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PHYS 211 Modern Physics 3 Credits
Special relativity. Historical experiments and theoretical foundations in quantum mechanics. Quantum theory of light, blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect, Compton effect. Bohr model of atoms, Frank Hertz experiment. De Broglie waves, the wave particle duality, uncertainty principle. The Schrödinger equation. Tunneling phenomena. Quantization of angular momentum, electron spin. Pauli exclusion principle. Fundamentals of statistical physics, Maxwell Boltzmann distribution, indistinguishability and quantum statistics. Selected topics from atomic and solid state physics, complex systems. The course includes demonstration experiments in which the students are involved in performing as well the data analysis.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Fall 2013-2014 Modern Physics 3
Fall 2012-2013 Modern Physics 3
Fall 2011-2012 Modern Physics 3
Spring 2010-2011 Modern Physics 3
Spring 2009-2010 Modern Physics 3
Spring 2008-2009 Modern Physics 3
Fall 2007-2008 Concepts of Modern Physics (PHYS322) 3
Fall 2005-2006 Concepts of Modern Physics (PHYS322) 3
Fall 2004-2005 Concepts of Modern Physics (PHYS322) 3
Spring 2003-2004 Concepts of Modern Physics (PHYS322) 3

Prerequisite: NS 101 - Undergraduate - Min Grade D
and MATH 101 - Undergraduate - Min Grade D
Corequisite: __
ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS (6 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
General Requirements:
 
PHYS 302 Solid State Physics 3 Credits
Free electron theory of metals. Crystal lattices and structures. Band theory of solids. Physics of semiconductors. Transport and optical processes. Introduction to devices based on p-n junctions.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Fall 2015-2016 Solid State Physics 3
Spring 2012-2013 Solid State Physics 3
Spring 2011-2012 Solid State Physics 3
Spring 2010-2011 Solid State Physics 3
Spring 2008-2009 Solid State Physics 3
Spring 2007-2008 Solid State Physics 3
Spring 2006-2007 Solid State Physics 3
Spring 2004-2005 Solid State Physics 3
Fall 2003-2004 Solid State Physics 3
Spring 2002-2003 Solid State Physics 3
Spring 2001-2002 Solid State Physics 3

Prerequisite: PHYS 303 - Undergraduate - Min Grade D
Corequisite: PHYS 302R
ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS (6 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
General Requirements:
 
PHYS 302R Solid State Physics - Recitation 0 Credit

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Fall 2015-2016 Solid State Physics - Recitation 0
Spring 2012-2013 Solid State Physics - Recitation 0
Spring 2011-2012 Solid State Physics - Recitation 0
Spring 2010-2011 Solid State Physics - Recitation 0
Spring 2008-2009 Solid State Physics - Recitation 0
Spring 2007-2008 Solid State Physics - Recitation 0
Spring 2006-2007 Solid State Physics - Recitation 0
Spring 2004-2005 Solid State Physics - Recitation 0
Spring 2001-2002 Solid State Physics - Recitation 0

Prerequisite: __
Corequisite: PHYS 302
ECTS Credit: NONE ECTS (NONE ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
General Requirements:
 
PHYS 303 Quantum Mechanics I 3 Credits
The crucial experiments showing the failure of classical physics in explaining the properties of matter and radiation The postulates of quantum mechanics. Wave particle duality and the uncertainty relation.The time dependent and time independent Schrödinger equation. Symmetry and conservation laws. Basic features of the quantum mechanical world explored through one-dimensional problems: the harmonic oscillator, the square well and barrier, free and bound states. Energy quantization. Tunnelling. One dimensional periodic potentials, energy bands and band gaps. Also part of the "core course" pool for the MAT, EL degree program.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Fall 2019-2020 Quantum Mechanics I 3
Fall 2018-2019 Quantum Mechanics I 3
Fall 2017-2018 Quantum Mechanics I 3
Fall 2016-2017 Quantum Mechanics I 3
Fall 2015-2016 Quantum Mechanics I 3
Fall 2014-2015 Quantum Mechanics I 3
Fall 2013-2014 Quantum Mechanics I 3
Fall 2012-2013 Quantum Mechanics I 3
Fall 2011-2012 Quantum Mechanics I 3
Fall 2010-2011 Quantum Mechanics I 3
Fall 2009-2010 Quantum Mechanics I 3
Fall 2008-2009 Quantum Mechanics I 3
Fall 2007-2008 Quantum Mechanics I 3
Fall 2006-2007 Quantum Mechanics I 3
Fall 2005-2006 Quantum Mechanics I 3
Fall 2004-2005 Quantum Mechanics I 3
Fall 2003-2004 Quantum Mechanics I 3
Fall 2002-2003 Quantum Mechanics I 3
Spring 2001-2002 Quantum Physics (NS204) 3
Spring 2000-2001 Quantum Physics (NS204) 3

