Courses

Course Title Course Description
PHYS 1000 New Student Seminar

PHYS 1000 - New Student Seminar


Credit Hours: (1)
An introduction to the different disciplines within physics, professional opportunities available to physics majors in industry and academia, research interests of the department, and opportunities for student research in the department. This course is required for all Physics majors. Students present both a paper and a talk about physics to their peers and complete a plan of study for their undergraduate degree.
Prerequisite(s): Student must be a declared Physics major.
Semester/s Offered : Fall

PHYS 1100 Conceptual Physics

PHYS 1100 - Conceptual Physics


Credit Hours: (3)
A discovery-oriented course which covers a broad spectrum of general physics at a conceptual level, making it a suitable science elective for liberal arts students.  Topics include: states of matter, kinematics and dynamics of motion, force, energy and momentum, electricity and magnetism, waves, sound, and light.
Semester/s Offered: Fall, Spring
PHYS 1100L Conceptual Physics Laboratory

PHYS 1100L - Conceptual Physics Laboratory


Credit Hours: (1)
Laboratory investigations illustrating experimental techniques and fundamental principles of natural phenomena.
Pre- or Corequisite(s): PHYS 1100 
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three laboratory hours each week.
Semester/s Offered: Fall, Spring
PHYS 1101 Introductory Physics 

PHYS 1101 - Introductory Physics I


Credit Hours: (3)
First semester of a two semester algebra-based introductory sequence in physics. Introduction to the fundamental principles of natural phenomena. Topics include: kinematics and dynamics of particles, momentum, work, energy, conservation laws, and mechanics of rigid bodies. Knowledge of basic algebra and trigonometry is needed.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours each week.
Semester/s Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
PHYS 1101L Introductory Physics I Laboratory

PHYS 1101L - Introductory Physics I Laboratory


Credit Hours: (1)
Laboratory investigations illustrating experimental techniques and fundamental principles of natural phenomena. Three laboratory hours each week. If a student has completed PHYS 2101L with grade of C or above in in a previous semester, the student is exempted from taking PHYS 1101L.
Pre- or Corequisite(s): PHYS 1101.
Semester/s Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
PHYS 1102 Introductory Physics II

PHYS 1102 - Introductory Physics II


Credit Hours: (3)
Second semester of the algebra-based introductory sequence in physics. An introduction to topics in electromagnetism, optics, and nuclear physics. A knowledge of basic algebra and trigonometry is needed for this course.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 1101 with grade of C or above.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours each week.
Semester/s Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
PHYS 1102L Introductory Physics II Laboratory

PHYS 1102L - Introductory Physics II Laboratory


Credit Hours: (1)
A continuation of PHYS 1101L. If a student has completed PHYS 2102L with grade of C or above in a previous semester, the student is exempted from taking PHYS 1102L.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 1101L or PHYS 2101L.
Pre- or Corequisite(s): PHYS 1102.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three laboratory hours each week.
Semester/s Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
PHYS 1130 Introduction to Astronomy

PHYS 1130 - Introduction to Astronomy


Credit Hours: (3)

Introduction to space science, including the historical beginnings of astronomy; motions of celestial bodies; the solar system; optical and radio astronomy; structure and evolution of stars; galaxies; and cosmology.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours each week.
Semester/s Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
PHYS 1130L Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory

PHYS 1130L - Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory


Credit Hours: (1)
Experimental investigations relating to the acquisition of and interpretation of astronomical data.
Pre- or Corequisite(s): PHYS 1130.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: One three-hour laboratory each week.

Semester/s Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer (Evenings)

PHYS 1201 Sports and Physics

PHYS 1201 - Sports and Physics


Credit Hours: (3)
Fundamental physics concepts are introduced and discussed using only sports-related applications, primarily golf, baseball/softball, and auto racing. Specific physics concepts include forces, Newton’s Laws, conservation of energy, conservation of linear momentum, conservation of angular momentum, Bernoulli’s principle for fluid flow, centripetal force, vibrations and sound, and heat transfer. In addition, an understanding of materials characteristics are important to the discussions.
Semester/s Offered: Fall, Spring
PHYS 1201L Sports and Physics Laboratory

PHYS 1201L - Sports and Physics Laboratory


Credit Hours: (1)
Experimental investigations illustrating the physical principals related to sports activities. Laboratories include analysis of the physics involved in activities such as basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, soccer, hockey, and football.
Corequisite(s): PHYS 1201.
Semester/s Offered: Fall, Spring
PHYS 1202 Introduction to Physics in Medicine

PHYS 1202 - Introduction to Physics in Medicine


Credit Hours: (3)
An introductory level course that covers the basics physics principles behind technologies currently used in medicine. Examines topics in surgical instrumentation and medical imaging (e.g., the use of lasers in medicine, MRI, ultrasound, CT scanning, and nuclear medicine.)
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours each week.
Semester/s Offered: Fall
PHYS 1203 Physics of Music

PHYS 1203 - Physics of Music


Credit Hours: (3)
Fundamental physics concepts are introduced related to the production and interpretation of sound in musical instruments and the human voice. Specific concepts include forces, kinematics, energy, pressure, simple harmonic motion, fluids, traveling and standing waves, and acoustics. Relationship of physical principles to notes, scales, melody, harmony, rhythm, loudness, pitch, timbre, musical instruments, room acoustics, and recording.
Semester/s Offered: Spring
PHYS 1203L Physics of Music Laboratory

PHYS 1203L - Physics of Music Laboratory


Credit Hours: (1)
Laboratory component covering topics introduced in PHYS 1203. Laboratories include the design and construction of wind and string instruments and percussion.
Corequisite(s): PHYS 1203.
Semester/s Offered: Spring
PHYS 2101 Physics for Science and Engineering I

PHYS 2101 - Physics for Science and Engineering I


Credit Hours: (3)
First semester of a two-semester calculus-based introductory sequence in general physics. Topics include: kinematics and dynamics of particles, momentum, work, energy, conservation laws, simple harmonic motion, and mechanics of rigid bodies.
Prerequisite(s): MATH 1241 with grade of C or above.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours each week.
Semester/s Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
PHYS 2101L Physics for Science and Engineering I Laboratory

