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The objective of graduate work in physics is to prepare the student for continued professional and scholarly development as a physicist. The Physics MS Degree Programs are designed to give the student advanced training in all fundamental areas of physics through formal courses and the options of some degree of specialization or participation in original research in one of a variety of projects directed by the faculty.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Physics and Applied Physics Program combines the traditional elements of a science doctoral program with courses in specifically applied topics and internship in a technological environment. It is designed to produce highly trained professionals with a broad perspective of the subject which may prepare them equally well for careers in academia or government or industry. Current research in the department is predominantly in the areas of condensed matter physics, materials science, astro physics, space physics and high-energy physics and includes a wide range of theoretical work in solid state physics and experimentation in laser physics, optics, positron physics, nano-bio physics, solid state and surface physics, and high-energy physics.
For unconditional admission to the Master of Science program in physics, the candidate must satisfy the general admission requirements of the Graduate School, including a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School and favorable letters of recommendation from individuals able to assess the applicant's potential for success in a Masters program. In addition, the candidate should have satisfactorily completed at least 24 undergraduate hours of advanced physics and supporting courses and should have minimal GRE scores of 350 in Verbal, and 650 in Quantitative.
For unconditional admission to the Doctor of Philosophy program, an applicant must have a master's degree or 30 semester hours of graduate credit in physics or a related field and satisfy the general admission requirements of the Graduate School, including a minimum graduate coursework GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School and favorable letters of recommendation from individuals able to assess the applicant's potential for success in a Ph.D. program. In addition, the applicant should have minimal GRE scores of 350 in Verbal, and 650 in Quantitative.
Applicants not meeting the minimum requirements of the department or the Graduate School for either program may still be considered for unconditional acceptance if other information in their application indicates a reasonable probability of success in graduate studies in physics.
If an applicant does not meet a majority of standards for unconditional admission outlined above, they may be considered for probationary admission after careful examination of their application materials. Probationary admission requires that the applicant receive a B or better in their first 12 hours of graduate coursework at UTA.
A deferred application decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate. An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.
A candidate may be denied admission if he or she have less than satisfactory performance on the admission criteria described above.
Students who are admitted will be eligible for available scholarship and/or fellowship support. Award of scholarships or fellowships will be based on consideration of the same criteria utilized in admission decisions. To be eligible, candidates must be new students coming to UTA in the Fall semester, must have a GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours plus any graduate credit hours as calculated by the Graduate School, and must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours of coursework in both long semesters to retain their fellowships.
A minimum of 30 hours is required for the Master of Science degree, of which 24 hours, including a six hour thesis (minimum registration), will be in physics, and six hours may be selected from physics, mathematics, chemistry, geology, biology, or engineering as approved by the Graduate Advisor.
Each candidate must complete the following program requirements:
The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.
An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.
Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)
PHYS5193- READINGS IN PHYSICS (1 - 0)Conference course. May be repeated for credit.
PHYS5194- RESEARCH IN PHYSICS (1 - 0)Conference course with laboratory. May be repeated for credit.
PHYS5294- RESEARCH IN PHYSICS (2 - 0)Conference course with laboratory. May be repeated for credit.
PHYS5305- CHAOS AND NONLINEAR DYNAMICS (3 - 0)Introduction to basic principles and concepts of chaos theory and their applications in diverse fields of research. Topics include chaotic and non-chaotic systems, stability analysis and attractors, bifurcation theory, routes to chaos and universality in chaos, iterated maps, Lyapunov exponents, fractal dimensions, multifractals, hamiltonian chaos, quantum chaos, controlling chaos, self-organized systems, and theory of complexity.
PHYS5306- CLASSICAL MECHANICS (3 - 0)General principles of analytical mechanics, the kinematics of rigid bodies, canonical transformation, Hamilton-Jacobi theory.
PHYS5307- QUANTUM MECHANICS I (3 - 0)Matrix formulation, theory of radiation, angular momentum, perturbation methods.
PHYS5308- QUANTUM MECHANICS II (3 - 0)Approximate methods, symmetry and unitary groups, scattering theory.
PHYS5309- ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY I (3 - 0)Boundary value problems in electrostatics and magnetostatics, Maxwell's equations.
