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All courses are 4 credits except as noted. Additional course descriptions are found in the UW Course Catalog.

Phys 600 (Independent Study) is offered every quarter, by arrangement with individual faculty supervisors. Examples of previous projects are found at Prof. Sorensen's 600 home page.

For 1- or 2-credit PHYS 600 short courses, see the 1-credit courses info page. Then contact the faculty program director, Professor Jeff Wilkes for approval and instructions, and register with PCE.

2016-17 Academic Year


Winter 2017

core course:  PHYS 441, Quantum Physics (Larry Sorensen), 4 cr, 7:00P-8:50P, M,W, Room A-110 Physics-Astronomy
Introduction to concepts and methods of quantum physics: wave mechanics (de Broglie wavelength, uncertainty principle, Schrodinger equation), one-dimensional examples (tunneling, harmonic oscillator), formalism of quantum physics, angular momentum and the hydrogen atom.
Class home page: https://faculty.washington.edu/seattle/physics441/441index.html
(Students may attend any class session in the classroom, or online via Adobe Connect)

elective: PHYS 542, Numerical Methods in Application of Physics (Jeffrey. Wilkes), 4 cr, T-Th 7:00P-8:50P, T,Th, Room A-110 Physics-Astronomy
Numerical methods for analysis and computation in physics. Topics may include integration, differential equations, partial differential equations, optimization, data handling, and Monte Carlo techniques. Emphasis is applications in physics.
Prerequisite: graduate standing, or 30 undergraduate credits in physical sciences, computer science, or engineering.
Class home page: http://courses.washington.edu/phys542/
(Class sessions will be online via Adobe Connect; most sessions may optionally be attended in person on campus.)

PHYS 600, Independent Study, 1 to 9 credits (by prior arrangement with individual faculty) See Autumn 2016 for details.

Spring 2017

core course: PHYS 544, Applications of E & M (Larry Sorensen), 4 cr, 7:00P-8:50P, M,W,  Room A-110 Physics-Astronomy
Topics may include electromagnetic waves, radiation, scattering, wave guides, plasma physics, quantum electronics, and accelerator physics.
Prerequisite: PHYS 543 or equivalent.
Class home page: http://faculty.washington.edu/seattle/physics544/index.html
(Students may attend any class session in the classroom, or online via Adobe Connect)

elective:  PHYS 530, Laser Physics (Alejandro Gracia), 4 cr, 7:00P-8:50P, T,Th, Room A-110 Physics-Astronomy
Physics underlying laser design and operation in the context of common laboratory systems. Topics may include continuous and pulsed laser; solid, liquid, and gas gain media; Q-switching, mode-locking, resonator theory, nonlinear optics, and others.
Prerequisite: basics quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, and optics
Class home page: TBA
(Class sessions may optionally be attended online via Adobe Connect.)

PHYS 600, Independent Study, 1 to 9 credits (by prior arrangement with individual faculty) See Autumn 2016 for details.

Summer 2017

PHYS 600, Independent Study, 1 to 9 credits (by prior arrangement with individual faculty) See Autumn 2016 for details.



2017-18 Academic Year

Autumn 2017

core course: PHYS 543, Electromagnetic Theory (Anna Goussiou), 4 cr, MW 7:00 PM-8:50 PM, Room A-110 Physics-Astronomy.
Principal concepts of electromagnetism. Static electric and magnetic fields. Boundary-value problems. Electric and magnetic properties of materials. Electromagnetic waves and radiation.
Class home page: https://catalyst.uw.edu/workspace/seattle/34804/236889
(Students may attend any class session in the classroom, or online via Adobe Connect)

elective: PHYS 576, Nuclear physics: sources, detectors, and safety (Alejandro Garcia) 4 cr, TTh 7:00 PM-8:50 PM, Room A-110 Physics-Astronomy
Solid state detectors, radiation damage, radiation risks, particle accelerators, fission and fusion, reactors, radiation risk assessment, nuclear astrophysics. Hands-on lab sessions,
including tuning a beam through our own UW linear accelerator, and identifying nuclides from radiation spectra.
Class home page: http://faculty.washington.edu/agarcia3/phys576/
(Students may attend any lecture session in the classroom, or online via Adobe Connect. Hands-on/Lab sessions must be attended in person, on campus)

