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Department of Physics
(D i v i s i o n o f S c i e n c e)
Professor V. Parameswaran Nair, Chair • Department Office: MR 419 • Tel: 212-650-6832

General Information a variety of learning experiences Electives for Non-Majors

specifically preparing participants to Engineering majors may take as elec-
The City College offers the following meet medical, dental and veterinary tives Physics 32100, 32300, 42200,
undergraduate degree in Physics: school admission requirements as well 45200, 45300, 55400, 55500, 56100,
B.S. as those for physician’s assistant and 58000 and 58100. Biology and pre-
physical therapy advanced degree medical students may elect Physics
Programs and Objectives programs. 31500 and 42200. Mathematics and
Honors Chemistry majors may elect Physics
The Department of Physics provides a
The Research Honors Program is one 35100 and 35300. All physical science
comprehensive program designed to
of several ways for undergraduate stu- students with an interest in astron-
enable students to acquire a basic un-
dents to participate in faculty research omy should consider Physics 45400.
derstanding of the laws of nature and
projects. Such projects, if judged to be Chemists should consider Physics
their application, and to prepare them
of sufficient quality and quantity, may 55400.
for a career either in physics or in one
of the many science and technology lead to a degree with honors. Exemption Credit
oriented professions for which phys- Physics Scholar Program Qualified students may take exemption
ics is a basic component. The various The Physics Department accepts examinations for all courses offered by
introductory courses are therefore students into the Physics Scholar the Department upon application to
designed to meet a variety of student Program. This program provides re- the Department. Exemption examina-
needs, including general knowledge, search opportunities and summer tions are given at several specified
preparation for professional work research employment. More informa- times during the year. In general, a
(engineering, materials science, pho- tion about this very successful and grade of B+ or better is required for
tonics, premedical, biomedical phys- competitive program can be obtained exemption with credit and a grade of
ics, architecture, teaching, etc.) and directly from the Department. B- or better for exemption without
preparation for advanced work in phys- credit. For some courses, it will be
ics. A sequence of advanced courses is Research necessary to complete the laboratory
provided primarily for Physics majors The large active research faculty component before full credit is given.
but is also open to other interested provides undergraduate research op-
students. The aim of these courses is portunities in many fields of experi- Tutoring
to train students for technical employ- mental and theoretical physics. Modern
Each faculty member designates two
ment in industry or government and laboratories provide excellent training
office hours per week when she or he
for graduate work. facilities in the areas of laser physics,
will be available to tutor students. In
In addition to the Standard Physics low temperature physics, biophysics
addition, all faculty members teach-
Option the Department offers an and semiconductor physics. Off-site re-
ing multiple section introductory or
Applied Physics Option, a Secondary search in atomic physics takes place at
intermediate courses are available for
Education Option and a Biomedical Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
tutoring of students in all sections
Physics Option. The Applied Physics Some students also participate in
of the particular course(s) they are
Option has two tracks: Materials theoretical physics research, primarily
teaching. Detailed tutoring schedules
Science or Optics/Photonics. in the areas of condensed matter phys-
are distributed early in each semester.
The Department cooperates in the ics and high energy. Academic credit
For the introductory courses there is
Program in Premedical Studies (PPS), a can be earned for participation in such
also a tutoring lab, open about 25
program of the Division of the College research projects.
hours per week, staffed by qualified
of Liberal Arts and Science. This allows Graduate Courses graduate and undergraduate students,
the student to major in Physics while Physics majors in their senior year where a student in these courses may
participating in PPS. The program sometimes enroll in beginning gradu- seek assistance.
features a curriculum which integrates ate courses.
