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2022-23 UCSC General Catalog
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A practical introduction to working as a teaching assistant for undergraduate classes in physics, including both teaching laboratories and running discussion sections. The training includes topics in classroom climate and inclusivity, active learning, motivating students, office hours, information technology, grading, communication with the instructor, and handling difficult situations. Students engaged in teaching in the same quarter are encouraged to apply the lessons in their classes and return with feedback to be discussed. Required course for first year graduate students.

1

Jordan Schamhorf

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Fall

Introduction to current research opportunities at UCSC for graduate students. Topics include: elementary particle physics, condensed matter and solid state physics, high energy astrophysics, biophysics, and cosmology. Selected topics related to career development may also be included.

2

The Staff

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students or by permission of instructor.

Winter

Generalized coordinates, Lagrange and Hamiltonian mechanics, Poisson Brackets, Classical field theory, other advanced topics in classical dynamics. Introduction to thermodynamics, thermodynamic potentials and Legendre transforms, entropy, distribution functions. (Formerly Classical Mechanics.)

5

Sergey Syzranov

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

Fall

Examines electrostatics and magnetostatics, boundary value problems, multipole expansion, dielectric and magnetic materials, time-varying electromagnetic fields, Maxwell's equations, conservation laws, and plane electromagnetic waves and wave propagation.

5

Onuttom Narayan

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

Fall

Electromagnetic waves; waves in dispersive media; waveguides and cavities; complete development of special relativity with applications; Lorentz covariant formulation of Maxwell's equations; radiating systems; scattering and diffraction; advanced topics in radiation theory and optics.

5

The Staff

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 212. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

Winter

Mathematic introduction; fundamental postulates; time evolution operator, including the Heisenberg and Schrodinger pictures; simple harmonic oscillator and coherent states; one-dimensional scattering theory, including S-matrix resonant phenomena; two-state systems, including magnetic resonance; symmetries, including rotation group, spin, and the Wigner-Eckart theorem; rotationally invariant problems, including the hydrogen atom; gauge invariance, including Landau levels; introduction to path integral.

5

Tesla Jeltema

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

Winter

Approximate methods: time-independent perturbation theory, variational principle, time-dependent perturbation theory; three-dimensional scattering theory; identical particles; permutation symmetry and exchange degeneracy, anti-symmetric and symmetric states; many-body systems and self-consistent fields: variational calculations; second quantized formalism, including Fock spaces/number representation, field operators and Green functions; applications: electron gas; quantization of the electromagnetic field and interaction of radiation with matter: absorption, emission, scattering, photoelectric effect, and lifetimes.

5

Aris Alexandradinata

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 215. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

Spring

Lorentz invariance in quantum theory, Dirac and Klein-Gordon equations, the relativistic hydrogen atom, Green functions and canonical approach to field theory, quantum electrodynamics, Feynman diagrams for scattering processes, symmetries and Ward identities. Students learn to perform calculations of scattering and decay of particles in field theory.

5

Stephania Gori

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 216 or exception by permission of the instructor. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students or by permission of the instructor.

Fall

Path integral approach to quantum field theory. Theory of renormalization and the renormalization group, introduction to gauge theories and spontaneously broken field theories. Applications to the standard model of strong, weak, and electromagnetic interactions.

5

Stefania Gori

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 217. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

Winter

The basic laws of thermodynamics, entropy, thermodynamic potentials, kinetic theory of gases, quantum and classical statistical mechanics, virial expansion, linear response theory. Applications in condensed matter physics.

5

Sergey Syzranov

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

Spring

Finite temperature Green functions, Feynman diagrams, Dyson equation, linked cluster theorem, Kubo formula for electrical conductivity, electron gas, random phase approximation, Fermi surfaces, Landau fermi liquid theory, electron phonon coupling, Migdal's theorem, superconductivity.

5

Shastry Sriram

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 216 and PHYS 219. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

First quarter of a two-quarter graduate level introduction to particle physics, including the following topics: discrete symmetries, quark model, particle classification, masses and magnetic moments, passage of radiation through matter, detector technology, accelerator physics, Feynman calculus, and electron-positron annihilation.

5

Bruce Shumm

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 217 or concurrent enrollment. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

Fall

Second quarter of a two-quarter graduate level introduction to particle physics, including the following topics: nucleon structure, weak interactions and the Standard Model, neutrino oscillation, quantum chromodynamics, CP violation, and a tour of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.

5

Wolfgang Altmannschofer

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 221A; PHYS 217 or concurrent enrollment. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

Winter

Focuses on the theoretical underpinnings of the standard model, including the spontaneous symmetry breaking, the renormalization group, the operator product expansion, and precision tests of the Standard Model.

5

Wolfgang Altmannshofer

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 218 and PHYS 221B. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

Particle physics and cosmology of the very early universe: thermodynamics and thermal history; out-of-equilibrium phenomena (e.g., WIMPs freeze-out, neutrino cosmology, Big Bang nucleosynthesis, recombination); baryogenesis; inflation; topological defects. High-energy astrophysical processes: overview of cosmic ray and gamma ray astrophysics; radiative and inelastic processes; astroparticle acceleration mechanisms; magnetic fields and cosmic ray transport; radiation-energy density of the universe; ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays; dark-matter models; and detection techniques.

5

ASTR 224

Anthony Aguirre

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

Develops the formalism of Einstein's general relativity, including solar system tests, gravitational waves, cosmology, and black holes.

5

ASTR 226

Anthony Aguirre

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

Crystal structures, reciprocal lattice, crystal bonding, phonons (including specific heat), band theory of electrons, free electron model, electron-electron and electron-phonon interactions, transport theory.

