Physics (PHYS)

PHYS*6010  PSI Quantum Field Theory I  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Canonical quantization of fields, perturbation theory, derivation of Feynman diagrams, applications in particle and condensed matter theory, renormalization in phi^4.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*6020  PSI Statistical Physics  Unspecified  [0.50]  

A brief review of ensembles and quantum gases, lsing model, landau theory of phase transititions, order parameters, topology, classical solutions.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*6030  PSI Quantum Field Theory II  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Feynman Path Integral, abelian and nonabelian guage theories and their quantization, spontaneous symmetry breaking, nonperturbative techniques: lattice field theory, Wilsonian renormalization.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*6040  PSI Relativity  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Special relativity, foundations of general relativity, Riemannain geometry, Einstein's equations, FRW and Schwarzschild geometries and their properties.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*6050  PSI Quantum Theory  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Schrodinger equation: free particle, harmonic oscillator, simple time-dependent problems, Heisenberg picture and connection with classical physics. Entanglement and non-locality. Pure and mixed states, quantum correlators, measurement theory and interpretation.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*6060  PSI Information and Data Analysis  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Probability, entropy, Bayesian inference and information theory. Maximum likelihood methods, common probability distributions, applications to real data including Monte Carlo methods.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*6070  PSI Dynamical Systems  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Maps, flows, stability, fixed points, attractors, chaos, bifurcations, ergodicity, approach to chaos. Hamiltonian systems, Liouville, measure, Poincare theorem, integrable systems with examples.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*6080  PSI Computation  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Common algorithms for ode and pde solving, with numerical analysis. Common tasks in linear algebra. Focus on how to write a good code, test it, and obtain a reliable result. Parallel programing.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
PHYS*6210  PSI Cosmology  Unspecified  [0.25]  

FRW metic, Hubble expansion, dark energy, dark matter, CMB, Thermodynamic history of early universe. Growth of perturbations, CDM model of structure formation and comparison to observations, cosmic microwave background anisopropies, inlation and observational tests.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*6220  PSI Standard Model  Unspecified  [0.25]  

Application of Yan-Mills theory to particle physics, QCD and its tests in the perturbative regime, theory of weak interactions, precisions tests of electroweak theory, CKM matrix and flavour physics, open questions.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*6230  PSI String Theory  Unspecified  [0.25]  

Superstring spectrum in 10d Minkowski, as well as simple toroidal and orbifold compactifications. T-duality, D-branes, tree amplitudes. Construct some simple unified models of particle physics. Motivate the 10- 11-dimensional supergravities. Simple supergravity solutions and use these to explore some aspects of adS/CFT duality.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*6240  PSI Mathematical Physics Topics  Unspecified  [0.25]  

Differential forms, de Rham cohomology, differential topology and characteristic classes, monopoles and instantons, Kahler manifolds, Dirac equations, zero modes and index theorems.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*6350  PSI Quantum Information Review  Unspecified  [0.25]  

Review of selected topics in Quantum Information.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*6360  PSI Gravitational Physics Review  Unspecified  [0.25]  

Review of selected topics in Gravitational Physics.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*6370  PSI Condensed Matter Theory  Unspecified  [0.25]  

Review of selected topics in Condensed Matter Theory.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*6380  PSI Quantum Gravity  Unspecified  [0.25]  

Review of selected topics in Quantum Grativity.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*6390  PSI Foundations of Quantum Theory  Unspecified  [0.25]  

Review of selected topics in Foundations of Quantum Theory.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*6410  PSI Explorations in Quantum Information  Unspecified  [0.25]  

Review of selected topics in Quantum Information.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*6420  PSI Explorations in Gravitational Physics  Unspecified  [0.25]  

Review of selected topics in Gravitational Physics.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*6430  PSI Explorations in Condensed Matter Theory  Unspecified  [0.25]  

Review of selected topics in Condensed Matter Theory.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*6440  PSI Explorations in Quantum Gravity  Unspecified  [0.25]  

Review of selected topics in Quantum Gravity.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*6450  PSI Explorations in Foundations of Quantum Theory  Unspecified  [0.25]  

Review of selected topics in Foundations of Quantum Theory.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*6460  PSI Explorations in Particle Physics  Unspecified  [0.25]  

Review of selected topics in Particle Physics.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*6470  PSI Explorations in String Theory  Unspecified  [0.25]  

Review of selected topics in String Theory.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*6480  PSI Explorations in Complex Systems  Unspecified  [0.25]  

Review of selected topics in Complex Systems.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*6490  PSI Explorations in Cosmology  Unspecified  [0.25]  

Review of selected topics in Cosmology.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*7010  Quantum Mechanics I  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Review of formalism of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics including symmetries and invariance. Approximation methods and scattering theory. Elementary quantum theory of radiation. Introduction to one-particle relativistic wave equations.