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Department Activities for the annual Marshak award and Alternative Physics Concentration
Zemansky Introductory Physics Prize. (Materials Science and Optics/
Colloquia and Seminars Photonics Concentrations)
The Physics Department holds a weekly Advisement
colloquium in a field of general or cur- Required Courses
rent interest in physics, usually given Undergraduate Majors Physics:
by a distinguished outside speaker. All Professor Joseph L. Birman 32300: Quantum Mechanics 3
MR 424; 212-650-6871 35100: Mechanics 4
Physics graduate students and Physics
35400: Electricity and Magnetism II 3
majors are invited to attend. In ad- Professor Fredrick W. Smith Applied Physics Electives: 15
dition there are weekly seminars of a MR 423A, 212-650-6963
Materials Science concentration requires
more specialized nature in such areas Physics 554000, 55500 and 56100.
Graduate Students
as high-energy physics, condensed Additional electives may be selected from
Professor Timothy Boyer
matter physics and biophysics and Physics 42200, Chemistry 26100, 32500,
MR 331; 212-650-5585 Chem Engr 46700 and EE 44100.
frequent seminars in such areas as as-
trophysics and light scattering. All other students Optics/Photonics concentration requires
Contact the Physics Office (MR-419; Physics 45200, 47100, 45300 and 58000.
Planetarium Additional electives may be selected from
212-650-6832), to be put in touch
The Physics Department maintains a Physics 55400, 58100 and EE 59801
with an appropriate advisor.
fully equipped planetarium. Programs
and shows on an appropriate level Requirements for Majors 39100: Methods of Differential
are given for elementary schools, ju- Equations 3
nior and senior high schools and the All Physics majors must complete 39200: Linear Algebra and Vector
college community as well as other “Basic Courses for Physics Majors” Analysis 3
groups upon request. Programs and and either the “Standard Physics Total Credits for Applied Physics
shows are available both in English Concentration” or one of the Concentration 39
and in Spanish. “Alternative Concentrations.”These
courses are in addition to the Science Biomedical Physics Concentration
Job Placement Required Courses
core curriculum requirements:
The Physics Department maintains an Physics:
up-to-date file of employment oppor- Basic Courses for Physics Majors 42200: Biophysics 3
tunities at all levels. Physics: 52200: Biomedical Physics 3
35300: Electricity and Magnetism I 3
Computer Facilities 37100: Advanced Physics One of the following: 3-4
Computation facilities include a gen- Laboratory I 2 32300: Quantum Mechanics 3
eral purpose Science Computer Lab 45100: Thermodynamics and 55100: Quantum Physics I 4
with 40 Dell workstations, projectors, Statistical Physics 3 Mathematics:
printer and network equipment for Total Credits for Basic Courses 8 39100: Methods of Differential
classes and assigned course work, Equations 3
Standard Physics Concentration 39200: Linear Algebra and Vector
internet and e-mail access. Licensed
Required Courses Analysis 3
software such as MS Office, Matlab,
Mathematica, SPSS, SAS, Gaussian 98W 35100: Mechanics 4 Chemistry:
and ArcView are available in all the 35400: Electricity and Magnetism II 3 45900: Biochemistry I 4
workstations. Teaching and research 45200: Optics 3 Total Credits for Biomedical Physics
laboratories have a variety of dedi- 47100: Advanced Physics Concentration 27-28
cated computer workstations, servers, Laboratory II 2 Secondary Education Concentration
cluster, software and applications for 55100: Quantum Physics I 4
Major requirements are listed below.
data acquisition, processing, simula- 55200: Quantum Physics II 4
55600: Current Topics in Physics 1 Pedagogical requirements are listed in
tion and scientific computation.
Physics Elective: Physics 31500, the Department of Education section
Awards 42200, 45300, 55400 3 of this Bulletin.