PHYS 600, Independent Study, 1 to 9 credits (by prior arrangement with individual faculty)
NOTE: For final independent study projects, see your faculty advisor. For preliminary short-course independent studies, see the "1-credit courses" info page. In all cases, you must get the faculty member's permission BEFORE registration.

Winter 2018

core course: PHYS 441, Quantum Theory (Anna Goussiou), 4 cr, MW 7:00 PM-8:50 PM, Room A-110 Physics-Astronomy
Introduction to concepts and methods of quantum physics: wave mechanics (de Broglie wavelength, uncertainty principle, Schrodinger equation), one-dimensional examples (tunneling, harmonic oscillator), formalism of quantum physics, angular momentum and the hydrogen atom.
Example class home page (last year): https://catalyst.uw.edu/workspace/seattle/52218/
(Students may attend any class session in the classroom, or online via Zoom)

elective: PHYS 545, Contemporary Optics (Jeffrey Wilkes) 4 cr, T lectures 7:00 PM-8:50 PM in Room A-110 Physics-Astronomy, Th labs 7:00 PM-8:50 PM in Room B-260 Physics-Astronomy
Coordinated lecture and laboratory treatment of topics in contemporary optics. Subjects include Fourier optics, lens systems, interferometry, laser optics, holography, polarization, crystal optics, birefringence, laser and conventional light sources, optical detectors. Prerequisite: PHYS 543 or equivalent.
Class home page: http://courses.washington.edu/phys545/
(Students may attend lecture sessions in the classroom, or online via Zoom. Lab sessions must be attended in person, on campus)

PHYS 600, Independent Study, 1 to 9 credits (by prior arrangement with individual faculty)
NOTE: For final independent study projects, see your faculty advisor. For preliminary short-course independent studies, see the "1-credit courses" info page. In all cases, you must get the faculty member's permission BEFORE registration.

Spring 2018

core course: PHYS 541, Applications of Quantum Theory (Deep Gupta), 4 cr, MW 7:00 PM-8:50 PM, Room A-110 Physics-Astronomy
Techniques of quantum mechanics applied to lasers, quantum electronics, solids, and surfaces. Emphasis on approximation methods and interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter. Prerequisite: PHYS 543 or equivalent.
Example class home page (last year): https://catalyst.uw.edu/workspace/seattle/44248/
(Students may attend any class session in the classroom, or online via Zoom)

elective: PHYS 421 (evening section), Atomic Physics (Boris Blinov), 4 cr, TTh 7:00 PM-8:50 PM, Room A-110 Physics-Astronomy Survey of contemporary atomic and molecular physics. Atoms, fine and hyperfine structure, lasers, trapping atoms; other topics TBA. 
(Students may attend any class session in the classroom, or online via Zoom)

PHYS 600, Independent Study, 1 to 9 credits (by prior arrangement with individual faculty)
NOTE: For final independent study projects, see your faculty advisor. For preliminary short-course independent studies, see the "1-credit courses" info page. In all cases, you must get the faculty member's permission BEFORE registration.

Summer 2018

elective: (tenative) PHYS 431, Modern Physics Laboratory (Marjorie Olmstead), 3 cr, TTh    130-450 in Room B-248 Physics-Astronomy
Measurement in modern atomic, molecular, and solid-state physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 543; PHYS 441 or equivalent.

PHYS 600, Independent Study, 1 to 9 credits (by prior arrangement with individual faculty)
NOTE: For final independent study projects, see your faculty advisor. For preliminary short-course independent studies, see the "1-credit courses" info page. In all cases, you must get the faculty member's permission BEFORE registration.