PHYS 2101L - Physics for Science and Engineering I Laboratory


Credit Hours: (1)
Experiments selected from motion on an inclined plane, circular motion, momentum and energy in collisions, torques, and conservation laws. Use of the computer for organizing, graphing and analyzing data.. If a student has completed PHYS 1101L with grade of C or above in a previous semester, the student is exempted from taking PHYS 2101L.
Pre- or Corequisite(s): PHYS 2101.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Two laboratory hours each week
Semester/s Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer (Evening labs are available)
PHYS 2102 Physics for Science and Engineering II

PHYS 2102 - Physics for Science and Engineering II


Credit Hours: (3)
Second semester of the calculus-based introductory sequence in general physics. Topics include: electric charge, electric fields, and magnetic fields.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 2101 and MATH 1242 with grades of C or above.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours each week
Semester/s Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
PHYS 2102L Physics for Science and Engineering II Laboratory

PHYS 2102L - Physics for Science and Engineering II Laboratory


Credit Hours: (1)
A continuation of PHYS 2101L. Experiments selected from series and parallel circuits, RC circuits, EMF and terminal potential difference, electromagnets, and magnetic induction.. If a student has completed PHYS 1102L with grade of C or above in a previous semester, the student is exempted from taking PHYS 2102L.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 2101L (or PHYS 1101L).
Pre- or Corequisite(s): PHYS 2102.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Two laboratory hours each week
Semester/s Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer (Evening labs are available)
PHYS 3000 Topics in Physics

PHYS 3000 - Topics in Physics


Credit Hours: (1-4)
Special topics which are introductory in nature. May not be applied toward the degree requirements for “additional hours at the 3000/4000 level” without approval of the departmental Undergraduate Studies Committee. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of department.
Semester/s Offered: On Demand
PHYS 3101 Topics and Methods of General Physics

PHYS 3101 - Topics and Methods of General Physics


Credit Hours: (3)
Intregration of mathemcatical concepts with basic physical principals. Physics topics chosen from material covered in PHYS 2101 and PHYS 2102. Mathematical concepts include approximation methods, integration and differentiation, vector algebra, and coordinate system. Excercises and problems will emphasize topics traditionally challenging to beginning physics students. An emphasis is placed on developing additional background and problem solving skills necessary for students to succeed in upper division physics courses.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 2102 and MATH 1242 both with grades of C or above.
Semester/s Offered: Spring
   

PHYS 3102 - Physics for Scientists and Engineers III


Credit Hours: (3)

This course covers additional topics in physics at an introductory level. Subjects include wave motion, geometrical and physical optics, electromagnetic waves and thermodynamics. An emphasis is placed on developing additional background and problem solving skills to succeed in upper level physics courses.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 2102  with grades of C or above.
Pre- or Corequisite(s): MATH 2171

PHYS 3121 Classical Mechanics I

PHYS 3121 - Classical Mechanics I


Credit Hours: (3)
Topics include: Newtonian mechanics, kinetic energy, work and potential energy, harmonic oscillators, projectiles and charged particles without and with viscous friction, linear and angular momentum, vector algebra and coordinate transformations, Taylor expansions, mathematical analysis using complex numbers, Fourier series analysis of vibrational motions.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 3101 or ECGR 2112; and MATH 2171; both with grades of C or above.
Pre- or Corequisite(s): MATH 2241.
Semester/s Offered: Fall
PHYS 3141 Introduction to Modern Physics

PHYS 3141 - Introduction to Modern Physics


Credit Hours: (3)
Topics include: Special relativity, quantization of charge, light, and energy, the nuclear atom, wavelike properties of particles, introduction to nuclear reactions and applications, introduction to solid state physics, and introduction to particle physics.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 2102 or PHYS 1102; and MATH 1241; both with grades of C or above.
Pre- or Corequisite(s): MATH 1242.
Semester/s Offered: Fall, Spring
PHYS 3160 Stellar Astrophysics

PHYS 3160 - Astrophysics I (Stellar Astrophysics)


Credit Hours: (3)
An introduction to stellar structure and evolution. Topics covered include observational techniques, the interaction of light and matter, spectral classification, stellar structure and energy transport, nuclear energy sources, evolution off the main sequence, variable stars, and stellar remnants.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 3141 and MATH 2171 or permission of instructor.
Semester/s Offered: Spring (Odd years)
PHYS 3210 Introduction to Computational Physics

PHYS 3210 - Introduction to Computational Physics


Credit Hours: (3)
Building on elementary concepts in physics, an introduction to how computers are used to solve physics problems is given. Skills in programming will be developed in the context of applying computational methods to calculate a variety of physical properties found in mechanics and electrodynamics. Techniques for simulating and visualizing the behavior of systems ranging in complexity starting from a single particle, to a few, to many particles are introduced. Also covered are methods for data analysis, including fitting and plotting results graphically that best highlight physical relationships between variables.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 2102 and MATH 2171 with grades of C or above.
Semester/s Offered: Spring
PHYS 3220 Mathematical Methods in Physics

PHYS 3220 - Mathematical Methods in Physics


Credit Hours: (3)
Topics include: distribution functions, solutions to ordinary and partial differential equations, boundary value problems, Fourier analysis, vectors and matrices, vector calculus, and complex variables.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 2102, PHYS 3101, and MATH 2241 with grades of C or above.
Pre- or Corequisite(s): Optional MEGR 3121 (for PHYS/MEGR dual majors in place of PHYS 3101 prerequisite).
Semester/s Offered: Fall
PHYS 3282 Advanced Laboratory in Modern Physics

PHYS 3282 - Advanced Laboratory in Modern Physics


Credit Hours: (3)
Selected laboratory work in areas such as atomic spectra, radioactive decay, and the interaction of radiation with matter. Emphasis on development of sound laboratory techniques, methods of data analysis, oral communication of results, and the writing of formal laboratory reports.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 3141 with grade of C or above.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three hours of laboratory each week.
Other Requirements Satisfied: General Education - Oral Communication (O), General Education - Writing in the Disciplines (W)
Semester/s Offered: Spring
PHYS 3283 Advanced Laboratory in Classical Physics