Mathematics: Required Courses
The Physics Department annually
39100: Methods of Differential 35100: Mechanics 4
awards one or more Ward medals and 35300: Electricity and Magnetism I 3
Equations 3
the Sidney Millman Scholarship Award 39200: Linear Algebra and Vector 35400: Electricity and Magnetism II 3
for academic excellence, and a Sonkin Analysis 3 37100: Advanced Physics Lab I 2
medal for the best achievement in 45100: Thermodynamics and
Total Credits for Standard Physics
experimental physics. Physics students Concentration 38 Statistical Physics 3
may also compete, along with students 45200: Optics 3
in the other science departments, 32100: Modern Physics 3
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Electives to be chosen in this sequence should consult the con- along with more recent discoveries such as
consultation with the advisor 6 centration advisor. All students intend- quasars, pulsars and black holes. 3 lect.,
1 rec. hr./wk., slides, films, planetarium
Total Credits for Secondary Ed. ing to major in Physics should see the
shows; 3 cr.
Concentration 27 specialization advisor before entering
their junior year. Students who do not Physics 10000: Ideas of Physics
Elective Courses A course with two themes: 1. How nature
Students who intend to go on to grad- intend to do graduate work should see
works the interplay of space, time, matter
uate work in Physics should choose, Professors Birman or Smith for an indi- and energy; 2. Structures are born, live out
in consultation with the departmental vidualized program. their life cycles, and die. These include us,
advisor, free electives from among the In addition to major requirements, the stars, and perhaps the universe. This
all Physics majors must complete the theme may be called the scientific story of
following: genesis. 3 lect., 1 rec. hr./wk., demonstra-
Physics: tions, slides, films; 3 cr.
1. General Education Requirement
31500: Medical Physics (3 cr.) Astronomy 30500: Methods in
42200: Biophysics (3 cr.) including FIQWS, Calculus,
Perspective and In-depth require- Astronomy
45300: Physical Photonics I (Laser Designed to fulfill the 30000-level core
Optics) (3 cr.) ments (for students who entered science requirement, the course covers the
45400: Descriptive Astronomy (3 cr.) after Fall 2008) or Old Core fundamental physical laws that underlie
52200: Biomedical Physics (3 cr.) Requirement, including English the motions of heavenly bodies, including
55300: Kinetic Theory and 11000, English 21000 or equiva- Newtonian mechanics and Einstein’s theory
Statistical Mechanics (3 cr.) lent, and the Writing Across the of relativity, planetary, stellar and galactic
55400: Solid State Physics (3 cr.) evolution; the methods, techniques and
Curriculum requirement (for stu- instruments used by modern astronomy,
55500: The Physics and Chemistry dents who entered before Fall including the Hubble Space Telescope
of Materials (3 cr.) 2008) and planetary space probes. 3 lect., 1
Any graduate course with rec. hr./wk., slides, films, planetarium
designation V0100-V2600 2. English 21003
shows, field trips; 3 cr.
3. Foreign Language Requirement
Selected 20000, 30000, or 40000 level 4. CPE Examination Introductory Courses
courses 5. Speech 11100 or the Speech 20300-20400: General Physics
Proficiency Test For majors in the life sciences (biology,
Additional Requirements medicine, dentistry, psychology, physi-
Students who intend to go on to For more information, please con- cal therapy) and for liberal arts students.
complete some graduate work during sult the chapter entitled Degree Fundamental ideas and laws of phys-
the undergraduate years should see Requirements at the end of this ics from mechanics to modern physics.
Bulletin. Included are Newton’s laws of motion,
the concentration advisor (Prof. J. L. electricity and magnetism, heat, optics,
Birman or Prof. F.W. Smith) concerning Requirements for a relativity, quantum mechanics and nuclear
possible substitutions for some of the physics. Emphasis is on the basic prin-
above courses.
Minor in Physics ciples and general laws. Use of mathemat-
ics is restricted to elementary algebra
Note: all the non-introductory courses in Students in other departments may and some trigonometry. Physics 20300 is
physics required for Physics majors are given minor in physics by taking a minimum prereq. for Physics 20400 (required for
only once a year. For a student who has
of 9 credits in Physics beyond the in- Premed., Predent., Bio-Med., and all Life
completed the required introductory courses
troductory courses (20700, 20800 or Science students). 3 lect., 1 rec. hr./wk., 3
(Physics 20700, 20800, Math 20100,
20300, 20400). These courses are in lab. hr. alt. wks.; 4 cr./sem.
