Graduate Physics Courses

PHYS 600s

PHYS 601 Perimeter Scholars International Quantum Field Theory 1 (0.50) LEC  
Canonical quantization of fields, perturbation theory, derivation of Feynman diagrams, applications in particle and condensed matter theory, renormalization in phi^4.
Department Consent Required | Offered in Fall Terms
PHYS 602 Perimeter Scholars International Statistical Physics (0.50) LEC  
A brief review of ensembles and quantum gases, Ising model, Landau theory of phase transitions, order parameters, topology, classical solutions.
Department Consent Required | Offered in Fall Terms
PHYS 603 Perimeter Scholars International Quantum Field Theory 2 (0.50) LEC  
Feynman Path Integral, abelian and nonabelian guage theories and their quantization, spontaneous symmetry breaking, nonperturbative techniques: latticef ield theory, Wilsonian renormalization.
Department Consent Required | Offered in Fall Terms
PHYS 604 Perimeter Scholars International Relativity (0.50) LEC  
Special relativity, foundations of general relativity, Riemannian geometry, Einstein's equations, FRW and Schwarzschild geometries and their properties
Department Consent Required | Offered in Fall Terms
PHYS 605 Perimeter Scholars International Quantum Theory (0.50) LEC  
Schrodinger equation: free particle, harmonic oscillator, simple time-dependent problems. Heisenbrerg picture and connection with classical physics. Entaglement and non-locality. Pure and mixed states, quantum correlators, measurement theory and interpretation.
Department Consent Required | Offered in Fall Terms
PHYS 606 Perimeter Scholars International Information and Data Analysis (0.50) LEC  
Probability, entropy, Bayesian inference and information theory. Maximum likelihood methods, common probability distributions, applications to real data including Monte-Carlo methods.
Department Consent Required
PHYS 607 Perimeter Scholars International Dynamical Systems (0.50) LEC  
Maps, flows, stability, fixed points, attractors, chaos, bifurcations, ergodicity, approach to chaos. Hamiltonian systems, Liouville measure, Poincare theorem, integrable systems with examples.
Department Consent Required
PHYS 608 Perimeter Scholars International Computation (0.50) LEC  
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 programming.
Department Consent Required
PHYS 609 Perimeter Scholars International Conformal Field Theory (0.50) LEC,SEM,TUT  
This course is an introduction to the key ideas and techniques of conformal field theories. These theories play a central role In the study of phase transitions in statistical physics and condensed matter systems, as well as in string theory. Conformal field theories provide a theoretical laboratory in which the constraints imposed by symmetries allow for the exact solution of field theories, which have found important applications in both physics and mathematics.
Department Consent Required
PHYS 610 Perimeter Scholars International Mathematics Physics (0.50) LEC,SEM,TUT  
This course will include the study of Perturbation Theory (Regular and Singular) Speeding Up Convergence: Shanks Transformations and Richardson Extrapolation Taylor Series, Fourier Series and the Gibbs Phenomenon Using Diveregent Series: Generalised Summation Analytic Continuation, Riemann Surfaces and Branch Points Continued Functions and Pade Approximants Steiltjes Functions, the Herglotz Property and the Carleman Bound Feynman Diagrams.
Department Consent Required
PHYS 611 PSI Condensed Matter Physics (0.50) LEC,TUT  
Theories of Condensed Matter Physics emphasizing the consequences of broken symmetries and the resulting collective modes which emerge, including broken translational symmetry and phonons, broken spin rotational symmetry and magnons, electronic properties of normal metals, and broken U(1) gauge symmetry in superconductors, excitations above the gap and collective modes in superconductors.
Department Consent Required | Offered in Fall Terms
PHYS 621 Perimeter Scholars International Cosmology (0.25) SEM  
FRW metric, 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 anisotropies, inflation and observational tests.
Department Consent Required | Offered in Winter Terms
PHYS 622 Perimeter Scholars International Standard Model (0.25) SEM  
Application of Yang-Mills theory to particle physics, QCD and its tests in the perturbative regime, theory of weak interactions, precision tests of electroweak theory, CKM matrix and flavour physics, open questions.