PHYS5310- STATISTICAL MECHANICS (3 - 0)Fundamental principles of statistical mechanics, Liouville theorem, entropy, Fermi-Dirac distribution, Bose-Einstein distribution, Einstein condensation, density matrix, quantum statistical mechanics, kinetic methods, and transport theory.
PHYS5311- MATHEMATICAL METHODS IN PHYSICS I (3 - 0)Algebraic and analytical methods used in modern physics. Algebra: matrices, groups, and tensors, with application to quantum mechanics, the solid state, and special relativity. Analysis: vector calculus, ordinary and partial differential equations, with applications to electromagnetic and seismic wave propagation.
PHYS5312- MATHEMATICAL METHODS IN PHYSICS II (3 - 0)Continuation of PHYS 5311 with a selection from the following topics. Algebra: matrix representations of the symmetric and point groups of solid state physics, matrix representations of the continuous groups O(3), SU(2), SU(3), SL(2,C), general covariance. Analysis: further study of analytic functions, Cauchy's theorem, Green's function techniques, orthogonal functions, integral equations.
PHYS5313- ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY II (3 - 0)Modern tensorial treatment of classical electrodynamics, force on and field of a moving charge, derivation and application of 4-vector potential, Maxwell's equations in tensor form, field momentum and radiation.
PHYS5314- ADVANCED OPTICS (3 - 0)Electromagnetic wave equations, theory of diffraction, radiation scattering and dispersion, coherence and laser optics. Additional advanced topics of current interest.
PHYS5315- SOLID STATE I (3 - 0)Crystal structure, lattice vibration, thermal properties, and band theory of solids.
PHYS5316- SOLID STATE II (3 - 0)Electrical and magnetic properties of crystalline solids, magnetic resonance, and optical phenomena.
PHYS5317- STATISTICAL MECHANICS II (3 - 0)Methods in applied statistical mechanics. Topics may include fluctuations and critical phenomena, the Ising model, the master equation, transport in solids, and chaos.
PHYS5319- MATHEMATICAL METHODS IN PHYSICS III (3 - 0)Numerical methods for applied physics; computer techniques, numerical differentiation, integration, interpolation, extrapolation; differential equations, integral equations, statistical analysis; scientific computer library; artificial intelligence programming.
PHYS5320- QUANTUM MECHANICS III (3 - 0)Quantum theory of radiation; relativistic equations; elements of quantum field theory; symmetries and gauge theories. Applications in elementary particle physics and solid-state physics.
PHYS5325- INTRODUCTION TO ELEMENTARY PARTICLES I (3 - 0)An overview of particles and forces. Particle detectors and accelerators. Invariance principles and conservation laws. Standard model. Electromagnetic, weak, strong, and unified interactions.
PHYS5326- INTRODUCTION TO ELEMENTARY PARTICLE PHYSICS II (3 - 0)Systematics of the quark model; the fundamental interactions of elementary particles; spin and relativistic kinematics; Dirac Equation; the standard electroweak model.
PHYS5328- SURFACE PHYSICS (3 - 0)Experimental and theoretical methods for the study of solid surfaces. Geometric and electronic structure of metals and semiconductors. Surfaces as model systems of reduced dimensionality. Adsorption phenomena and film growth.
PHYS5330- PHYSICS OF SEMICONDUCTOR PROCESSING AND CHARACTERIZATION (3 - 0)Selection from the following topics: physics of crystal growth, lattice defects, impurity diffusion, ion-implantation, thin film growth and plasma etching. Physics of characterization techniques utilizing resistivity, carrier mobility and lifetimes, electrons, x-rays, ions, Rutherford backscattering, neutron activation analysis, positron annihilation spectroscopy, deep-level transient spectroscopy.
PHYS5381- MECHANICS & HEAT FOR TEACHERS (3 - 0)This course is intended for students who wish to achieve a higher level of knowledge and effectiveness in fundamental physics (not available for M.S. or Ph.D. credit in Physics). Topics include: 1) Newton's laws of motion, gravitation, and planetary motion; 2) the basic laws of thermal and statistical physics; 3) oscillatory motion including waves and sound. Replaceable experiments will be demonstrated throughout the course.