5

Josh Deutsch

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 216 or equivalent course or by permission of the instructor. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, or by permission of instructor.

Fall

Magnetism (para, ferro, anti-ferro, ferri), spin waves, superconductivity, introduction to semiconductors.

5

Art Ramirez

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 231. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

Spring

A special topics course which includes areas of current interest in condensed matter physics. Possible topics include superconductivity, phase transitions, renormalization group, disordered systems, surface phenomena, magnetic resonance, and spectroscopy.

5

Sriram Shastry

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 231. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

A selection of topics from: liquid crystals, biological systems, renormalization group and critical phenomena, stochastic processes, Langevin and Fokker Planck equations, hydrodynamic theories, granular materials, glasses, quasicrystals.

5

Statistical properties polymers. Scaling behavior, fractal dimensions. Random walks, self avoidance. Single chains and concentrated solutions. Dynamics and topological effects in melts. Polymer networks. Sol-gel transitions. Polymer blends. Application to biological systems. Computer simulations demonstrating much of the above. Students cannot receive credit for this course and PHYS 120.

5

Joshua Deutsch

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

This course will apply efficient numerical methods to the solution of problems in the physical sciences which are otherwise intractable. Examples will be drawn from classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and electrodynamics. Students will apply a high-level programming language such as Mathematica to the solution of physical problems and will develop appropriate error and stability estimates.

5

Jason Nielsen

Prerequisite(s): basic programming experience in C or Fortran. No previous experience with Mathematica is required. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

Finite and continuous groups, group representation theory, the symmetric group and Young tableaux, Lie groups and Lie algebras, irreducible representations of Lie algebras by tensor methods, unitary groups in particle physics, Dynkin diagrams, Lorentz and Poincaré groups.

5

Howard Haber

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

A series of lectures on various topics of current interest in physics at UC Santa Cruz.

5

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

Yes

Intensive research seminar on cosmology and related topics in astrophysics: nature of dark matter; origin of cosmological inhomogeneities and other initial conditions of the big bang; origin and evolution of galaxies and large scale structure in the universe.

2

Joel Primack

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

Yes

Research seminar on x-ray studies of the properties and behavior of magnetic materials. Topics include: the underlying physical interactions, experimental techniques, and selected examples from current research. This course includes a visit to the Advanced Light Source in Berkeley.

2

Peter Fischer

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Yes

Seminar on the current literature of elementary particle physics, ranging from strong and weak interaction phenomenology to Higgs physics, supersymmetry, and superstring theory. Students may present their own research results.

2

Howard Haber, Michael Dine, Stefania Gori, Wolfgang Altmannshofer

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 218. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Yes

Fall, Winter, Spring

Seminar on current results in experimental high-energy particle physics. Topics follow recently published results, including design of experiments, development of particle detector technology, and experimental results from new particle searches, quantum chromodynamics, and properties of heavy flavor quarks.

2

Jason Nielsen

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Yes

Fall, Winter, Spring

Intensive research seminar on applied physics and related topics in materials science, including semiconductor devices, optoelectronics, molecular electronics, magnetic materials, nanotechnology, biosensors, and medical physics. Students may present their own research results.

2

Sue Carter

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Yes

Fall, Winter, Spring

Survey of current research in experimental high-energy and particle astrophysics. Recent observations and development in instrumentation for x-rays, gamma rays, and neutrinos, and evidence for dark matter and other new particles. Students lead discussion of recent papers.

2

David Smith, David Williams

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Yes

Fall, Winter, Spring

Weekly seminar series covering topics of current interest in condensed matter physics. Local and external speakers discuss their work.

2

David Lederman

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Yes

Fall, Winter, Spring

Weekly seminar attended by faculty and graduate students. Directed at all physics graduate students who have not taken and passed the qualifying examination for the Ph.D. program.

0

Bruce Schumm

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

Yes

Fall, Winter, Spring

Seminar

2

Enrollment restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

5

Yes

Enrollment restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

10

Yes

Enrollment restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

15

Yes

Enrollment restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

5

Fall, Winter, Spring

Enrollment restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

5

Yes

Enrollment restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

10

Yes

Enrollment restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

15

Yes

Cross-listed courses that are managed by another department are listed at the bottom.

Covers fundamental topics in fluid dynamics: Euler and Lagrange descriptions of continuum dynamics; conservation laws for inviscid and viscous flows; potential flows; exact solutions of the Navier-Stokes equation; boundary layer theory; gravity waves. Students cannot receive credit for this course and AM 217. (AM 107 formerly AMS 107.)

5

PHYS 107

The Staff, Nicholas Brummell

Prerequisite(s): AM 112 or MATH 107 or PHYS 116C or EART 111.

Winter

Introduction to research for first-year students interested in physics and astrophysics. Students complete projects in small groups with scientists. Introduces techniques for collaboration; science writing; physics careers. Continuing course spanning two quarters. Enrollment is restricted to first-year proposed astrophysics and physics majors and by permission of the instructor.

2

PHYS 9A

Ruth Murray-Clay, Jonathan Fortney

Introduction to research for first-year students interested in physics and astrophysics. Students complete projects in small groups with scientists. Introduces techniques for collaboration; science writing; physics careers. Continuing course spanning two quarters. Prerequisite(s): ASTR 9A. Enrollment is restricted to first-year proposed applied physics, physics, and physics (astrophysics) majors and by permission of the instructor.

3

PHYS 9B

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