Department Consent Required | Offered in Winter Terms
PHYS 623 Perimeter Scholars International String Theory (0.25) SEM  
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- and 11-dimensional supergravities. Simple supergravity solutions and use these to explore some aspects of AdS/CFT duality.
Department Consent Required | Offered in Winter Terms
PHYS 624 Perimeter Scholars International Mathematical Physics Topics (0.25) SEM  
Differential forms, de Rham cohomology, differential topology and characteristic classes, monopoles and instantons, Kahler manifolds, Dirac equation, zero modes and index theorems.
Department Consent Required
PHYS 625 Perimeter Scholars International Supersymmetry (0.25) LEC,SEM,TUT  
The following topics will be discussed: The Lorentz Group: Properties and Representations; Manipulating Spinors; Supersymmetry Algebra and Representations; Superfields and Superspace; 4d Supersymmetric Lagrangians; Supersymmetry Breaking; Constructing the MSSM; Collider Phenomenology of Supersymmetric Theories; and Dark Matter.
Department Consent Required
PHYS 635 Perimeter Scholars International Quantum Information Review (0.25) SEM Course ID: 013287
Review of selected topics in Quantum Information
Department Consent Required | Offered in Winter Terms
PHYS 636 Perimeter Scholars International Gravitational Physics Review (0.25) SEM  
Review of selected topics in Gravitational Physics
Department Consent Required | Offered in Winter Terms
PHYS 637 Perimeter Scholars International Condensed Matter Theory (0.25) SEM  
Review of selected topics in Condensed Matter Theory
Department Consent Required | Offered in Winter Terms
PHYS 638 Perimeter Scholars International Quantum Gravity (0.25) SEM  
Review of selected topics in Quantum Gravity
Department Consent Required | Offered in Winter Terms
PHYS 639 Perimeter Scholars International Foundations of Quantum Theory (0.25) SEM  
Review of selected topics in Foundations of Quantum Theory
Department Consent Required | Offered in Winter Terms
PHYS 641 Perimeter Scholars International Explorations in Quantum Information (0.25) SEM  
Review of selected topics in Quantum Information
Department Consent Required | Offered in Winter Terms
PHYS 642 Perimeter Scholars International Explorations in Numerical Gravitational Physics (0.25) SEM  
Review of selected topics in Gravitational Physics
Department Consent Required
PHYS 643 Perimeter Scholars International Explorations in Condensed Matter Theory (0.25) SEM  
Review of selected topics in Condensed Matter Theory
Department Consent Required | Offered in Winter Terms
PHYS 644 Perimeter Scholars International Explorations in Quantum Gravity (0.25) SEM  
Review of selected topics in quantum Gravity
Department Consent Required
PHYS 645 Perimeter Scholars International Explorations in Foundations of Quantum Theory (0.25) SEM  
Review of Selected topics in Foundations of Quantum Theory
Department Consent Required
PHYS 646 Perimeter Scholars International Explorations in Particle Physics (0.25) SEM  
Review of selected topics in Particle Physics
Department Consent Required | Offered in Winter Terms
PHYS 647 Perimeter Scholars International Explorations in String Theory (0.25) SEM  
Review of selected topics in String Theory
Department Consent Required | Offered in Winter Terms
PHYS 648 Perimeter Scholars International Explorations in Complex Systems (0.25) SEM  
Review of selected topics in Complex Systems
Department Consent Required
PHYS 649 Perimeter Scholars International Explorations in Cosmology (0.25) SEM  
Review of Selected topics in Cosmology
Department Consent Required | Offered in Winter Terms
PHYS 650 Perimeter Scholars International Explorations in Quantum Gravity (0.25) LEC,TUT  
This course will introduce the students to the basic techniques and results of the field of loop quantum gravity. Possible topics include: 1) The Ashtekar variables and the Hamiltonian formalism; 2) The Plebanski action for general relativity; 3) The Hilbert space of loop quantum gravity and basic operators such as the area and volume operators; 4) Spin foam models; 5) Group field theory; 6) Quantum black hole horizons.
Department Consent Required

PHYS 700s

PHYS 701 Quantum Mechanics 1 (0.50) LEC Core Course
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.