Prerequisite: NS 102 - Undergraduate - Min Grade D
and MATH 102 - Undergraduate - Min Grade D
Corequisite: PHYS 303R
ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS (6 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
General Requirements:
 
PHYS 303R Quantum Mechanics I Recitation 0 Credit

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Fall 2019-2020 Quantum Mechanics I Recitation 0
Fall 2018-2019 Quantum Mechanics I Recitation 0
Fall 2017-2018 Quantum Mechanics I Recitation 0
Fall 2016-2017 Quantum Mechanics I Recitation 0
Fall 2015-2016 Quantum Mechanics I Recitation 0
Fall 2014-2015 Quantum Mechanics I Recitation 0
Fall 2013-2014 Quantum Mechanics I Recitation 0
Fall 2012-2013 Quantum Mechanics I Recitation 0
Fall 2011-2012 Quantum Mechanics I Recitation 0
Fall 2010-2011 Quantum Mechanics I Recitation 0
Fall 2009-2010 Quantum Mechanics I Recitation 0
Fall 2008-2009 Quantum Mechanics I Recitation 0
Fall 2007-2008 Quantum Mechanics I Recitation 0
Fall 2006-2007 Quantum Mechanics I Recitation 0
Fall 2005-2006 Quantum Mechanics I Recitation 0

Prerequisite: __
Corequisite: PHYS 303
ECTS Credit: NONE ECTS (NONE ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
General Requirements:
 
PHYS 304 Quantum Mechanics II 3 Credits
Three dimensional problems. Rotational symmetry, angular momentum, and the angular momentum eigenstates (the quantum numbers l, m). The Hydrogen atom. Atomic and molecular structure and spectra. The matrix formulation of quantum mechanics. Time independent and time dependent perturbation theory. The interaction of radiation with matter. Quantum statistics: bosons- the basic principle of the laser and of superconductivity- superfluidity. Fermions: the Pauli Principle. Scattering. Fundamentals of quantum mechanics and introduction to the concept of quantum computation.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Spring 2019-2020 Quantum Mechanics II 3
Spring 2018-2019 Quantum Mechanics II 3
Spring 2017-2018 Quantum Mechanics II 3
Spring 2016-2017 Quantum Mechanics II 3
Spring 2015-2016 Quantum Mechanics II 3
Spring 2014-2015 Quantum Mechanics II 3
Spring 2012-2013 Quantum Mechanics II 3
Spring 2011-2012 Quantum Mechanics II 3
Spring 2010-2011 Quantum Mechanics II 3
Spring 2009-2010 Quantum Mechanics II 3
Spring 2008-2009 Quantum Mechanics II 3
Spring 2007-2008 Quantum Mechanics II 3
Spring 2006-2007 Quantum Mechanics II 3
Spring 2005-2006 Quantum Mechanics II 3
Spring 2004-2005 Quantum Mechanics II 3
Spring 2003-2004 Quantum Mechanics II 3
Spring 2002-2003 Quantum Mechanics II 3
Fall 2002-2003 Quantum Mechanics II 3

Prerequisite: PHYS 303 - Undergraduate - Min Grade D
Corequisite: PHYS 304R
ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS (6 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
General Requirements:
 
PHYS 304R Quantum Mechanics II Recitation 0 Credit

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Spring 2019-2020 Quantum Mechanics II Recitation 0
Spring 2018-2019 Quantum Mechanics II Recitation 0
Spring 2017-2018 Quantum Mechanics II Recitation 0
Spring 2016-2017 Quantum Mechanics II Recitation 0
Spring 2015-2016 Quantum Mechanics II Recitation 0
Spring 2014-2015 Quantum Mechanics II Recitation 0
Spring 2012-2013 Quantum Mechanics II Recitation 0
Spring 2011-2012 Quantum Mechanics II Recitation 0
Spring 2010-2011 Quantum Mechanics II Recitation 0
Spring 2009-2010 Quantum Mechanics II Recitation 0
Spring 2008-2009 Quantum Mechanics II Recitation 0
Spring 2007-2008 Quantum Mechanics II Recitation 0
Spring 2006-2007 Quantum Mechanics II Recitation 0
Spring 2005-2006 Quantum Mechanics II Recitation 0

Prerequisite: __
Corequisite: PHYS 304
ECTS Credit: NONE ECTS (NONE ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
General Requirements:
 