20200, 20300) the following sequence is
therefore recommended for the remaining addition to the science core require- 20305-20405: Laboratory Sections for
courses: ments. See an advisor in the Physics 20300 and 20400
Physics Math Department for guidance. Department permission required for reg-
istration, which is limited to students
Spring 32100 39100 having passed lecture part via exemption
Fall 35100, 35300, 37100 Course Descriptions
exam or via equivalent course elsewhere.
Spring 35400, 47100, 55100 39200 Not open to students who have previously
Fall 45200, 55200, 55600 Core Courses taken or are planning to register for 20300
Spring 45100, elective or 20400. 3 lab. hr. alt. wks.; 1 cr./sem.
All courses except Astronomy 10000 and
Students who enter this sequence 30500 carry a Physics (PHYS) designation, 20700-20800: General Physics
during their sophomore year may thus starting with PHYS 10000. Vectors, equilibrium, rectilinear motion.
be free to take physics (or math) Newton’s laws, gravitation, motion in
Astronomy 10000: Ideas of Astronomy
electives or graduate courses in their a plane, work and energy, impulse and
Explores the entire realm of the universe,
momentum, rotation and angular mo-
senior year. The latter is especially its origins and history, and establishes our
mentum, simple harmonic motion, fluids,
recommended by the Department. time and place and role in it. Our solar
heat and thermodynamics, waves and
system, our galaxy, the expanding uni-
Students who cannot readily fit into acoustics, electrostatics, magnetism and
verse of many galaxies will be discussed
electromagnetism, direct and alternating
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current, geometrical and physical optics. Peturbation theory; time independent – 42200: Biophysics
Pre- or coreq.: Math 20200 for Physics first order nondegenerate, level splitting; Introduction to the structure, properties,
20700. Physics 20700 is prereq. for Physics time dependent – Golden rule; Identical and function of proteins, nucleic acids,
20800. Math 20300 is pre- or coreq. for particles, spin & statistics; Quantum lipids and membranes. In depth study of
Physics 20800. (Required for all students communication, Bell’s theorem. Prereq.: the physical basis of selected systems
in the Physical Sciences, Engineering and Physics 20700 and 20800, Math 39100 and including vision, nerve transmission,
Computer Science.) 3 lect., 2 rec. hr./wk., 39200 (required for Physics majors in the photosynthesis, enzyme mechanism, and
2 lab/wrkshp. hrs (20700), 2 lab. hrs. alt. Applied Physics Option). 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr. cellular diffusion. Introduction to spectro-
wks. (20800); 4 cr./sem. scopic methods for monitoring reactions
33100: Intelligent Life in the and determining structure including light
21900: Physics for Architecture Universe absorption or scattering, fluorescence,
Students Problems concerning the existence of and NMR and X-ray diffraction. The course em-
A one-semester course for students of contact with other intelligent life forms. phasizes reading and interpretation of the
Architecture. Translational and rotational The physical conditions necessary for de- original literature. Prereq.: 1 yr. of Math, 1
equilibrium. Newton’s laws of motion and velopment and evolution of such forms. yr. of Physics (elective for Physics Majors
vibrations. Work, energy and power. Fluids The physical limitations on contact with and Biomedical Engineering students).