 Offered in Fall Terms
PHYS 702 Quantum Mechanics 2 (0.50) LEC  
Concepts of relativistic quantum mechanics, elementary quantum field theory, and Feynman diagrams. Application to many particle systems. Students who have not taken PHYS 701 but have an equivalent background in Quantum Mechanics may seek the instructor's consent to register in this course.
Prereq: PHYS 701 or consent of instructor | Offered on demand
PHYS 703 Introduction to Quantum Field Theory (0.50) LEC Core Course
(Cross-listed with AMATH 873) | Offered in even Winter Terms
Review of relativistic quantum mechanics and classical field theory. Quantization of free quantum fields (the particle interpretation of field quanta). Canonical quantization of interacting fields (Feynman rules). Application of the formalism of interactin quantum fields to lowest-order quantum electrodynamic processes. Radiative corrections and renormalization.
Prereq: PHYS 701 or consent of instructor
PHYS 704 Statistical Physics 1 (0.50) LEC Core Course
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.
Offered in Fall Terms
PHYS 705 Statistical Physics 2 (0.50) LEC  
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. Students who have not taken PHYS 704 but have an equivalent background in Statistical Physics may seek the instructor's consent to register in this course.
Prereq: PHYS 704 or consent of instructor | offered in odd Winter Terms
PHYS 706 Electromagnetic Theory (0.50) LEC Core Course
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.
Offered in Winter Terms
PHYS 708 Applications of Group Theory (0.50) LEC  
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.
Offered on demand
PHYS 709 Green's Function Method (0.50) LEC  
Review of essential quantum field theory. Zero and finite temperature Green's functions. Applications.
Offered on demand
PHYS 710 Atomic Physics (0.50) LEC  
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 to be taken from current literature.
Offered on demand
PHYS 712 Special Topics in Theoretical Physics (0.50) RDG  
Instructor Consent Required | Offered on demand
PHYS 713 Molecular Physics (0.50) LEC  
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 coordinate analysis, etc.).
Instructor Consent Required | Offered on demand
PHYS 714 Nonlinear Optics (0.50) LEC  
Laser and nonlinear optics; techniques for controlling laser beams such as mode selection and mode locking; laser spectroscopy.
Offered on demand
PHYS 715 Nuclear Physics (0.50) LEC  
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.
Offered on demand
PHYS 716 Special Topics in Subatomic and Nuclear Physcis (0.50) LEC  
Instructor Consent Required | Offered on demand
1 Nuclear Reactions
2 Nuclear Theory
PHYS 717 Intermediate and High Energy Physics (0.50) LEC  
Strong, electromagnetic and weak interactions. Isospin, strangeness, conservation laws and symmetry principles. Leptons, hadrons, quarks and their classification, formation, interactions and decay.
Offered on demand
PHYS 718 Special Topics in Subatomic and Nuclear Physics (0.25) LEC  
Offered on demand | Course content depends on topic and instructor | Instructor Consent Required
PHYS 730 Liquid State Physics (0.50) LEC  
Physical properties of atomic liquids; distribution functions and equilibrium properties, elementary perturbation theories and integral equation theories; simple metals, simple computer simulation; viral expansions and thermodynamic derivatives of g(r); experimental determination of g(r).
Offered on demand
PHYS 731 Solid State Physics 1 (0.50) LEC  
Phonons, electron states, electron-electron interaction, electron-ion interaction, static properties of solids.
Offered on demand
PHYS 732 Solid State Physics 2 (0.50) LEC  
Transport properties; optical properties; magnetism; superconductivity; disordered systems.