Offering(s): Annually  
Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7020  Quantum Mechanics II  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Concepts of relativistic quantum mechanics, elementary quantum field theory, and Feynman diagrams. Application to many-particle systems.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS*7010  
Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7030  Quantum Field Theory  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Review of relativistic quantum mechanics and classical field theory. Quantization of free quantum fields (the particle interpretation of field quants). Canonical quantization of interacting fields (Feynman rules). Application of the formalism of interacting quantum fields to lowest-order quantum electrodynamic processes. Radiative corrections and renormalization.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS*7010  
Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7040  Statistical Physics I  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Statistical basis of thermodynamics; microcanonical, canonical and grand canonical ensembles; quantum statistical mechanics, theory of the density matrix; fluctuations, noise, irreversible thermodynamics; transport theory; application to gases, liquids, solids.

Offering(s): Annually  
Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7050  Statistical Physics II  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Phase transitions. Fluctuation phenomena. Kubo's theory of time correlation functions for transport and spectral properties; applications selected from a variety of topics including linearized hydrodynamics of normal and superfluids, molecular liquids, liquid crystals, surface phenomena, theory of the dielectric constant, etc.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS*7040  
Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7060  Electromagnetic Theory  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Solutions to Maxwell's equations; radiation theory, normal modes; multipole expansion; Kirchhoff's diffraction theory; radiating point charge; optical theorem. Special relativity; transformation laws for the electromagnetic field; line broadening. Dispersion; Kramers-Kronig relations. Magnetohydrodynamics and plasmas.

Offering(s): Annually  
Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7080  Applications of Group Theory  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Introduction to group theory; symmetry, the group concept, representation theory, character theory. Applications to molecular vibrations, the solid state, quantum mechanics and crystal field theory.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7090  Green's Function Method  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Review of essential quantum field theory. Zero and finite temperature. Green's functions. Applications.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7100  Atomic Physics  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Emphasis on atomic structure and spectroscopy. Review of angular momentum, rotations, Wigner-Eckart theorem, n-j symbols. Energy levels in complex atoms, Hartree-Fock theory, radiative-transitions and inner-shell processes. Further topics selected with class interest in mind, at least one of which is to be taken from current literature.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7120  Special Topics in Theoretical Physics  Unspecified  [0.50]  
Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7130  Molecular Physics  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Angular momentum and the rotation of molecules; introduction to group theory with application to molecular vibrations; principles of molecular spectroscopy; spectra of isolated molecules; intermolecular interactions and their effects on molecular spectra; selected additional topics (e.g., electronic structure of molecules, experimental spectroscopic techniques, neutron scattering, correlation functions, collision induced absorption, extension of group theory to molecular crystals, normal co-ordinate analysis, etc.).

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7140  Nonlinear Optics  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Classical and Quantum Mechanical descriptions of nonlinear susceptibility, nonlinear wave propogation, nonlinear effects such as Peckel's and Kerr effects, harmonic generation, phase conjugation and stimulated scattering processes.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7150  Nuclear Physics  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Static properties of nuclei; alpha, beta, gamma decay; two-body systems; nuclear forces; nuclear reactions; single-particle models for spherical and deformed nuclei; shell, collective, interacting boson models.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7160  Special Topics in Subatomic and Nuclear Physics  Unspecified  [0.50]  
Restriction(s): Instructor consent required.  
Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7170  Intermediate and High Energy Physics  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Strong, electromagnetic and weak interactions. Isospin, strangeness, conservation laws and symmetry principles. Leptons, hadrons, quarks and their classification, formation, interactions and decay.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7180  Special Topics in Subatomic and Nuclear Physics  Unspecified  [0.25]  
Restriction(s): Instructor consent required.  
Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7310  Solid State Physics I  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Phonons, electron states, electron-electron interaction, electron-ion interaction, static properties of solids.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7320  Solid State Physics II  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Transport properties; optical properties; magnetism; superconductivity; disordered systems.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7330  Special Topics in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics  Unspecified  [0.50]  
Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7370  Special Topics in Surface Physics  Unspecified  [0.50]  
Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7380  Special Topics in Condensed Matter and Materials Physics  Unspecified  [0.25]  
Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7450  Special Topics in Experimental Physics  Unspecified  [0.50]  

A modular course in which each module deals with an established technique of experimental physics. Four modules will be offered during the Winter and Spring semesters, but registration and credit will be in the spring semester. Typical topics are neutron diffraction, light scattering, acoustics, molecular beams, NMR, surface analysis, etc.