and temperature. Heat and energy trans- them. 4 hr./wk.; 4 cr. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
fer. Prereq.: completion of all mathemat-
ics requirements through trigonometry 33200: Physics of Science Fiction 45100: Thermodynamics and
or be eligible for Math 20500. 3 lect., 2 The physical basis for the many imagina- Statistical Physics
rec. hr./wk.; 4 cr. tive and speculative schemes encountered Temperature; equations of state; work,
in science fiction: anti-matter, space heat and the First Law; irreversibility, en-
30000: Elementary Physics warps, black holes, anti-gravity, time trav- tropy and the Second Law; introduction to
For students in the School of Education. el, multi-dimensional universes, parallel kinetic theory and statistical mechanics;
Survey of physics emphasizing the mean- universes, quarks, robots, flying saucers, low-temperature physics; the Third Law.
ings of physical laws, concepts of motion Star Trek, etc. Every lecture is accompanied Prereq.: Physics 35100 and 35300; coreq.:
and energy, and physical properties of by a color slide show. No prereq. 3 hr./wk.; Math 39100 (required for all Physics ma-
matter. Topics include concepts of velocity 3 cr. jors). 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
and acceleration; Newton’s laws of mo-
tion, mass and weight, circular motion, Advanced Courses 45200: Optics
gravitation, work, energy, momentum, Dispersion, reflection and refraction,
electromagnetic properties of matter, and 35100: Mechanics interference, diffraction, coherence, geo-
atomic theory (required for students in Newton’s laws; Systems of particles; Small metrical optics, interaction of light with
Elementary Education). 3 lect., 2 lab. or oscillations; Central forces and planetary matter. Prereq.: Physics 35400, or similar
discussion hr./wk.; 3 cr. motion; Rotations and rotating coordinate engineering courses; pre- or coreq.: Math
system; Introduction to rigid body mo- 39200 (required for all Physics majors,
32100: Modern Physics for Engineers tion; Lagrangian dynamics; Introduction except those in the Biomedical Option).
Introductory historical background, el- to Hamiltonian dynamics. Prereq.: Physics 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
ementary quantum theory, application to 20800; pre- or cor-req.; Math 39100 (re-
one-electron atoms, atomic shell structure quired for Physics majors). 4 hr./wk.; 4 cr. 45300: Physical Photonics I/Laser
and periodic table; nuclear physics, relativ- Optics
ity and statistical mechanics. Concepts, 35300: Electricity and Magnetism I Theory and applications of lasers and
quantitative work and problem sets are Review of vector calculus; Electrostatics masers. Physical principles underlying
emphasized. Prereq.: Physics 20800 or in vaccum, work & energy, conductors; the design of lasers, coherent optics,
equivalent, Math 20300 or 20900 (elective Laplace’s equation and its solution; and non-linear optics. Pre- or coreq.: a
for Engineering students). 3 lect. hr./wk.; Electric fields in matter, currents, circuits course in modern physics (Physics 55100
3 cr. and dielectrics; magnetostatics, vector or Physics 32100), a course in electric-
potential. Prereq.: Physics 20800; pre- or ity and magnetism (Physics 35400 or EE
Elementary Electives coreq.: Math 39100 and Physics 35100 or 33200). Optics (Physics 45200) is desirable
equivalent (required for Physics majors). but not required (elective for Physics and
31500: Medical Physics 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr. Engineering majors). 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
Physical aspects of the skeletal, circulato-
ry, nervous, muscular, respiratory, and renal 35400: Electricity and Magnetism II 45400: Descriptive Astronomy
systems; diagnostic imaging including EKG, Magnetic fields in matter; Electrodynamics, Astronomy for science majors. Stellar as-
EEG, x-rays, CAT, MRI, lasers and fiber opti- induction, Makwell’s equations; tronomy, galactic astronomy, cosmology,
cal probes; radiation therapy and safety; Electromagnetic waves in vacuum and and earth and planetary science. Recent
nuclear medicine; artificial organs. Prereq.: in matter; Guided waves – transmission discoveries and topics such as pulsars,
Physics 20400 or 20800. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr. lines and waveguides; Electromagnetic black holes, radio astronomy, interstellar
potentials and radiation; Special relativ- medium, radio galaxies, quasars, spiral
32300: Quantum Mechanics for ity. Prereq.: Physics 35300; pre- or coreq.: density waves in disc galaxies, black body
Applied Physicists Math 39100 and Math 39200 (required radiation, intelligent life beyond the earth.