Offered on demand
PHYS 733 Special Topics in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics (0.50) RDG  
Instructor Consent Required | Offered on demand
1 Superconductivity
2 Polymer Physics
3 Theory of Polymer Dynamics
4 Quantum Many Body Physics
PHYS 737 Special Topics in Surface Physics (0.50) LEC  
Offered on demand | Course content depends on topic and instructor | Instructor Consent Required
PHYS 738 Special Topics in Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (0.25) LEC  
Offered on demand | Course content depends on topic and instructor | Instructor Consent Required
PHYS 745 Special Topics in Experimental Physics (0.50) LEC  
Offered on demand | Course content depends on topic and instructor
Instructor Consent Required
1 Noise & Fluctuatns in Exp Phys
2 Physics of Imaging
3 Scanning Probe Techniques
4 Physics of Biomedical Imaging
5 Optical Techniques
6 Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy
7 Photonic Devices
8 Materials Characterization
9 Microscopy Imaging
10 Exp Atomic Phys Topics
11 Photonic Devices
12 Adv Topics Molecular Imaging
13 Multi-freq Raman Generation
14 Fiber Optics
PHYS 747 Optical Electronics (0.50) LEC  
Optoelectronic component fabrication, light propagation in linear and nonlinear media, optical fiber properties, electro-optic and acousto-optic modulation, spontaneous and stimulated emission, semiconductor lasers and detectors, noise effects in fiber systems.
Offered odd Winter Terms
PHYS 749 Special Topics in Experimental Physics (0.25) LEC  
Offered on demand | Course content depends on topic and instructor | Instructor Consent Required
PHYS 751 Clinical Applications of Physics in Medicine (0.50) LEC  
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. Credit may be obtained for only one of PHYS*4070 or PHYS*7510.
Offered Winter Terms
PHYS 752 Molecular Biophysics (0.50) LEC  
Physical methods of determining macromolecular structure: energetics, intramolecular and intermolecular forces, with applications to lamellar structures, information storage, DNA and RNA, recognition and rejection of foreign molecules.
Offered Winter Terms
PHYS 754 Special Topics in Biophysics (0.50) RDG  
Offered on demand | Instructor Consent Required
1 Bionanotechnology
2 Radiobiology
3 AFM & Fluores study - Mem Chol
4 Scanning Probe Microscopy Appl
5 Antimicrobial Peptides
6 Membrane Biophysics
7 Cancer Bio & Therapies
PHYS 757 Special Topics in Biophysics (0.25) RDG  
Offered on demand | Course content depends on topic and instructor | Instructor Consent Required
PHYS 767 Quantum Information Processing (0.50) LEC Core Course
(Cross-listed with AMATH 871, CO 681, CS 768, QIC 710)
Review of basics of quantum information and computational complexity; Simple quantum algorithms; Quantum Fourier transform and Shor factoring algorithm: Amplitude amplification, Grover search algorithm and its optimality; Completely positive trace-preserving maps and Kraus representation; Non-locality and communication complexity; Physical realizations of quantum computation: requirements and examples; Quantum error-correction, including CSS codes, and elements of fault-tolerant computation; Quantum cryptography; Security proofs of quantum key distribution protocols; Quantum proof systems. Familiarity with theoretical computer science or quantum mechanics will also be an asset, though most students will not be familiar with both.
Offered in the Fall Term
PHYS 768 Special Topics in Quantum Information Processing (0.50) LEC  
Offered on demand | Course content depends on topic and instructor | Instructor Consent Required
Instructor Consent Required
1 Applied Qtm Cryptography
2 Impltn of Qtm Communication
3 Implmtn of Qtm Info Processing
4 Nanoelectroncs - QI Processing
5 Quantum Info Procesng Devices
6 Optical & Atomc Imp
7 Open Quantum Systems
8 2 Photn Imag & Spectroscpy
9 Building a Neutron Camera
