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PHYSICS 171: Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory, and Statistical Mechanics II

Mean-field theory of phase transitions; critical exponents. Ferromagnetism, the Ising model. The renormalization group. Dynamics near equilibrium: Brownian motion, diffusion, Boltzmann equations. Other topics at discretion of instructor. Prerequisite: PHYSICS 170. Recommended pre- or corequisite: PHYSICS 130.
Terms: Win | Units: 4 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

PHYSICS 172: Solid State Physics (APPPHYS 272)

Introduction to the properties of solids. Crystal structures and bonding in materials. Momentum-space analysis and diffraction probes. Lattice dynamics, phonon theory and measurements, thermal properties. Electronic structure theory, classical and quantum; free, nearly-free, and tight-binding limits. Electron dynamics and basic transport properties; quantum oscillations. Properties and applications of semiconductors. Reduced-dimensional systems. Undergraduates should register for PHYSICS 172 and graduate students for APPPHYS 272. Prerequisites: PHYSICS 170 and PHYSICS 171, or equivalents.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

PHYSICS 190: Independent Research and Study

Undergraduate research in experimental or theoretical physics under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisites: superior work as an undergraduate Physics major and consent of instructor.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 1-9 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Abel, T. (PI) ; Alonso, J. (PI) ; Baer, T. (PI) ; Blandford, R. (PI) ; Block, S. (PI) ; Bucksbaum, P. (PI) ; Burchat, P. (PI) ; Burke, D. (PI) ; Cabrera, B. (PI) ; Chang, H. (PI) ; Diehn, M. (PI) ; Dimopoulos, S. (PI) ; Doniach, S. (PI) ; Drell, P. (PI) ; Fisher, G. (PI) ; Fisher, I. (PI) ; Goldhaber-Gordon, D. (PI) ; Gratta, G. (PI) ; Hartnoll, S. (PI) ; Hayden, P. (PI) ; Hollberg, L. (PI) ; Irwin, K. (PI) ; Kachru, S. (PI) ; Kapitulnik, A. (PI) ; Kasevich, M. (PI) ; Kuo, C. (PI) ; Lev, B. (PI) ; Lipa, J. (PI) ; Macintosh, B. (PI) ; Manoharan, H. (PI) ; Maxim, P. (PI) ; McGehee, M. (PI) ; Moler, K. (PI) ; Palanker, D. (PI) ; Pande, V. (PI) ; Perl, M. (PI) ; Petrosian, V. (PI) ; Raghu, S. (PI) ; Raubenheimer, T. (PI) ; Romani, R. (PI) ; Roodman, A. (PI) ; Scherrer, P. (PI) ; Schindler, R. (PI) ; Schleier-Smith, M. (PI) ; Schwartzman, A. (PI) ; Su, D. (PI) ; Susskind, L. (PI) ; Suzuki, Y. (PI) ; Tantawi, S. (PI) ; Vasy, A. (PI) ; Wacker, J. (PI) ; Wagoner, R. (PI) ; Wechsler, R. (PI) ; Wieman, C. (PI)

PHYSICS 205: Senior Thesis Research

Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 1-12 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Alonso, J. (PI) ; Baer, T. (PI) ; Beasley, M. (PI) ; Bloom, E. (PI) ; Bucksbaum, P. (PI) ; Burchat, P. (PI) ; Cabrera, B. (PI) ; Cappelli, M. (PI) ; Church, S. (PI) ; Colby, E. (PI) ; Dimopoulos, S. (PI) ; Doniach, S. (PI) ; Drell, P. (PI) ; Everitt, C. (PI) ; Fisher, I. (PI) ; Goldhaber-Gordon, D. (PI) ; Graham, P. (PI) ; Gratta, G. (PI) ; Hartnoll, S. (PI) ; Hayden, P. (PI) ; Hollberg, L. (PI) ; Irwin, K. (PI) ; Kachru, S. (PI) ; Kasevich, M. (PI) ; Laughlin, R. (PI) ; Lev, B. (PI) ; Mabuchi, H. (PI) ; Macintosh, B. (PI) ; Manoharan, H. (PI) ; McGehee, M. (PI) ; Moler, K. (PI) ; Osheroff, D. (PI) ; Pande, V. (PI) ; Partridge, R. (PI) ; Perl, M. (PI) ; Peskin, M. (PI) ; Petrosian, V. (PI) ; Qi, X. (PI) ; Raubenheimer, T. (PI) ; Romani, R. (PI) ; Roodman, A. (PI) ; Safavi-Naeini, A. (PI) ; Scherrer, P. (PI) ; Schleier-Smith, M. (PI) ; Schwartzman, A. (PI) ; Shen, Z. (PI) ; Susskind, L. (PI) ; Wacker, J. (PI) ; Wagoner, R. (PI) ; Wechsler, R. (PI) ; Wieman, C. (PI) ; Yamamoto, Y. (PI)

PHYSICS 210: Advanced Mechanics (PHYSICS 110)

Terms: Aut | Units: 3-4 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Hartnoll, S. (PI)

PHYSICS 211: Continuum Mechanics

Elasticity, fluids, turbulence, waves, gas dynamics, shocks, and MHD plasmas. Examples from everyday phenomena, geophysics, and astrophysics.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Doniach, S. (PI)

PHYSICS 212: Statistical Mechanics

Principles, ensembles, statistical equilibrium. Thermodynamic functions, ideal and near-ideal gases. Fluctuations. Mean-field description of phase-transitions and associated critical exponents. One-dimensional Ising model and other exact solutions. Renormalization and scaling relations. Prerequisites: PHYSICS 131, 171, or equivalents.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Shenker, S. (PI)

PHYSICS 216: Back of the Envelope Physics

Techniques such as scaling and dimensional analysis, useful to make order-of-magnitude estimates of physical effects in different settings. Goals are to promote a synthesis of physics through solving problems, including problems that are not usually thought of as physics. Applications include properties of materials, fluid mechanics, geophysics, astrophysics, and cosmology. Prerequisites: undergraduate mechanics, statistical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and quantum mechanics.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

PHYSICS 220: Classical Electrodynamics

Special relativity: The principles of relativity, Lorentz transformations, four vectors and tensors, relativistic mechanics and the principle of least action. Lagrangian formulation, charges in electromagnetic fields, gauge invariance, the electromagnetic field tensor, covariant equations of electrodynamics and mechanics, four-current and continuity equation. Noether's theorem and conservation laws, Poynting's theorem, stress-energy tensor. Constant electromagnetic fields: conductors and dielectrics, magnetic media, electric and magnetic forces, and energy. Electromagnetic waves: Plane and monochromatic waves, spectral resolution, polarization, electromagnetic properties of matter, dispersion relations, wave guides and cavities. Prerequisites: PHYSICS 121 and PHYSICS 210, or equivalent; MATH 106 or MATH 116, and MATH 132 or equivalent.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Susskind, L. (PI)

PHYSICS 230: Graduate Quantum Mechanics I

Fundamental concepts. Introduction to Hilbert spaces and Dirac's notation. Postulates applied to simple systems, including those with periodic structure. Symmetry operations and gauge transformation. The path integral formulation of quantum statistical mechanics. Problems related to measurement theory. The quantum theory of angular momenta and central potential problems. Prerequisite: PHYSICS 131 or equivalent.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
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