PHYS 3283 - Advanced Laboratory in Classical Physics


Credit Hours: (3)
Selected laboratory work in areas such as mechanics, electricity and magnetism, acoustics and thermal physics. Topics are chosen for their relation to important principles and techniques, or for their historical significance. Emphasis on development of sound laboratory techniques, methods of data analysis, and the writing of formal laboratory reports.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 2102 and PHYS 2102L with grades of C or above.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three hours of laboratory each week.
Other Requirements Satisfied: General Education - Writing in the Disciplines (W)
Semester/s Offered: Fall
PHYS 3400 Internship in Community Education and Service Credit Hours: (3)
A project oriented, service-learning internship with cooperating community organizations. Does not count as credit toward departmental requirements in physics. Graded on a Pass/No Credit basis. May be repeated for credit one time with permission of department.
Prerequisite(s): Junior standing, acceptance into the internship program and approval by the Physics department.
Semester/s Offered: On Demand
PHYS 3590 Physics Cooperative Education and 49ership Experience

PHYS 3590 - Physics Cooperative Education and 49ership Experience


Credit Hours: (0)
Registration in PHYS 3590 is required of co-op and 49ership students during each of the semesters they are working. Acceptance into the Experiential Learning Program by the University Career Center is required. Participating students pay a course registration fee for transcript notation (49ership and co-op). Assignments must be arranged and approved in advance.  The Cooperative Education Program is only open to undergraduate students; graduate level students are encouraged to contact their academic departments to inquire about academic or industrial internship options for credit.  For more information, contact the University Career Center. Graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Course may be repeated.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of 30 credit hours at UNC Charlotte (transfer students must complete 12 credit hours), a minimum GPA of 2.0 for 49ership/service 49ership or 2.5 for co-op students, good standing with the University and permission of department.
Semester/s Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
PHYS 3900 Senior Project

PHYS 3900 - Undergraduate Research


Credit Hours: (1-3)
Independent research experience under the supervision of faculty member.. Up to three credit hours of PHYS 3900 may be applied toward the physics degree requirement of “additional PHYS hours at the 3000/4000 level” with approval of the Departmental Undergraduate Research Coordinator. May be repeated for credit one time with permission of department
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 3282; PHYS 3283; permission of Departmental Undergraduate Research Coordinator; and, when taken for honors credit, approval of a proposal through the Honors College Application to Candidacy process the semester prior to taking the course.
Semester/s Offered: On Demand
PHYS 4000 Selected Topics in Physics

PHYS 4000 - Selected Topics in Physics


Credit Hours: (1-4)
Advanced special topics. May not be applied toward the degree requirements for “additional hours at the 3000/4000 level” without approval of the departmental Undergraduate Studies Committee. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of department.

Semester/s Offered: On Demand

PHYS 4140 Nuclear Physics

PHYS 4140 - Nuclear Physics


Credit Hours: (3)

A study of the nucleus, radioactivity, nuclear reactions, fission, fusion, interactions of radiation with matter and measurement of radiation.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 3141 and MATH 2171 with grades of C or above.
Semester/s Offered: Spring

PHYS 4151 Thermal Physics

PHYS 4151 - Thermal Physics


Credit Hours: (3)
An introduction to heat, thermodynamics, kinetic theory, and statistical physics. Topics include: classical thermodynamics, Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distributions.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 3141 and PHYS 3101 with grades of C or above, CHEM 1251 and CHEM 1251L, MATH 2241.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours a week.
Semester/s Offered: Spring

PHYS 4181 Solid State and Semiconductor Physics Laboratory

PHYS 4181 - Solid State Physics


Credit Hours: (3)
An introduction to solid-state physics. Topics include: crystal structures, reciprocal lattices, phonons, free electron Fermi gases, band structures, and electrical, magnetic, and optical properties of metals, semiconductors, and insulators.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 3141 or permission of department.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours each week.
Semester/s Offered: Fall, Spring
PHYS 4222 Classical Mechanics II

PHYS 4222 - Classical Mechanics II


Credit Hours: (3)
Continuation of PHYS 3121. Topics include: Lagrangian mechanics, two-body central force problems, coupled oscillators and normal modes, Hamiltonian mechanics, non-inertial frames, rigid body motion.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 3121 and MATH 2241.
Semester/s Offered: Spring
PHYS 4231 Electromagnetic Theory I

PHYS 4231 - Electromagnetic Theory I


Credit Hours: (3)
The first course of a two-semester sequence. Topics include: vector analysis, electrostatics and electric fields in matter.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 3121 or MEGR 2144; PHYS 3220 or MATH 2242; and MATH 2171 with grades of C or above.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours each week.
Semester/s Offered: Spring
PHYS 4232 Electromagnetic Theory II

PHYS 4232 - Electromagnetic Theory II


Credit Hours: (3)
A continuation of PHYS 4231. Topics include: magnetostatics, electrodynamics, electromagnetic waves, potentials and fields.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 4231 with grade of C or above.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours each week.
Semester/s Offered: Fall
PHYS 4241 Quantum Mechanics I

PHYS 4241 - Quantum Mechanics I


Credit Hours: (3)
Topics include: blackbody radiation, solutions of the time-independent Schrodinger equation, unbound and bound states, the infinite square well, the harmonic oscillator, the hydrogen atom, spin operators, and the Stern-Gerlach experiment.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 3220 or MATH 2241; PHYS 3121 or MEGR 2144; PHYS 3141, and MATH 2171 with grades of C or above.
Semester/s Offered: Fall
PHYS 4242 Quantum Mechanics II

PHYS 4242 - Quantum Mechanics II


Credit Hours: (3)
A continuation of PHYS 4241. Topics include: perturbation theory, atoms in external electric and magnetic fields, the Stark and Zeeman effects, the WKB approximation, selection rules for electromagnetic radiation, scattering theory, multi-electron atoms, and electrons in solids, Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac distributions.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 4241 with grade of C or above.
Semester/s Offered: Spring
PHYS 4271 Waves and Optics

PHYS 4271 - Waves and Optics


Credit Hours: (3)
Topics include: ray analysis of common optical elements, wave properties of light, the superposition of periodic and non-periodic waves, and selected topics from geometrical and physical optics.
Prerequisite(s): MATH 2171 with grade of C or above.
Pre- or Corequisite(s): PHYS 3121 or MEGR 2144.
Semester/s Offered: Fall
PHYS 4151 Thermal Physics

PHYS 4151 - Thermal Physics

Credit Hours: (3)

An introduction to heat, thermodynamics, kinetic theory, and statistical physics. Topics include: classical thermodynamics, Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distribution.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 3141 and PHYS 3101 with grades of C or above, CHEM 1251 and CHEM 1251L, MATH 2241.