PHYS 769 Special Topics in quantum Information Processing (0.25) LEC  
Offered on demand | Course content depends on topic and instructor | Instructor Consent Required
1 CMP: A QI Perspective
2 Topos Quantum Physics
3 Implmtn Qtm Communicatns
PHYS 771 Special Lecture and Reading Course (0.50) RDG  
Offered on demand | Course content depends on topic and instructor | Instructor Consent Required
1 Quantum Chaos
2 Fourier Optics
3 Low Temperature Device Physics
4 Soft Condensed Matter
5 Biophysics Theory
6 NMR&MRI with Appl in Materials
7 Structure of Complex Fluids
8 Quantum Gravity
9 Low Temperature Device Physics
10 Liquid State NMR&Quantum Info
11 Intro to Quantum Field Theory
12 Solid State NMR
13 NMR & MRI of Porous Media
14 SQUIDS
15 Computational Physics
16 Advanced Magnetization
17 Geometry, Topology and Phys
18 Galaxy Formation
19 Reson Cavities in Atomic Phys
20 Imaging Physics in Medicine
21 Femtosecond Pulses
22 Superstring Theory
23 Numerical Analysis
24 Multifrequency Raman Gen
25 Reson Cavities in Atomic Phys
26 Microscopic Tech Materials Res
27 Quantum Information Processing
28 Interaction of Light (Eye 11)
29 Superconductivity
30 Quantum Field Theory
31 Quantum Optics
32 Advanced NMR
33 Quantum Computing Democritus
34 Advanced Imaging of the Eye
35 Radiation Biology
36 Quantum Optical Communications
37 Introduction to Supersymmetry
38 Light Scttrg in Biolgcl Tissue
39 NMR: Spin Dynamics
40 Physics of Polymers
41 Fld-bsd Statcl Mechs-Sft Mtr
42 Overview of Galaxy Clusters
43 Gradient Refractive Indx Optcs
44 Alignment Ionizatn & Dissocatn
45 Optical Techniques
46 Membrane Biophysics
47 Photodynamic Therapy
48 Atomic Force Microscopy
49 Introductroy NMR
50 Magnetism & Long Range Ord
51 Chirped Pulse A/F Amplifiers
52 New Imaging Methods in Opth.
53 Models of Nuclear Structure
54 Combination Therapy of Cancer
55 Mnte Carlo Mtds in Stat Phys
56 Phys Biology of the Cell
57 Implmtn of Qtm Info Processing
58 Config Fluid Mem & Vesicles
59 Equilbm Theo Inhomo Polymr
60 Adv Radiation Biology
61 Introduction to Scientific C++
62 Spin Dynamics: Basics of NMR
63 Adv. Quantum Field Theory
64 Topics in Statistical Physics
65 Monte Carlo Sim in Soft Matter
66 FPGAs in Experimental Phys
67 Optical Coherence Tmgrphy
68 Transport in Nanoscales
69 Mechanics of the Cell
70 GR for Cosmology
71 Stat Mech Applications
72 Spin Dynamics
73 Computer Sim of Liquids
74 Ultrafast Lasers & Applcns
75 Concepts in modern atomic phys
76 Slctd Topcs - Cancer Therapies
77 Scatter Ampl & Wilson Loops
PHYS 773 Special Topics in Physics (0.50) RDG  
Offered on demand | Course content depends on topic and instructor | Instructor Consent Required
1 Geometrical Methods
2 Strong Laser Field Physics
3 Optics of the Eye
4 Quantum Error Correction
5 Renorm Group & Disordered Syst
6 Advanced String Theory
7 Intro to Quantum Gravity
8 Non-Abelian Gauge Theories
9 Molecular Ion. in Laser Fields
10 X-Ray Diffraction
11 Interpretation Quantum Theory
12 MRI in Wood Physics
13 Squid Fabrication
14 Spectroscopic Techniques
15 Open Quantum Systems
16 Theoretical Physics
17 Superconducting Devices
18 Intermolecular Forces
19 Topics in Quantum Information
20 Intense Field Physics
21 Recent Adv Opt Instrumentation
22 Xprmnt Techs Lw-Enrg Nclr Phys
23 Prb-Time in Qtm Grvty & Csmlgy
24 Acoustics
25 Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy
26 NMR Quantum Info. Processing
27 Opt Design & Opt in Zemax
28 Nanoelectronics for QC
29 Molecular Imaging etc.
30 Modern Optics
31 Topics in Quantum Field Theory
32 Error Correction Coding
33 Intro to Supersymmetry
34 Stars & Galaxies
35 Membrane Biophysics
36 Mttr & Methods @ Low Temp
37 QFT for Cosmology
38 Mechanics of the Cell
39 Statistical Physics of Fields
PHYS 775 Inter-Institution Exchange (0.50) SEM  
At the Director's discretion, a PhD or MSc student may receive course credit for a term of specialized studies at another institution. Formal evaluation is required.