Basic experiments, wave-particle dual- for Physics majors, except those in the Lectures are supplemented by observations
ity, uncertainty; Wave functions and Biomedical Option). 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr. and planetarium shows. Prereq.: Physics
Schroedinger equation; 1-d problems: (a) 20800 (elective for Physics majors).
bound states: square well, harmonic oscil- 37100: Advanced Physics Laboratory I
3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
lator, Kronig-Penny model, (b) scattering Experiments in electricity, magnetism and
from barriers, tunneling; QM formalism: electronics. Prereq.: Physics 20800; coreq.: 47100: Advanced Physics Laboratory II
Dirac notation, operators & eigenvalues, Physics 35300 (required for Physics ma- Experiments in optics, quantum physics
angular momentum; Hydrogen atom; jors). 3 lab., 1 conf. hr./wk.; 2 cr. and atomic physics. Prereq.: Phys 35400;
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pre or coreq.: Physics 55100 (required for 55500: The Physics and Chemistry of 58100: Physical Photonics III/Wave
Physics majors). 3 lab., 1 conf. hr./wk.; Materials Transmission Optics
2 cr. (Same as Physics U4600) Examples, charac- (Same as Physics U8100) Waves and
teristic properties, and applications of im- Maxwell’s equations. Field energetics,
52200: Biomedical Physics portant classes of materials (semiconduc- dispersion, complex power. Waves in di-
Methods used in the study of biophysics
tors, ceramics, metals, polymers, dielectrics electrics and in conductors. Reflection and
and biomedical physics. Study of the physi-
and ferroelectrics, super-conductors, mag- refraction. Oblique incidence and total
cal basis of spectroscopic methods includ-
netic materials); surfaces and interfaces internal reflection. Transmission lines and
ing light absorption or scattering, fluores-
of solids; selected topics in the synthesis, conducting waveguides. Planar and circular
cence, NMR and X-ray diffraction for the
processing and characterization of materi- dielectric wave-guides; integrated optics
study of biomolecules. Biomedical imaging
als. Prereq.: Phys 55400 or equivalent, and optical fibers. Hybrid and linearly po-
including sonogram, MRI, and tomography
e.g. EE 45400 or ChE 46400 (required of larized modes. Graded index fibers. Mode
will be discussed. Prereq: 42200 or the
Physics majors in the Applied Physics/ coupling; wave launching. Fiber-optic com-
consent of the instructor. 3 hr./wk.; 3cr.
Material Science Option; and elective for munications: modulation, multiplexing,
55100: Quantum Physics I other Physics majors and for Engineering and coupling; active fibers: erbium-doped
Introductory material: 2-slit experiment, majors). 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr. fiber lasers and amplifiers. Prereq.: Phys
matter waves and addition of amplitudes 35300 and 35400. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
55600: Current Topics in Physics
– superposition principle; Uncertainty prin-
A seminar course on current topics in ex- Honors and Special
ciple, properties of matter waves: Boundary
perimental and theoretical physics, with
conditions and energy level quantization Courses
oral reports by students and faculty (re-
and Schrödinger interpretation – wave
quired for Physics majors). 1 hr./wk.; 1 cr.
equation, application to one dimensional
problems, barrier penetration, Bloch states 56100: Materials Science Laboratory 30100-30300: Honors I-III
in solids and how bands form in solids; Introduction to some of the basic methods Approval of Dean and Department Honors
The universality of the Harmonic potential for sample preparation and characteriza- Supervisor required. Apply not later than
– Simple Harmonic oscillator and applica- tion relevant to materials science. Topics December 10 in Fall term or May 1 in the
tions; One electron atoms, spin, transition include synthesis of semiconductor thin Spring term (elective for Physics majors).