PHYS 313 Quantum Mechanics Laboratory 3 Credits
The objective of the course is to give the fundamentals of the kuantum physics by prforming experiments in the laboratory. Stefan-Boltzmann law, Balmer series of hydrogen, photoelectric effect, electron diffraction, Frank-Hertz Experiment, measurement of the charge/mass ratio of the electron, superconductivity, X-ray diffraction, X-Ray absorption and Moseley?s law, electron spin resonance, Hall effect, conductance quantisation, atomic spectra, Zeeman effect, determination of Planck's constant, radioactive decay.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit

Prerequisite: __
Corequisite: __
ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS (6 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
General Requirements:
 
PHYS 401 Classical Mechanics 3 Credits
Generalized coordinates, Hamilton's principle, Euler- Lagrange equations, conservation laws, integration of the equations of motion, Kepler's problem, collisions, small oscillations, kinematics and dynamics of rigid body motion, Hamilton's equations, canonical transformations and Poisson brackets, Liouville's theorem, Hamilton-Jacobi equation, Special Relativity

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Fall 2019-2020 Classical Mechanics 3
Fall 2018-2019 Classical Mechanics 3
Fall 2017-2018 Classical Mechanics 3
Fall 2016-2017 Classical Mechanics 3
Fall 2015-2016 Classical Mechanics 3
Fall 2014-2015 Classical Mechanics 3
Fall 2013-2014 Classical Mechanics 3
Fall 2012-2013 Classical Mechanics 3
Fall 2011-2012 Classical Mechanics 3
Spring 2009-2010 Classical Mechanics (PHYS312) 3
Spring 2007-2008 Classical Mechanics (PHYS312) 3
Spring 2004-2005 Classical Mechanics (PHYS312) 3
Spring 2003-2004 Classical Mechanics (PHYS312) 3

Prerequisite: __
Corequisite: __
ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS (6 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
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PHYS 411 Electromagnetic Theory I 3 Credits
Fundamentals of electromagnetism. Elektrostatics. Boundary value problems. Magnetostatics. Time-dependent fields and Maxwell's equations. Propagation of electromagnetic waves. Wave guides and resonant cavities.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Fall 2017-2018 Electromagnetic Theory I 3

Prerequisite: __
Corequisite: PHYS 411R
ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS (6 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
General Requirements:
 
PHYS 411R Electromagnetic Theory Recitation 0 Credit

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Fall 2017-2018 Electromagnetic Theory Recitation 0

Prerequisite: __
Corequisite: PHYS 411
ECTS Credit: NONE ECTS (NONE ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
General Requirements:
 
PHYS 412 Statistical Mechanics 3 Credits
The statistical basis of thermodynamics; basic probability concepts in statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics; elementary kinetic theory; classical microcanonical, canonical and grand canonical ensembles; classical ideal gas; equipartition of energy; quantum mechanical ensembles; ideal Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein systems, and some other applications.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Spring 2019-2020 Statistical Mechanics 3
Spring 2018-2019 Statistical Mechanics 3
Spring 2017-2018 Statistical Mechanics 3
Fall 2016-2017 Statistical Mechanics 3
Fall 2015-2016 Statistical Mechanics 3
Spring 2014-2015 Statistical Mechanics 3
Fall 2013-2014 Statistical Mechanics 3
Fall 2012-2013 Statistical Mechanics 3
Fall 2011-2012 Statistical Mechanics 3
Fall 2010-2011 Statistical Mechanics 3
Fall 2009-2010 Statistical Mechanics 3
Fall 2008-2009 Statistical Mechanics 3
Fall 2007-2008 Statistical Mechanics 3
Fall 2005-2006 Statistical Mechanics 3
Fall 2004-2005 Statistical Mechanics 3
Fall 2003-2004 Statistical Mechanics 3
Spring 2002-2003 Statistical Mechanics 3

Prerequisite: __
Corequisite: PHYS 412R
ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS (6 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
General Requirements:
 
PHYS 412R Statistical Mechanics - Recitation 0 Credit

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Spring 2018-2019 Statistical Mechanics - Recitation 0
Fall 2013-2014 Statistical Mechanics - Recitation 0
Fall 2012-2013 Statistical Mechanics - Recitation 0
Fall 2011-2012 Statistical Mechanics - Recitation 0

Prerequisite: __
Corequisite: PHYS 412
ECTS Credit: NONE ECTS (NONE ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
General Requirements:
 