PHYS 4281 Advanced Laboratory in Modern Optics

PHYS 4281 - Advanced Laboratory in Modern Optics


Credit Hours: (3)
Selected experiments on topics such as fiber optics, interferometry, spectroscopy, polarization, and holography. Emphasis on the development of sound laboratory techniques, methods of data analysis, and the writing of formal laboratory reports.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 3141 and PHYS 3121 (or MEGR 2144) with grades of C or above.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Six hours of laboratory each week.
Other Requirements Satisfied: General Education - Writing in the Disciplines (W)
Semester/s Offered: Spring (Even years only)
PHYS 4800 Investigations

PHYS 4800 - Investigations


Credit Hours: (1-3)
An independent investigation on a topic approved by the department Undergraduate Studies Committee.. No more than two credit hours may be applied toward the degree requirements for “additional hours at the 3000/4000 level.” May be repeated for credit up to 4 credits
Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.
Semester/s Offered: On Demand
PHYS 5000 Selected Topics in Physics

PHYS 5000 - Selected Topics in Physics


Credit Hours: (0-4)
Selected advanced topics in physics. May be repeated for credit with permission of department.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015
PHYS 5220 Computational Methods in Physics

PHYS 5220 - Computational Methods in Physics


Credit Hours: (3)
Use of computers in solving physics problems including computational and mathematical methods to solve problems in classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, nuclear physics, optics, and solid state physics. Computer solutions include numerical methods of integration, solving differential equations, curve fitting, and statistical analysis in physics.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
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PHYS 5222 Classical Mechanics II

PHYS 5222 - Classical Mechanics II


Credit Hours: (3)
The second course of a two-semester sequence treating particle dynamics, the motion of systems of particles, rigid body motion, moving coordinate systems, Lagrange’s equations, Hamilton’s equations, and small oscillations.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 3121 and MATH 2241. Continuation of PHYS 3121.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours a week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015
PHYS 5231 Electromagnetic Theory I  
PHYS 5232 Electromagnetic Theory II

PHYS 5232 - Electromagnetic Theory II


Credit Hours: (3)
The second course in a two-semester sequence. Topics include: magnetostatics in free space and in matter, electromagnetic induction, vector and scalar potentials, magnetic properties of materials, Maxwell’s equations in free space and in matter, propagating electromagnetic waves, and boundary value problems.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 4231. Continuation of PHYS 4231.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours a week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Fall 2013, Fall 2014
PHYS 5242 Modern Physics II

PHYS 5242 - Modern Physics II


Credit Hours: (3)
An extension of PHYS 4241 to include more advanced topics such as generalized eigenvalue problems, angular momentum, spin, the hydrogen atom, and perturbation theory, with selected applications from atomic, solid state, and nuclear physics.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 4241.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours a week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015
PHYS 5271 Priciples of Geometrical and Physical Optics

PHYS 5271 - Waves and Optics


Credit Hours: (3)
Topics include: the mathematics of wave motion, light as an example of an electromagnetic wave, the superposition of periodic and non-periodic waves, and selected topics from geometrical and physical optics.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 2102 with a grade of C or above, senior standing, and MATH 2171. Exceptions by permission of the instructor.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2015
PHYS 5350 Teaching and Learning Physics

PHYS 5350 - Teaching and Learning Physics


Credit Hours: (3)
A course on how people learn and understand key ideas related to physics. Course focus includes physics content, pedagogical methods and curriculum, cognitive science, and physics education research. Course includes opportunities for teaching and individualized projects.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 2102 or permission of instructor.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Has not been offered in the last three years
OPTI 6000 Selected Topics in Optics

OPTI 6000 - Selected Topics in Optics


Credit Hours: (3)
Selected topics in optics from areas such as medical optics, adaptive optics, all optical networks, etc. May be repeated for credit with change of topic.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of Optics Program Director.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 8000.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015
PHYS 6101 Biophysics

PHYS 6101 - Biophysics


Credit Hours: (3)
Principles of physics relevant to biological media; electrical activity, optical microscopy, and spectrophotometry. Photosynthesis and light absorption. Models of blood flow and the cardiovascular system. Dynamics of membrane lipids and ionic flow. Visual and audio systems. Radiation biophysics, ultrasonic interaction in biological media. Credit cannot be awarded for both PHYS 6101 and 8101.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Fall 2014
OPTI 6101 Mathematical Methods of Optical Science and Engineering

OPTI 6101 - Mathematical Methods of Optical Science and Engineering


Credit Hours: (3)
Topics include: matrix theory, series and Frobenius methods of solutions to ordinary differential equations, separation of variables techniques for partial differential equations, special functions, Fourier series, and transform methods. Topical coverage will emphasize applications specific to the field of optics.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 8101.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Fall 2013, Fall 2014
OPTI 6102 Principles of Geometrical and Physical Optics

OPTI 6102 - Principles of Geometrical and Physical Optics


Credit Hours: (3)
Ray analysis of common optical elements (mirrors, lenses and systems of lenses, prisms). Reflection and refraction at plane and spherical surfaces, thin and thick lenses, lensmaker’s equation, field of view, and numerical aperture. Wave properties of light, superposition of waves, diffraction, interference, polarization, and coherence. Optics of thin films.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 8102.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Fall 2013, Fall 2014
OPTI 6103 Light Sources and Detectors

OPTI 6103 - Light Sources and Detectors


Credit Hours: (3)
The nature of light, blackbody radiation. Optical sources, including discharge lamps, light-emitting diodes, gas and solid state lasers. Quantum wells. Continuous wave and pulsed (mode-locked, Q-switched) lasers. Selected solid-state laser systems. Light detection, including thermal and quantum detectors, photomultiplier tubes, diode detectors. Noise in light sources and detectors.
Prerequisite(s): OPTI 6211 or permission of instructor.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 8103.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
OPTI 6104 Electromagnetic Waves

OPTI 6104 - Electromagnetic Waves


Credit Hours: (3)
Maxwell’s equations, the electromagnetic wave equation, and electromagnetic wave functions. Waves in dielectric and conducting media, dispersion. Reflection, refraction, transmission, internal reflection, and evanescent waves at an interface. Intensity. Introduction to guided waves.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 8104.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Spring 2014, Spring 2015
OPTI 6105 Optical Properties of Materials