rates; Identical particles and quantum sta- films and high temperature superconduc- Variable cr., usually 3 cr./sem.
tistics; Beyond the Schrödinger equation: tors, contact preparation, measurements 31000: Independent Study
Variational methods and WKB. Prereq.: of transport properties as a function of The student will pursue a program of in-
Math 39100 and Math 39200. Pre- or temperature, Raman spectroscopy, electron dependent study under the direction of a
coreq.: Physics 35100, Physics 35400 (re- spin resonance (ESR), X-ray diffraction, ab- member of the Department with the writ-
quired for Physics majors). 4 hr./wk.; 4 cr. sorption measurements in UV-visible range. ten approval of the faculty sponsor and the
Prereq.: Physics 32300; coreq.: Physics Department Chair. Credit may be from 1-4
55200: Quantum Physics II 55400 or permission of the instructor. 4
Review of Schrödinger equation, credits, as determined in the semester be-
lect. hr./wk. for the first three wks., then 7 fore registration by the instructor with the
Uncertainty principle. Formalism:
lab. hr./wk.; 4 cr. approval of the Department Chair. Students
Observables, Operators etc.; Application
to simple case: 2 level systems, electron 58000: Physical Photonics II must have completed at least nine credits
in a magnetic field; Angular momentum – (Same as Physics U6800) Three-level and with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. A maximum of
Bohr model revisited; Magnetic properties four-level solid state lasers: ion-doped nine credits of independent study may be
of solids; Time independent perturbation laser crystals and glasses. Solid-state laser credited toward the degree. Independent
theory and applications; Time dependent engineering: end-pumping techniques. study is to be used to meet special stu-
perturbation theory: Lasers, Masers etc.; Laser characterization: limiting slope ef- dent needs that are not covered in regular
Adiabatic processes: Berry’s phase, when ficiency. Femtosecond pulse generation: course offerings.
does phase matter?; Quantum entangle- synchronous pumping, active mode-locking 31100-32000: Selected Topics in
ment, Bell’s theorem and recent experi- of tunable solid-state lasers. Regenerative Physics
ments. Prereq.: Physics 55100 or equiva- amplification of ultrashort pulses. Photons Courses on contemporary topics to be of-
lent Math 39100, and Math 39200 (re- in semiconductors: light-emitting diodes fered according to the interest of faculty
quired for Physics majors). 4 hr./wk.; 4 cr. and semiconductor lasers. Semiconductor- members and students. Consult Department
laser-pumped solid-state lasers; microchip for courses to be offered each academic
55400: Solid State Physics lasers. Photon detectors; noise in photo-
(Same as Physics U4500) Crystal structure year. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
dectors. Polarization and crystal optics:
and symmetry; crystal diffraction; crystal
reflection and refraction; optics of aniso-
binding; phonons and lattice vibrations;
tropic media; optical activity and Faraday’s
Graduate Courses Open to
thermal properties of insulators; free Undergraduates
effect; optics of liquid crystals; polariza-
electron theory of metals; energy bands;
tion devices. Electro-optics: Pockel’s and
Fermi surfaces; semiconductors, selected Qualified students may take, with
Kerr effects; electro-optic modulators and
topics in superconductivity, dielectric Departmental approval, any course
switches; spatial modulators; photo-refrac-
properties, ferro-electricity, magnetism.
tive materials. Nonlinear optics: frequency available in the Master’s Program in
Prereq.: Physics 55100 or equivalent, e.g.
mixing and harmonic generation; optical Physics or the first year of the Doctoral
Chem 33200 or Physics 32100 (elective for
solutions. Acousto-optics: interactions of
Physics and Engineering majors). 3 hr./wk.;
light and sound; acousto-optic devices. Programs in Physics. These courses
3 cr. are described in their appropriate
Prereq.: Phys 45300. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
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Faculty Alexios P. Polychronakos, Professor

Dip. E.E., National Technological Univ.
