques.
Course Hours:
3 units; (30)

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Physics
609

Advanced Classical Mechanics


Variational principles, Lagrange's equations, Noether's theorem. Hamilton's equations and canonical transformations. HamiltonJacobi theory, actionangle variables. Perturbation theory.
Course Hours:
3 units; (30)

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Physics
611

Statistical Physics


Classical and quantum ensemble theory applied to interacting systems: real gases, spin lattices, phase transitions. Kinetic theory: Boltzmann equation, transport processes, irreversible processes and fluctuations.
Course Hours:
3 units; (30)

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Physics
613

Electrodynamics


Interaction between charged particles and the electromagnetic field in relativistic formulation. Scattering and energy losses of charged particles. Radiation by charged particles.
Course Hours:
3 units; (30)

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Physics
615

NonRelativistic Quantum Mechanics


Mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics. Topics may include addition of angular momenta, ClebschGordan coefficients, WignerEckart theorem; charged particles in electric and magnetic fields; quantum operators; approximation methods; scattering; quantum nonlocality, EinsteinPodolskyRosen paradox, Bell's theorem.
Course Hours:
3 units; (30)

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Physics
617

Relativistic Quantum Mechanics


KleinGordon and Dirac equations; Dirac spinor and the adjoint spinor; charge (C), parity (P) and (T) transformations and CPT symmetry; relativistic corrections to atomic spectra.
Course Hours:
3 units; (30)

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Physics
619

Statistical Physics II


Topics Theories of equilibrium and nonequilibrium critical phenomena and methods to study fluctuating systems selected from the following list of topics: Percolation, scaling theory, phase transitions, LandauGinzburg theory, lattice models, Monte Carlo methods, renormalization group, selforganized criticality, theory of random graphs; Brownian motion, random walks and diffusion, FokkerPlanckEquation, Markov processes, stochastic differential equations, first passage times.
Course Hours:
3 units; (30)
Prerequisite(s):
Physics 611.

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Physics
621

Nonlinear Dynamics and Pattern Formation


Topics: Introduction to pattern formation and selforganization in nature: Reactiondiffusion systems, hydrodynamical systems, bistable media, excitable and oscillatory media, stability analysis, bifurcations, pattern selection, amplitude equations and normal forms, fronts, traveling waves, topological defects, spiral waves, spatiotemporal chaos, defectmediated turbulence, spatiotemporal point processes.
Course Hours:
3 units; (30)

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An introduction to Einstein's theory of gravitation. Applications to the solar system, black holes, and cosmology.
Course Hours:
3 units; (30)

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Physics
663

Applications of Stable Isotopes


Application of stable isotope techniques with special focus on Hydrogeology, Geology and Environmental Sciences. The use of isotopes to understand the water, carbon, nitrogen and sulphur cycles is demonstrated. Topics include hydrology, paleoclimates, geothermometry, fossil fuels exploration and recovery, pollutant tracing, food webs, forensic investigations, among others.
Course Hours:
3 units; (21)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.
Also known as:
(Geology 663)

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Physics
671

Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy


Atomic structure and spectra. Rotational, vibrational and electronic spectra of diatomic molecules, including microwave, infrared, Raman and visible/ultraviolet spectroscopic techniques. Hund's coupling cases. Polyatomic molecular spectroscopy. Examples from astronomy and upper atmosphere/space physics.
Course Hours:
3 units; (30)

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Physics
673

Quantum Optics


Lightmatter interaction at the quantum level, field quantization, quantum states of light, quasiprobability distributions, homodyne detection, photon detection, multiphoton interference, cavity quantum electrodynamics, open quantum systems, entanglement.
Course Hours:
3 units; (30)

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Physics
677

Implementations of Quantum Information


Proposals and realizations of quantum information tasks including quantum computation, quantum communication, and quantum cryptography in optical, atomic, molecular, and solid state systems.
Course Hours:
3 units; (30)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Department.

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Physics
691

Scientific Communication Skills


Required, multicomponent, program of courses for all graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy designed to assist students in improving their scientific oral and written communication skills.
691.11. Effective Scientific Speaking
691.12. Graduate Seminar
691.13. Effective Scientific Writing
Course Hours:
1.5 units; (2S0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to a Graduatelevel Physics and Astronomy program.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA

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Physics
698

Special Topics


Topics include: Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Physics, Radiation Oncology Physics, Space Physics, Computational Neuroscience, and Medical Imaging.
Course Hours:
3 units; (30) or (33)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to a Graduatelevel Physics and Astronomy program.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT

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Physics
699

Project in Physics


Each student will select a project in consultation with a supervisor. The project may be experimental or theoretical in nature. A written report and an oral presentation are required.
Course Hours:
3 units; (09)

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Physics
701

Independent Study


Each student will select a topic of study in consultation with a supervisor. The topic will be in the research area of the staff member. This course may not be used to meet the regular course requirements in the MSc and PhD programs.
Course Hours:
3 units; (09)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of Department.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT

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