OPTI 6105 - Optical Properties of Materials


Credit Hours: (3)
Photophysical and photochemical processes in materials. Linear and nonlinear optical properties of materials. Optical properties of semiconductors and crystals. Optical transmission, absorption, and reflection. Fluorescence of organic and inorganic materials. Chiral molecular systems.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 8105.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Fall 2014
OPTI 6110 Seminar

OPTI 6110 - Seminar


Credit Hours: (1)
Topics include: discussion and analysis of topics of current interest in optics; effective techniques for making presentations and utilizing library materials; ethical issues in science and engineering. One semester of seminar is required of all students in the Optics M.S. program during each of their first two semesters of residence. After the first two semesters, students are required to attend a minimum number of designated lectures. May be repeated for credit up to 4 credits.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to Optics M.S. program.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: One to two hours per week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015
PHYS 6121 Classical Dynamics

PHYS 6121 - Classical Dynamics


Credit Hours: (3)
Hamilton’s principles and mechanics of particles. The two-body central force problem. Rigid body motion. Small oscillations and the eigenvalue equation.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 4222. Variational principles and Lagrange’s equations.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Has not been offered in the last three years.
PHYS 6131 Classical Electromagnetism I

PHYS 6131 - Classical Electromagnetism I


Credit Hours: (3)
Electrostatic and boundary value problems. Multipole expansions, dielectrics and magnetostatics. Maxwell’s equations, time varying fields and conservation laws. Plane electromagnetic waves and wave propagation. Wave guides and resonant cavities. Simple radiating systems. Scattering and diffraction theory.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 4232.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Has not been offered in the last three years.
PHYS 6132 Classical Electromagnetism II

PHYS 6132 - Classical Electromagnetism II


Credit Hours: (3)
Special theory of relativity. Dynamics of relativistic particles and electromagnetic fields. Charged particle collisions and scattering. Radiation by moving charges. Bremsstrahlung, virtual quanta, and beta decay theory. Multipole expansions and fields. Radiation damping. Self-fields of particles. Scattering and absorption of radiation by a bound system.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 6131.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Has not been offered in the last three years.
PHYS 6141 Quantum Theory I

PHYS 6141 - Quantum Theory I


Credit Hours: (3)
Principles of non-relativistic wave mechanics. The Schrodinger equation, linear harmonic oscillator and WKB approximation. Central forces and angular momentum. The hydrogen atom.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 4242.
PHYS 6142 Quantum Theory II

PHYS 6142 - Quantum Theory II


Credit Hours: (3)
Scattering theory, linear vector spaces, spin, two level systems. Quantum dynamics, symmetry operations, bound state and timedependent perturbation theory. Theory of scattering, angular momentum, and identical particles.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 6141.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Has not been offered in the last three years.
PHYS 6201 Fourier Optics

PHYS 6201 - Fourier Optics


Credit Hours: (3)
Coherent optical imaging systems, optical filtering, optical data processing, and holography. Application of Fourier optics and holography.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 4271 or permission of instructor. Principles of scalar, Fresnel, and Fraunhofer diffraction theory.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Has not been offered in the last three years.
OPTI 6201 Fourier Optics and Holography

OPTI 6201 - Fourier Optics and Holography


Credit Hours: (3)
Principles of scalar, Fresnel, and Fraunhofer diffraction theory. Coherent optical data processing. Optical filtering and data processing. Holography.
Prerequisite(s): OPTI 6102 and OPTI 6104.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 8201.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Has not been offered in the last three years.
PHYS 6202 Fundamentals of Biomedical Optics

PHYS 6202 - Fundamentals of Biomedical Optics


Credit Hours: (3)

Basic principles underlying tissue optics, laser-tissue interactions, and optical imaging, microscopy, and spectroscopy for medical applications.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 6202.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Spring 2014, Spring 2015
PHYS 6203 Methods of Molecular Modeling and Simulation in Physics

PHYS 6203 - Methods of Molecular Modeling and Simulation in Physics


Credit Hours: (3)
Numerical methods. Atomic models of soft-matter systems: liquids, polymers, and biomolecules. Molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo methods. Inter-particle potentials. Methods of efficient conformational sampling. Free energy calculations. Introduction to fundamental methods of molecular simulations designed to characterize and predict properties of microscopic systems in materials, physics, and biology. Classical simulations and their connection to experimentally measurable properties.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Has not been offered in the last three years.
OPTI 6205 Advanced Optical Materials

OPTI 6205 - Advanced Optical Materials


Credit Hours: (3)
Molecular optical materials including fabrication methods. Luminescence centers; quenching. Nonlinear optics, including higher order terms of the susceptibility tensor. Photonic crystals.
Prerequisite(s): OPTI 6104 and OPTI 6105 or ECGR 6133/ECGR 8133.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 8205.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Has not been offered in the last three years.
PHYS 6210 Theoretical Physics

PHYS 6210 - Theoretical Physics


Credit Hours: (3)
Topics include: Matrices, power series, solutions to ordinary and partial differential equations, Hilbert space, Fourier integrals, boundary value problems, Green’s functions, and complex analysis.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of department.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Fall 2013
PHYS 6211 Introduction to Modern Optics

PHYS 6211 - Introduction to Modern Optics


Credit Hours: (3)
Theory of laser oscillation, optical resonators, interaction of radiation and atomic systems, giant pulsed lasers, laser systems. Wave propogation in nonlinear media, modulation of optical radiation, noise in optical detection and generation. Interaction of light and sound. Laser types and applications including the free-electron laser.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 4271 or permission of department.
OPTI 6211 Introduction to Modern Optics

OPTI 6211 - Introduction to Modern Optics


Credit Hours: (3)
Fourier analysis and holography, Coherence. Introduction to light production and detection. Optical modulation, including EO effect, Kerr effect, amplitude modulation, magnetooptic effect, photoelastic effect, and acousto-optic effect. Introduction to nonlinear optics. Photonic switching.
Prerequisite(s): OPTI 6102 or permission of instructor.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 8211.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
OPTI 6212 Integrated Photonics