Offering(s): Annually  
Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7470  Optical Electronics  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Optoelectronic component fabrication, light propogation in linear and nonlinear media, optical fiber properties, electro-optic and acousto-optic modulation, spontaneous and stimulated emission, semiconductor lasers and detectors, nose effects in fiber systems.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7510  Clinical Applications of Physics in Medicine  Unspecified  [0.50]  

This course provides an overview of the application of physics to medicine. The physical concepts underlying the diagnosis and treatment of disease will be explored. Topics will include general imaging principles such as resolution, intensity, and contrast; x-ray imaging and computed tomography; radioisotopes and nuclear medicine, SPECT and PET; magnetic resonance imaging; ultrasound imaging and radiation therapy. Offered in conjunction with PHYS*4070. Extra work is required of graduate students.

Restriction(s): Credit may be obtained for only one of PHYS*4070 or PHYS*7510.  
Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7520  Molecular Biophysics  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Physical methods of determining macromolecular structure: energetics, intramolecular and intermolecular forces, with application to lamellar structures, information storage, DNA and RNA, recognition and rejection of foreign molecules. Offered in conjunction with PHYS*4540. Extra work is required of graduate students.

Restriction(s): Credit may be obtained for only one of PHYS*4540 or PHYS*7520  
Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7540  Special Topics in Biophysics  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Offered on demand

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7570  Special Topics in Biophysics  Unspecified  [0.25]  

Offered on demand

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7670  Introduction to Quantum Information Processing  Fall Only  [0.50]  

Quantum superposition, interference, and entanglement. Postulates of Quantum Mechanics. Quantum computational complexity. Quantum Algorithms. Quantum communication and cryptography. Quantum error correction. Implementations.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph, Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*7680  Special Topics in Quantum Information Processing  Unspecified  [0.50]  
Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph, Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*7690  Special Topics in Quantum Information Processing  Unspecified  [0.25]  
Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7710  Special Lecture and Reading Course  Unspecified  [0.50]  
Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7730  Special Topics in Physics  Unspecified  [0.50]  
Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7750  Interinstitution Exchange  Unspecified  [0.50]  

At the GWPI director's discretion, a PhD or MSc student may receive credit for a term of specialized studies at another institution. Formal evaluation is required.

Restriction(s): Instructor consent required.  
Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7760  Special Topics in Physics  Unspecified  [0.50]  
Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7770  Special Topics in Physics  Unspecified  [0.25]  
Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7810  Fundamentals of Astrophysics  Unspecified  [0.50]  

The fundamental astronomical data: techniques to obtain it and the shortcomings present. The classification systems. Wide- and narrow-band photometric systems. The intrinsic properties of stars: colours, luminosities, masses, radii, temperatures. Variable stars. Distance indicators. Interstellar reddening. Related topics.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph, Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*7840  Advanced General Relativity  Winter Only  [0.50]  

Review of elementary general relativity. Timelike and null geodesic congruences. Hypersurfaces and junction conditions. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of general relativity. Mass and angular momentum of a gravitating body. The laws of black-hole mechanics.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7850  Quantum Field Theory for Cosmology  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Introduction to scalar field theory and its canonical quantization in flat and curved spacetimes. The flat space effects of Casimir and Unruh. Quantum fluctuations of scalar fields and of the metric on curved space-times and application to inflationary cosmology. Hawking radiation.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS*7010  
Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph, Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*7860  General Relativity for Cosmology  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Introduction to the differential geometry of Lorentzian manifolds. The principles of general relativity. Causal structure and cosmological singularities. Cosmological space-times with Killing vector fields. Friedmann-Lemaitre cosmologies, scalar vector and tensor perturbations in the linear and nonlinear regimes. De Sitter space-times and inflationary models.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph, Waterloo Campus  
PHYS*7870  Cosmology  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Friedmann-Robertson-Walker metric and dynamics; big bang thermodynamics; nucelosynthesis; recombination; perturbation theory and structure formation; anisotropies in the Cosmic Microwave Background; statistics of cosmological density and velocity fields; galaxy formation; inflation.

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7880  Special Topics in Astrophysics  Unspecified  [0.50]  

Offered on demand

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7890  Special Topics in Astrophysics  Unspecified  [0.25]  

Offered on demand

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7900  Special Topics in Gravitation and Cosmology  Unspecified  [0.50]  
Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7910  Special Topics in Gravitation and Cosmology  Unspecified  [0.25]  
Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph  
PHYS*7970  MSc Project  Unspecified  [1.00]  

Study of a selected topic in physics presented in the form of a written report. For students whose MSc program consists entirely of courses

Department(s): Department of Physics  
Location(s): Guelph