PHYS 438 Phase Transitions and Renormalization-Group Theory 3 Credits
The students will learn the remarkable phenomena occurring at phase transitions that are universally applicable to a wide range of systems, and simple and physically intuitive theory for deriving these phenomena. The dialog between experiment and theory, as well as the rich confluence of the intuitive, phenomenological, approximate, rigorous, and numerical approaches, will be illustrated: Introduction: phase diagrams, thermodynamic limit, critical phenomena, universality. Classical theories: naive mean-field, constructive mean-field, Landau theories; Ginzburg criterion. Ising models and exact results: one dimension; two dimensions; duality; global phase diagrams. Scaling theory of Kadanoff. Exact renormalization-group treatments in one dimension. Approximate renormalization-group treatments in two dimensions. Thermodynamic functions and first-order phase transitions. Momentum-space renormalization group: Gaussian model, Landau-Wilson model, epsilon-expansion. Variational renormalization group; Migdal-Kadanoff transformations. Hierarchical lattices. Dynamics: stochastic models; detailed balance; dynamic universality classes. Superfluidity. Blume-Emery-Griffiths model. Global multicritical phenomena. Surface systems. q-state Potts and Potts-lattice-gas models. Exact critical and tricritical exponents. Helicity and reentrance. Chaotic renormalization groups and spin-glass order. Order under frozen disorder and frustration. Scale-free and small-world networks. Connection between geometric and thermal properties. Neural networks, simulated annealing, coding-decoding, using phase transition models. Renormalization-group theory of quantum spin and electronic conduction models. High Tc superconductivity. Electron-exchange induced antiferromagnetism. Reverse impurity effects on antiferromagnetism and superconductivity.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Fall 2016-2017 Phase Transitions and Renormalization-Group Theory 3
Spring 2012-2013 Phase Transitions and Renormalization-Group Theory 3
Fall 2010-2011 Phase Transitions and Renormalization-Group Theory 3

Prerequisite: __
Corequisite: PHYS 438R
ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS (6 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
General Requirements:
 
PHYS 438R Phase Transitions and Renormalization-Group Theory Rec. 0 Credit

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Fall 2016-2017 Phase Transitions and Renormalization-Group Theory Rec. 0
Spring 2012-2013 Phase Transitions and Renormalization-Group Theory Rec. 0
Spring 2011-2012 Phase Transitions and Renormalization-Group Theory Rec. 0
Fall 2010-2011 Phase Transitions and Renormalization-Group Theory Rec. 0

Prerequisite: __
Corequisite: PHYS 438
ECTS Credit: NONE ECTS (NONE ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
General Requirements:
 
PHYS 484 Quantum Computation and Quantum Information 3 Credits
Introduction to quantum mechanics, quantum information, quantum cryptography, teleportation, quantum computation, quantum algorithms, error and error correction, quantum computers.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Spring 2019-2020 Quantum Computation and Quantum Information 3
Spring 2018-2019 Quantum Computation and Quantum Information 3
Spring 2016-2017 Quantum Computation and Quantum Information 3
Spring 2014-2015 Quantum Computation and Quantum Information 3
Spring 2013-2014 Quantum Computation and Quantum Information 3
Spring 2012-2013 Quantum Computation and Quantum Information 3
Spring 2011-2012 Quantum Computation and Quantum Information 3
Spring 2010-2011 Quantum Computation and Quantum Information 3
Spring 2005-2006 Quantum Computation and Quantum Information 3
Spring 2004-2005 Quantum Computation and Quantum Information 3

Prerequisite: __
Corequisite: PHYS 484R
ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS (6 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
General Requirements:
 
PHYS 484R Quantum Computation and Quantum Information -Recitation 0 Credit

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Spring 2014-2015 Quantum Computation and Quantum Information -Recitation 0
Spring 2012-2013 Quantum Computation and Quantum Information -Recitation 0
Spring 2011-2012 Quantum Computation and Quantum Information -Recitation 0
Spring 2010-2011 Quantum Computation and Quantum Information -Recitation 0
Spring 2005-2006 Quantum Computation and Quantum Information -Recitation 0

Prerequisite: __
Corequisite: PHYS 484
ECTS Credit: NONE ECTS (NONE ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
General Requirements:
 
PHYS 492 Modern Topics in Condensed Matter Physics 3 Credits
Nanostructure materials, quasi two dimensional systems and superlattices, quantum wires, quantum dots. Mesoscopic electron systems, coherent quantum transport, localization, universal conductance fluctuations, Bohm-Aharonov Effect. Single electron phenomena. Quantum Hall effects. Magnetism at nanoscale, spin transport. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and related techniques.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Spring 2016-2017 Modern Topics in Condensed Matter Physics 3
Fall 2010-2011 Modern Topics in Condensed Matter Physics 3
Fall 2009-2010 Modern Topics in Condensed Matter Physics 3
Fall 2008-2009 Modern Topics in Condensed Matter Physics 3
Spring 2005-2006 Modern Topics in Condensed Matter Physics 3
Spring 2003-2004 Modern Topics in Condensed Matter Physics 3

Prerequisite: PHYS 302 - Undergraduate - Min Grade D
Corequisite: __
ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS (6 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
General Requirements: