William and Mary

Graduate Courses Offered

Course Catalogs and Schedules 

"Not all courses are taught every semester. Please consult the Dynamic Schedule for the most recent list of courses."

557. Careers in Physics

Fall (1) Qazilbash. pass/fail
Presentations and discussions of a wide spectrum of career options for physics graduates. Invited speakers from private enterprises, the public sector, and nonprofit organizations will describe opportunities and experiences in their professions. This course may be repeated fro credit when the instructor determines there will not be duplication of material. No credit towards degree.

600. Independent Study

Course concerning special topics in physics not covered in regular course offerings. This course may be repeated for credit if instructor determines there will be no duplication of material.

601. Classical Mechanics

The mechanics of particles and rigid bodies, methods of lagrangian and hamiltonian mechanics, relativistic mechanics, approximation techniques.

603. Mathematical Physics

Complex variables and analytic functions. Vector spaces (finite dimensional and infinite dimensional), operators and matrix representations.

610. Classical Electricity and Magnetism-I

Electrostatics. Solution of boundary value problems. Green's functions and direct solution of Laplace's equation. Magnetostatics and steady currents. Maxwell's equations and plane wave solutions.

611. Classical Electricity and Magnetism-II

Prerequisite: PHYS 610
Waves inside conducting boundaries. Radiation from simple current systems, spherical waves and multipole radiation. Covariant formulation of electromagnetism. Interaction of radiation with matter.

621. Quantum Mechanics-I

Fall (3) Orginos. Axiomatic development of wave mechanics and the Schroedinger equation in one and three dimensions; wave packets, scattering theory, spin and angular momentum.

622. Quantum Mechanics-II

Spring (3) Aubin. Prerequisite: PHYS 621
Scattering theory; spin; matrix methods; symmetry; perturbation theory and other appoximate methods; identical particles; relativistic wave equations and their applications. 

630. Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics

Prerequisites: PHYS 601, PHYS 621
Statistical ensembles and averages, classical equilibrium, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, quantum statistics, kinetic theory and transport properties.

650. Physics Colloquium

Graded Pass/Fail. This course may be repeated for credit.

651, 652. Teaching Physics

Designed for entering students teaching a lab or tutoring one of our undergraduate courses. Respective faculty will instruct students in relevant ways. Graded Pass/Fail. This course may be repeated for credit.

690. Advanced Topics in Physics

Special topics of current interest. This course may be repeated for credit when the instructor determines there will not be a duplication of material.

690. Nonlinear Dynamics

Topics in nonlinear dynamics, varying from year to year. This course may be repeatedfor credit.

695. Research

This course may be repeated for credit.

702. Advanced Mathematical Physics

Prerequisite: PHYS 603
Differential equations, Green's functions, some hypergeometric functions, group theory, representation of groups.

721. Quantum Field Theory I  

Fall (3) Carone. Prerequisite: PHYS 622
Canonical quantization of scalar, spinor and vector fields; interacting field theories and Feynman diagrams; scattering theory; quantum electrodynamics and introduction to radiative corrections.

722. Quantum Field Theory II

Spring (3) Carone. Prerequisite: PHYS 721
Functional integral quantization of field theories. Quantization of gauge theories. Renormalization. Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking and the Higgs mechanism.

741, 742. Solid State Physics.

Prerequisites: PHYS 622, PHYS 630
Introduction to solid state physics; crystal structure, phonons, electrons, electric and magnetic properties, impurities, elementary excitations, band theory and experiment, correlation function methods.

761, 762. Atomic and Molecular Processes

Prerequisite: PHYS 622
Theory of atomic structure; emission and absorption of radiation; fine and hyperfine structure; coupling schemes. Molecular structure and intermolecular forces; atomic and molecular collisions. Modern applications.

772. The Standard Model of Particle Physics Nuclear and Particle Physics 

Spring (3), Walker-Loud. Prerequisite: Phys 721 Two-nucleon forces and the deuteron; nucleon scattering and polarization; nuclear systematics and models. Unitary symmetry; quarks and leptons, electrodynamics of fermions; weak interactions, QCD, and the standard model. Gauge theory. Electroweak interactions and unification. Quantum Chromodynamics. Particle phenomenology.

773. Advanced Particle Physics Topics in Nuclear and Particle Physics

Fall (3) Prerequisite: PHYS 772
Topics of current interest in strong, electromagnetic and weak interactions. This course may be repeated for credit when the instructor determines that there will not be a duplication of material.

783. Plasma Physics

An introduction to plasma physics and magnetohydrodynamics. Particle orbit theory, macroscopic equations, waves in collisional and collisionless plasmas. Vlasov equation.

784. Advanced Plasma Physics

Prerequisite: PHYS 783
Selected topics such as plasma waves in a magnetic field, waves in a bounded plasma, plasma kinetic theory, and plasma radiation.

786. General Relativity and Cosmology

Introduction to general relativity, tensor analysis, gravitational field equations, gravitationalwaves, Schwarzschild and Kerr solutions, cosmological models, gravitational collapse.

790. Advanced Topics in Physics

Special topics of current interest. This course may be repeated for credit when the instructor determines there will not be a duplication of material. This course may be repeated for credit.

800. Doctoral Dissertation

This course may be repeated.