Robert R. Alfano, Distinguished of Athens; M.Sc., California Institute
Professor of Technology, Ph.D.
B.S., Fairleigh Dickinson Univ., M.S.; Alexander Punnoose, Associate
Ph.D., New York Univ. Professor
Joseph L. Birman, Distinguished B.S., Indian Institute of Technology;
Professor M.S., Indian Institute of Science,
B.S., The City College; M.S., Columbia Ph.D.
Univ., Ph.D.; Doc-es-Sciences Myriam P. Sarachik, Distinguished
Timothy Boyer, Professor Professor
B.A., Yale Univ.; M.A., Harvard Univ., A.B., Barnard College; M.S., Columbia
Ph.D. Univ., Ph.D.
Ngee-Pong Chang, Professor David Schmeltzer, Professor
B.S., Ohio Wesleyan Univ.; Ph.D., B.Sc., Hebrew Univ.; M.Sc., Technion,
Columbia Univ. D.Sc.
Harold Falk, Professor Mark Shattuck, Associate Professor
B.S., Iowa State Univ.; Ph.D., Univ. of B.A., Wake Forest Univ., M.S.; Ph.D.,
Washington Duke Univ.
Swapan K. Gayen, Professor Frederick W. Smith, Professor
B.Sc.(Honors), Univ. of Dacca, M.Sc; B.A., Lehigh Univ.; Ph.D., Brown Univ.
M.S., Univ. of Connecticut, Ph.D. Jiufeng J. Tu, Associate Professor
Joel Gersten, Professor A.B., Harvard Univ., A.M.; M.S., Cornell
B.S., The City College; M.A., Columbia Univ., Ph.D.
Univ., Ph.D. Sergey A. Vitkalov, Associate
Daniel M. Greenberger, Professor Professor
B.S., M.I.T.; M.S., Univ. of Illinois, M.S., Moscow Institute of Physics and
Ph.D. Technology; Ph.D., Institute of Solid
Marilyn Gunner, Professor State Physics, Russian Academy of
B.A., SUNY (Binghamton); Ph.D., Univ. Sciences
of Pennsylvania
Michio Kaku, Semat Professor Participating Faculty
B.A., Harvard Univ.; Ph.D., Univ. of
California (Berkeley) Morton M. Denn, Albert Einstein
Ronald Koder, Assistant Professor Professor
B.S., Univ. of Missouri-Columbia, B.S.E. (Ch.E.), Princeton Univ.; Ph.D.,
Ph.D., John Hopkins Univ. Univ. of Minnesota
Joel Koplik, Professor Richard N. Steinberg, Professor
B.S., Cooper Union; Ph.D., Univ. of B.S., SUNY Binghamton; M.S., Yale
California (Berkeley) Univ., Ph.D.
Matthias Lenzner, Associate
Professor Professors Emeriti
M.S., Friedrich-Schiller-Univ.; Ph.D., Adolf Abrahamson
Jena Germany
Michael Arons
Michael S. Lubell, Professor
Robert Callender
A.B., Columbia Univ.; M.S., Yale Univ.,
Ph.D. Herman Z. Cummins
Hernan Makse, Professor Erich Erlbach
Licenciatura (Physics), Univ. of Buenos Martin Kramer
Aires; Ph.D., Boston Univ. Seymour J. Lindenbaum
Carlos Andres Meriles, Associate Marvin Mittleman
Professor Martin Tiersten
B.Sc., FaMAF,Universidad Nacional de
Cordoba,Argentina, Ph.D.
V. Parameswaran Nair, Professor and
B.S., Univ. of Kerala; M.Sc., Syracuse
Univ., Ph.D.
Vladimir Petricevic, Professor
Dipl. EE., Univ. of Belgrade; M.S.
Miami Univ.; Ph.D., CUNY