OPTI 6212 - Integrated Photonics


Credit Hours: (3)
Theory and application of optical waveguides, free-space micro-optics, and integrated photonic devices. Fabrication and integration techniques, including motivations for choice of approach (hybrid vs. monolithic, materials, size, performance, etc). Modeling and simulation. Students will be required to work with mathematical packages such as Matlab and/or Mathematica to illustrate key concepts and to implement beam propagation/optical modeling simulations.
Prerequisite(s): OPTI 6102 and OPTI 6104.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 8212.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Fall 2014
PHYS 6220 Computational Methods in Physics

PHYS 6220 - Computational Methods in Physics


Credit Hours: (3)
se of computers in solving physics problems including computational and mathematical methods to solve problems in classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, nuclear physics, optics, and solid state physics. Computer solutions include numerical methods of integration, solving differential equations, curve fitting, and statistical analysis in physics.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5210.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Spring 2014
PHYS 6221 Optical Communications I

PHYS 6221 - Optical Communications I


Credit Hours: (3)
Introduction to optical communications. Optical waveguides (attenuation, dispersions, etc.). Basic communication blocks such as lasers, optical modulators, and optical transceivers. Passive and active photonic components such as tunable lasers, optical amplifiers, SOAs, l-converters, and filters. Coherent and incoherent detection. Signal processing, photonic switching, and point-to-point connections.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 4242, PHYS 6241, or ECGR 5165.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Has not been offered in the last three years
OPTI 6221 Optical Communications

OPTI 6221 - Optical Communications


Credit Hours: (3)
Introduction to optical communications and basic communication block such as lasers, optical modulators, and optical transceivers. Review of fibers (attenuation, dispersions, etc.). Optical amplifiers. Passive and active photonic components such as tunable lasers and filters. Coherent and incoherent detection. Signal processing, photonic switching, and point-to-point links / connections.
Prerequisite(s): OPTI 6102 and OPTI 6103.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 8221.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Has not been offered in the last three years.
OPTI 6222 Optical Communication Networks

OPTI 6222 - Optical Communication Networks


Credit Hours: (3)
Optical signal coding, multiplexing and de-multiplexing. Timedomain medium access (TDM (SONET) and TDMA), wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM and WDMA). Optical networks, add-drop multiplexing (OADM), switching and routing technologies, Dispersion management. Optical clock and timing recovery. Optical amplification, wavelength conversion, transport, and networking protocols. Broadband ISDN concepts. Access, metro, and longhaul network topologies.
Prerequisite(s): OPTI 6221 or graduate standing in ECE, CS, or IT.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 8222.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Has not been offered in the last three years.
PHYS 6241 Light Sources and Detectors

PHYS 6241 - Light Sources and Detectors


Credit Hours: (3)
Wave nature of light, basic semiconductor properties, light sources, light detectors and modulators, optical waveguides, optical systems with applications, and selected topics in nonlinear optics.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 4241 or permission of department.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Has not been offered in the last three years.
OPTI 6241 Optical System Function and Design

OPTI 6241 - Optical System Function and Design


Credit Hours: (3)
Advanced study of telescopes, microscopes, cameras, off-axis imaging systems, stops, apertures, multiple lenses, use and selection of ray trace computer codes.
Prerequisite(s): OPTI 6102.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 8241.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Spring 2013, Fall 2014
OPTI 6242 Optical Propagation in Inhomogeneous Media

OPTI 6242 - Optical Propagation in Inhomogeneous Media


Credit Hours: (3)
Advanced study of free space propagation, scattering, and scintillation of Gaussian and uniform beam waves. Random processes, weak fluctuation theory, propagation through complex paraxial optical systems
Prerequisite(s): OPTI 6102 and OPTI 6104.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 8242.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Has not been offered in the last three years.
OPTI 6244 High Speed Photonics and Optical Instrumentation

OPTI 6244 - High Speed Photonics and Optical Instrumentation


Credit Hours: (3)
Study of instrumentation used for generation, detection, and manipulation of light in optical circuits. Topics include: ultrashort pulse generation, photon-phonon interactions, 2nd & 3rd harmonic generation, squeezed light, optical tweezers, OPO, electro-optic modulators, selective polarizers, optical switches, amplifiers, multiplexing and mixing schemes, and application of CCD and CMOS cameras and detectors.
Prerequisite(s): OPTI 6103 and OPTI 6104.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 8244.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Has not been offered in the last three years.
PHYS 6251 Statistical Physics

PHYS 6251 - Statistical Physics


Credit Hours: (3)
Classical and quantum statistical mechanics. Statistical thermodynamics. Ensembles, partition functions, fluctuations, ideal Fermi and Bose gas systems.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Has not been offered in the last three years.
PHYS 6261 Nuclear Physics

PHYS 6261 - Nuclear Physics


Credit Hours: (3)
A study of the nucleus, radioactivity, nuclear reactions, fission, fusion, interactions of radiation with matter and measurement of radiation.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Spring 2013, Spring 2014
OPTI 6261 Modern Coherence Theory

OPTI 6261 - Modern Coherence Theory


Credit Hours: (3)
Stochastic processes. Second order coherence of scalar and vector wavefields, radiation and states of coherence. Quantum wavefields.
Prerequisite(s): OPTI 6102 and OPTI 6104.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 8261.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Fall 2013
PHYS 6271 Advanced Solid State Physics

PHYS 6271 - Advanced Solid State Physics


Credit Hours: (3)
Crystal structure. Electromagnetic, electron, mechanical, and elastic wave interactions with crystals. Theory of X-ray diffraction. Energy band theory of metals and semiconductors. Optical properties of solids, phase transitions, and amorphous solids. Quantum mechanics of covalent bonding, phonon excitation, and thermal energy.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
OPTI 6271 Advanced Physical Optics

OPTI 6271 - Advanced Physical Optics


Credit Hours: (3)
Advanced study of electromagnetic wave propagation, stratified media, physics of geometrical optics, polarization and crystal optics, absorption and dispersion, interference, propagation and diffraction.
Prerequisite(s): OPTI 6101, OPTI 6102, and OPTI 6104.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 8271.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Has not been offered in the last three years.
PHYS 6281 Modern Optics Laboratory