Instructor Consent Required
PHYS 776 Special Topics in Physics (0.50) RDG  
Offered on demand | Course content depends on topic and instructor | Instructor Consent Required
1 Conformal Field Theory
2 Decoherence Theory
3 Cdn Summer School in QI
4 PSI Condensed Matter Physics
5 CM Field Theory
6 Fundamentals of Photonics
7 Introduction to GR
8 Quantum Machines
9 QFT in a Nutshell
10 High-Energy Astrophysics
11 Quantum Optics
PHYS 777 Special Topics in Physics (0.25) RDG  
Offered on demand | Course content depends on topic and instructor | Instructor Consent Required
1 PSI Qntm Spin Simulations
2 PSI Exp in Cosmology
3 PSI Beyond the Standard Model
4 PSI More Standard Model Review
5 PSI Explorations in QG
6 Many-body phys & qtm fdns/info
7 Intro to Compact Objects
8 Beyond Std Model Rev
9 Neutron Scattering & QI
10 Topological QC
11 Phys of Supercndcting Dev
12 CMT from a QI perspective
13 More/Bynd St Model
PHYS 781 Fundamentals of Astrophysics (0.50) LEC Core Course
Multi-wavelength astronomy: radio, infrared, optical and x-ray observations. Radiative Processes: macroscopic description, thermal and non-thermal emission, scattering, line transitions and plasma effects. Gravitational Dynamics: potential and orbits, self-gravitating systems, the Collisionless Boltzmann Equation, gravitational encounters. Fluid Mechanics: simple fluids, soundwaves and shocks, instabilities and transport mechanisms.
Offered in Fall Terms
PHYS 784 Advanced techniques in General Relativity and Applications to Black Holes (0.50) LEC  
(Cross-listed with AMATH 874) | Offered on demand
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.
PHYS 785 Introduction to Quantum Field Theory for Cosmology (0.50) LEC  
(Cross-listed with AMATH 872) | Offered even Winter Terms
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.
PHYS 786 Introduction to General Relativity with Applications to Cosmology (0.50) LEC  
(Cross-listed with AMATH 875) | Offered odd Fall Terms
Introduction to the differential geometry of Lorentzian manifolds. The priniciples of general relativity. Causal structure and cosmological singularities. Cosmological space-times with Killing vector fields. Friedmann-Lemaitre cosmologies, scalar, vector and tensor perburbations in the linear and nonlinear regimes. De Sitter space-times and inflationary models.
PHYS 787 Cosmology (0.50) LEC  
Friedmann-Robertson-Walker metric and dynamics; big bang thermodynamics; nucleosynthesis; recombination; perturbation theory and structure formation; anisotropies in the Cosmic Microwave Background; statistics of cosmological density and velocity fields; galaxy formation; inflation.
Offered on demand
PHYS 788 Special Topics in Astrophysics (0.50) RDG  
Offered on demand | Course content depends on topic and instructor | Instructor Consent Required
1 Structure & Evolution of Stars
2 Galaxy Formation
3 Interstellar Med & Star Form
4 Feedback Processes - Star Form
5 Phys of the Interstellar Mediu
6 Intro to Obs Astronomy
7 Astro & Cosmo thru Problms
8 Astronomy Seminar
9 Galaxy Cluster Physics
10 Star Formation
11 Astrochemistry
12 Astro Obs, Instrumentation,etc
PHYS 789 Special Topics in Astrophysics (0.25) RDG  
Offered on demand | Course content depends on topic and instructor | Instructor Consent Required
1 Advanced General Relativity
2 Gravitational Lensing
3 Galaxy Cluster Physics
4 The Submilimeter Universe
5 1st Light-End of Csmc Drk Ages
6 Star Formation
7 Galaxy Morphology
8 Scuba 2 Data Reduction
9 Missing Baryons of the Univ
10 Topics in Accretion Physics
PHYS 790 Special Topics in Gravitation and Cosmology (0.50) LEC  
Offered on demand | Course content depends on topic and instructor | Instructor Consent Required
1 Action Principle in GR and E&M
2 Gravity/CFT Dualities
3 Elements of GR
4 Introduction to EFT
5 Intro to 3+1 Num Relativity
PHYS 791 Special Topics in Gravitation and Cosmology (0.25) LEC  
Offered on demand | Course content depends on topic and instructor | Instructor Consent Required
1 QFT on Curved Spacetimes
2 Topics in QFT