PHYS5382- ELECTROMAGNETISM FOR TEACHERS (3 - 0)This course is intended for students who wish to achieve a higher level of knowledge and effectiveness in fundamental physics (not available for M.S. or Ph.D. credit in Physics). Topics include: 1) Static charges, current flow, electric and magnetic fields; 2) simple DC/AC electrical circuits including examples from household circuit and practical electronic devices; 3) light and optics including examples such as cameras, microscopes and telescopes. Replaceable experiments will be demonstrated throughout the course.
PHYS5383- MODERN PHYSICS FOR TEACHERS (3 - 0)This course is intended for students who wish to achieve a higher level of knowledge and effectiveness in fundamental physics (not available for M.S. or Ph.D. credit in Physics). Topics include: 1) Introduction to special relativity and quantum theory; 2) light and radiation; 3) applications to modern electrical devices; 4) nuclear and particle physics.
PHYS5385- PHYSICS LAB TECHNIQUES FOR TEACHERS (0 - 3)This course is intended for students who wish to achieve a higher level of knowledge and effectiveness in fundamental physics (not available for M.S. or Ph.D. credit in Physics). Experiments demonstrating various topics are covered. Experiments include gravitational acceleration heat flow, harmonic motion, sound, electric magnetic fields, electric circuits, optic, x-rays and nuclear radiation.
PHYS5391- SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHYSICS (3 - 0)Topics in physics, particularly from areas in which active research is being conducted, are assigned to individuals or small groups for intensive investigations. May be repeated for credit.
PHYS5393- READINGS IN PHYSICS (3 - 0)Conference course. May be repeated for credit.
PHYS5394- RESEARCH IN PHYSICS (3 - 0)Conference course with laboratory. May be repeated for credit.
PHYS5398- THESIS (3 - 0)
PHYS5694- RESEARCH IN PHYSICS (6 - 0)Conference course with laboratory. May be repeated for credit.
PHYS5698- THESIS (6 - 0)
PHYS6301- METHODS OF APPLIED PHYSICS I--ELECTRONICS (3 - 0)The analysis and design of electronic circuits for use in the laboratory. Transistors and integrated circuits in analog instrumentation. Digital logic. Information theory and signal processing.
PHYS6302- METHODS OF APPLIED PHYSICS II--COMPUTERS IN PHYSICS (3 - 0)Applications of computers in physics. Acquisition and analysis of experimental data. Vector and parallel processing, image processing, simulation.
PHYS6303- METHODS OF APPLIED PHYSICS III--SPECTROSCOPY (3 - 0)The principles (interactions, cross-sections, elastic and inelastic scattering, diffraction, coherence), the methodologies (sources, detectors, visualization), and applications (structure, dynamics, composition, excitations) of neutral and charged particle spectroscopies to condensed matter physics and materials science.
PHYS6304- APPLIED PHYSICS INTERNSHIP (3 - 0)Applied physics and engineering research and training in industry or other science or engineering departments of U.T. Arlington or other institutions requiring applied physicists. Faculty supervision and submission of technical progress reports required.
PHYS6391- SELECTED TOPICS IN APPLIED PHYSICS (3 - 0)Topics chosen from research areas in the Department of Physics or at one of the institutions or corporations participating in the traineeship program in applied physics; emphasis on industrial and engineering applications. May be repeated for credit.
PHYS6399- DISSERTATION (3 - 0)
PHYS6604- APPLIED PHYSICS INTERNSHIP (6 - 0)Applied physics and engineering research and training in industry or other science or engineering departments of U.T. Arlington or other institutions requiring applied physicists. Faculty supervision and submission of technical progress reports required.
PHYS6699- DISSERTATION (6 - 0)
PHYS6904- APPLIED PHYSICS INTERNSHIP (9 - 0)Applied physics and engineering research and training in industry or other science or engineering departments of U.T. Arlington or other institutions requiring applied physicists. Faculty supervision and submission of technical progress reports required.
PHYS6999- DISSERTATION (9 - 0)
DISSERTATION -- See also Mathematical Sciences.
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