PHYS 6281 - Modern Optics Laboratory


Credit Hours: (3)
Selected experiments in such modern optics areas as fiber optics, holography, spectroscopy, and Fourier optics.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 3281 or permission of instructor.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Six laboratory hours each week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Spring 2013
OPTI 6281 Modern Optics Laboratory

OPTI 6281 - Modern Optics Laboratory


Credit Hours: (3)
Selected experiments in areas of modern optics such as fiber optics, interferometry, spectroscopy, polarization, optical metrology, and holography. Six laboratory hours per week.
Prerequisite(s): OPTI 6102.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 8281.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Spring 2013
PHYS 6301 Radiation Detection, Instrumentation, and Data Analysis  
PHYS 6302 Radiation Protection and Dosimetry  
PHYS 6303 Imaging in Medicine  
PHYS 6304 Physics of Diagnostic Radiology and Radiotherapy  
PHYS 6401 Clinical Medical Physics  
OPTI 6691 Research Seminar I

OPTI 6991 - Thesis Research


Credit Hours: (1-3)
Research for the thesis. Graded on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis. May be repeated for credit up to 18 credits.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to candidacy.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Spring 2014, Summer 2014, Fall 2014
PHYS 6991 Physics Thesis Research I

PHYS 6991 - Physics Thesis Research I


Credit Hours: (1-3)
Research for the thesis. Letter grade assigned. May be repeated for credit up to 6 credits.
Prerequisite(s): admission to candidacy and permission of instructor.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Summer 2015
PHYS 6992 Physics Thesis Research II

PHYS 6992 - Physics Thesis Research II


Credit Hours: (1-4)
Research for the thesis. Graded on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis. May be repeated for credit up to 4 credits.
Prerequisite(s): PHYS 6991 and permission of instructor.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Spring 2014, Summer 2014, Summer 2015
PHYS 7999 Master's Degree Graduate Residency Credit  
OPTI 7999 Master's Degree Graduate Residency Credit  
OPTI 8000 Selected Topics in Optics

OPTI 8000 - Selected Topics in Optics


Credit Hours: (3)
Selected topics in optics from areas such as medical optics, adaptive optics, all optical networks, etc. May be repeated for credit with change of topic.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of Optics Program Director.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 6000.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015
PHYS 8101 Biophysics  
OPTI 8101 Mathematical Methods of Optical Science and Engineering

OPTI 8101 - Mathematical Methods of Optical Science and Engineering


Credit Hours: (3)
Topics include: matrix theory, series and Frobenius methods of solutions to ordinary differential equations, separation of variables techniques for partial differential equations, special functions, Fourier series, and transform methods. Topical coverage emphasizes applications specific to the field of optics.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 6101.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Fall 2013, Fall 2014
OPTI 8102 Principles of Geometrical and Physical Optics

OPTI 8102 - Principles of Geometrical and Physical Optics


Credit Hours: (3)
Ray analysis of common optical elements (mirrors, lenses and systems of lenses, prisms). Reflection and refraction at plane and spherical surfaces, thin and thick lenses, lensmaker’s equation, field of view, and numerical aperture. Wave properties of light, superposition of waves, diffraction, interference, polarization, and coherence. Optics of thin films.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 6102.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Fall 2013, Fall 2014
OPTI 8103 Light Sources and Detectors

OPTI 8103 - Light Sources and Detectors


Credit Hours: (3)
The nature of light, blackbody radiation. Optical sources, including discharge lamps, light-emitting diodes, gas and solid state lasers. Quantum wells. Continuous wave and pulsed (mode-locked, Q-switched) lasers. Selected solid-state laser systems. Light detection, including thermal and quantum detectors, photomultiplier tubes, diode detectors. Noise in light sources and detectors.
Prerequisite(s): OPTI 8211 or permission of instructor.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 6103.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
OPTI 8104 Electromagnetic Waves

OPTI 8104 - Electromagnetic Waves


Credit Hours: (3)
Maxwell’s equations, the electromagnetic wave equation, and electromagnetic wave functions. Waves in dielectric and conducting media, dispersion. Reflection, refraction, transmission, internal reflection, and evanescent waves at an interface. Intensity. Introduction to guided waves.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 6104.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Spring 2014, Spring 2015
OPTI 8105 Optical Properties of Materials

OPTI 8105 - Optical Properties of Materials


Credit Hours: (3)
Photophysical and photochemical processes in materials. Linear and nonlinear optical properties of materials. Optical properties of semiconductors and crystals. Optical transmission, absorption, and reflection. Fluorescence of organic and inorganic materials. Chiral molecular systems.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 6105.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Fall 2014
OPTI 8110 Seminar

OPTI 8110 - Seminar


Credit Hours: (1)
Topics include: discussions of current interest in optical science and engineering; effective techniques for giving presentations; patents and technology transfer; utilizing library materials; and ethical issues in science and engineering. Attendance is required.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015
OPTI 8201 Fourier Optics and Holography

OPTI 8201 - Fourier Optics and Holography


Credit Hours: (3)
Principles of scalar, Fresnel, and Fraunhofer diffraction theory. Coherent optical data processing. Optical filtering and data processing. Holography.
Prerequisite(s): OPTI 8102 and OPTI 8104.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 6201.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Has not been offered in the last three years.

OPTI 8202

Fundamentals of Biomedical Optics

OPTI 8202 - Fundamentals of Biomedical Optics


Credit Hours: (3)
Basic principles underlying tissue optics, laser-tissue interactions, and optical imaging, microscopy, and spectroscopy for medical applications.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 6202 and PHYS 6202.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Spring 2015
OPTI 8205 Advanced Optical Materials

OPTI 8205 - Advanced Optical Materials


Credit Hours: (3)
Molecular optical materials including fabrication methods. Luminescence centers; quenching. Nonlinear optics, including higher order terms of the susceptibility tensor. Photonic crystals.
Prerequisite(s): OPTI 8104 and OPTI 8105; or ECGR 6133 or ECGR 8133.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 6205.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Has not been offered in the last three years.
OPTI 8211 Introduction to Modern Optics

OPTI 8211 - Introduction to Modern Optics


Credit Hours: (3)
Fourier analysis and holography, Coherence. Introduction to light production and detection. Optical modulation, including EO effect, Kerr effect, amplitude modulation, magnetooptic effect, photoelastic effect, and acousto-optic effect. Introduction to nonlinear optics. Photonic switching.
Prerequisite(s): OPTI 6102 or permission of instructor.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 8211.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
OPTI 8212 Integrated Photonics

OPTI 8212 - Integrated Photonics


Credit Hours: (3)
Theory and application of optical waveguides, free-space micro-optics, and integrated photonic devices. Fabrication and integration techniques, including motivations for choice of approach (hybrid vs. monolithic, materials, size, performance, etc). Modeling and simulation. Students will be required to work with mathematical packages such as Matlab and/or Mathematica to illustrate key concepts and to implement beam propagation/optical modeling simulations.
Prerequisite(s): OPTI 8102 and OPTI 8104.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 6212.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Fall 2014
OPTI 8221 Optical Communications

OPTI 8221 - Optical Communications


Credit Hours: (3)
Introduction to optical communications and basic communication block such as lasers, optical modulators, and optical transceivers. Review of fibers (attenuation, dispersions, etc.). Optical amplifiers. Passive and active photonic components such as tunable lasers and filters. Coherent and incoherent detection. Signal processing, photonic switching, and point-to-point links / connections.
Prerequisite(s): OPTI 8102 and OPTI 8103.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 6221.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Has not been offered in the last three years.
OPTI 8222 Optical Communication Networks

OPTI 8222 - Optical Communication Networks


Credit Hours: (3)
Optical signal coding, multiplexing and demultiplexing. Time-domain medium access (TDM (SONET) and TDMA), wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM and WDMA). Optical networks, add-drop multiplexing (OADM), switching and routing technologies, Dispersion management. Optical clock and timing recovery. Optical amplification, wavelength conversion, transport, and networking protocols. Broadband ISDN concepts. Access, metro, and long-haul network topologies.
Prerequisite(s): OPTI 8221.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 6222.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Has not been offered in the last three years.
OPTI 8241 Optical System Function and Design

OPTI 8241 - Optical System Function and Design


Credit Hours: (3)
Advanced study of telescopes, microscopes, cameras, off-axis imaging systems, stops, apertures, multiple lenses, use and selection of ray trace computer codes.
Prerequisite(s): OPTI 8102 .
Cross-listed as: OPTI 6241.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Spring 2013, Fall 2014
OPTI 8242 Optical Propagation in Inhomogeneous Media

OPTI 8242 - Optical Propagation in Inhomogeneous Media


Credit Hours: (3)
Advanced study of free space propagation, scattering, and scintillation of Gaussian and uniform beam waves. Random processes, weak fluctuation theory, propagation through complex paraxial optical systems
Prerequisite(s): OPTI 8102 and OPTI 8104.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 6242.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Has not been offered in the last three years.
OPTI 8244 High Speed Photonics and Optical Instrumentation

OPTI 8244 - High Speed Photonics and Optical Instrumentation


Credit Hours: (3)
Study of instrumentation used for generation, detection, and manipulation of light in optical circuits. Topics include: ultrashort pulse generation, photon-phonon interactions, 2nd & 3rd harmonic generation, squeezed light, optical tweezers, OPO, electro-optic modulators, selective polarizers, optical switches, amplifiers, multiplexing and mixing schemes, and application of CCD and CMOS cameras and detectors.
Prerequisite(s): OPTI 8103 and OPTI 8104.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 6244.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Has not been offered in the last three years.
OPTI 8261 Modern Coherence Theory

OPTI 8261 - Modern Coherence Theory


Credit Hours: (3)
Stochastic processes. Second order coherence of scalar and vector wavefields, radiation and states of coherence. Quantum wavefields.
Prerequisite(s): OPTI 8102 and OPTI 8104.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 6261.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Fall 2013
OPTI 8271 Advanced Physical Optics

OPTI 8271 - Advanced Physical Optics


Credit Hours: (3)
Advanced study of electromagnetic wave propagation, stratified media, physics of geometrical optics, polarization and crystal optics, absorption and dispersion, interference, propagation and diffraction.
Prerequisite(s): OPTI 8101, OPTI 8102, and OPTI 8104.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 6271.
Hours of Lecture and/or Lab per week: Three lecture hours per week.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Has not been offered in the last three years.
OPTI 8281 Modern Optics Laboratory

OPTI 8281 - Modern Optics Laboratory


Credit Hours: (3)
Selected experiments in areas of modern optics such as fiber optics, interferometry, spectroscopy, polarization, optical metrology, and holography. Six laboratory hours per week.
Prerequisite(s): OPTI 8102.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 6281.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Spring 2013
OPTI 8381 Engineering Metrology

OPTI 8381 - Engineering Metrology


Credit Hours: (3)
Introduction to metrology and standards.  Uncertainty, precision and accuracy in metrology.  Measurement of size and form, computational methods in measurement of form. Measurement of surface texture and out of roundness. Machine tool and robot accuracy and calibration. Evaluation of screw threads and gears. Introduction to design of precision instruments.  
Prerequisite(s): MEGR 3282 or equivalent.  
Cross-listed as: MEGR 6181, MEGR 8181, and OPTI 6381.
OPTI 8384 Advanced Surface Metrology

OPTI 8384 - Advanced Surface Metrology


Credit Hours: (3)
Constituents of surface texture, stylus, optical, atomic force microscope and other advanced methods of measuring surface texture.  Two and three dimensional measurement of surfaces. Separation of form, waviness and roughness.  Random process analysis techniques, use of transforms for filtering.  Numerical evaluation of surface texture.  Use of surface texture as fingerprint of the process.  Relationship between function and surface texture.
Prerequisite(s): MEGR 6181 or permission of department.
Cross-listed as: MEGR 7284, MEGR 8284, and OPTI 6384
OPTI 8691 Research Seminar I

OPTI 8691 - Research Seminar


Credit Hours: (1-3)
A seminar in which independent study may be pursued by the student, or a group of students, under the direction of a professor. May be repeated for credit up to 6 credits.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Optics Program Director.
Cross-listed as: OPTI 6691.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015
OPTI 8991 Dissertation Research

OPTI 8991 - Dissertation Research


Credit Hours: (1-3)
Research for the dissertation. Graded on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis. May be repeated for credit up to 45 credits.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to candidacy.
Most Recently Offered (Day): Spring 2014, Summer 2014, Fall 2014
OPTI 9999 Doctoral Degree Graduate Residency Credit