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The University of Oklahoma also has available a catalog of all Undergraduate and Graduate Physics and Astronomy courses

KEY. The last digit of course number is number of credit hours. If last digit is zero, then it is a variable credit hour course. The semester available is shown at the end of the description.

ASTR 5403 High-Energy Astrophysics. Prerequisite: 4303 or permission of instructor. High-energy radiation processes in astronomy: synchrotron radiation, bremsstrahlung, inverse Compton-effect. New wavebands of observation, UV, X-ray and gamma-ray astronomy. Radioastronomy: supernova remnants, pulsars, neutron stars. Radiogalaxies, active galactic nuclei, quasars. Theories of the origin of cosmic rays. (Irreg.)

ASTR 5443 Galactic Astronomy. Prerequisite: 4303 or permission of instructor. Basic properties of galaxies are explored with special focus on the Milky Way. Topics include galaxy classification and morphology, stellar populations, clusters and kinematics, interstellar medium, distributions of mass and light, spiral structure, chemical evolution, systemic rotation and galaxy mass, and distance-determining methods. (Irreg.)

ASTR 5453 Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology. Prerequisite: 3113 or 4303 or permission of instructor. Basic properties of stars. Review of observational tools for extragalactic work. Stellar content and interstellar medium in normal galaxies. Introduction to the theory of Big Bang cosmology. Comparison of observational data to cosmological predictions. The extragalactic distance scale and the age of the universe. Large scale structure: galaxy clusters and superclusters. Active galaxies -- radio galaxies and quasars. (Irreg.)

ASTR 5463 Stellar Atmospheres. Prerequisite: 4303 or permission of instructor. Local thermodynamic equilibrium. Radiative transfer, continuous absorption coefficient and model stellar atmospheres. Atomic and molecular spectroscopy and the quantitative analysis of stellar spectra. Atomic processes and departures from local thermodynamic equilibrium. Extended and expanding atmospheres, novae, supernovae. (Irreg.)

ASTR 5473 Stellar Interiors. Prerequisite: 4303 or permission of instructor. Evolution and energy balance of stars including gravitational attraction, nucleosynthesis, radiative and convective energy, transport and equilibrium, construction of stellar models for pre-main sequence and main sequence stars, and the theory of giants and white dwarfs. (Irreg.)

ASTR 5513 Interstellar Medium. Prerequisite: 4303 or permission of instructor. Processes in low-density media are explored, including the physics relevant to emission line objects such as HII and HI regions, molecular clouds, and active galaxies. Techniques for deriving chemical abundances are explored, as are interstellar absorption by gas and dust and radiation transfer. (Irreg.)

ASTR 5523 Advanced Observatory Methods (slashlisted with 4523). Prerequisite: 2513 and 3103. Techniques of multiwavelength observational astronomy. Includes time and coordinates, physics of astronomical ccds, telescopes, photometry, extinction correction, technical feasibility calculations, optical spectroscopy, and x-ray astronomy. Introductions to gamma-ray, infrared, UV radio astronomy. No student may earn credit for both 4523 and 5523. (Irreg.)

ASTR 5900 Seminar in Astrophysics. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of subject matter; maximum credit nine hours. A research seminar devoted to the study of specialized topics in astronomy and astrophysics. Topics selected will reflect the interest of the instructor and students. (Irreg.)

ASTR 5960 Directed Readings. 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission of department. May be repeated; maximum credit twelve hours. Directed readings and/or literature reviews under the direction of a faculty member. (F, Sp, Su)

ASTR 5970 Special Topics/Seminar. 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Special topics or seminar course for content not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. May include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)

ASTR 5990 Independent Study. 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Contracted independent study for a topic not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. Independent study may include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)

PHYS 5001 Intro to Graduate Research. This is a one credit hour course. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Orientation to the expectations of graduate research. The graduate student's role in research and funding. Career planning. Orientations for departmental and university facilities and procedures. A Faculty Research Seminar series. (F)

PHYS 5013 Mathematical Methods in Physics. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Orthogonal transformations and tensor analysis; partial differential equations and special functions: spherical harmonics, Bessel functions, SHO and hydrogen atom wave functions; theory of complex variables; integral definition of special functions. (F)

PHYS 5153 Classical Mechanics. Prerequisite: 3053 or equivalent. Hamilton's principle, Lagrange's equations, mechanics of particles and rigid bodies, Hamilton's equations, canonical transformations, Poisson brackets. (F)

PHYS 5163 Statistical Mechanics. Prerequisite: 4153 or equivalent. Ensembles and thermodynamics, fluctuations, monatomic crystals, ideal gases, phase equilibrium, chemical equilibrium in ideal gas mixtures, ideal gas in an electric field, Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac statistics, blackbody radiation, electrons in metals. (Sp)

PHYS 5213 Nuclear and Particle Physics (Slashlisted with 4213). Prerequisite: 4803; graduate standing. Basic nuclear structure, nuclear models, radioactivity, nuclear reactions. Particle interactions and families, quark model, weak decays of quarks and leptons. No student may earn credit for both 4213 and 5213. (F)

PHYS 5223 Modern Optics (Slashlisted with 4223). Prerequisite: junior standing. Geometric optics, physical optics, nonlinear optics, optical devices, interference, coherence theory, absorption and emission of light by matter and quantum optics. No student may earn credit for both 4223 and 5223. (Irreg.)

PHYS 5243 Solid State Physics (Slashlisted with 4243). Prerequisite: 4803; graduate standing. Crystal structure, electrons in simple metals, electron band theory, semiconductors, superconductivity, phonons. No student may earn credit for both 4243 and 5243. (Sp)

PHYS 5393 Quantum Mechanics I. Prerequisite: 4803 or equivalent. Topics in nonrelativistic quantum mechanics including the Heisenberg and Schroedinger pictures, Dirac formalism, angular momentum, bound states of spherically symmetric potentials, time independent perturbation theory; potential scattering. (F)

PHYS 5403 Quantum Mechanics II. Prerequisite: 5393. Time-dependent perturbation theory, electromagnetic interactions, spin and angular momentum coupling, symmetry and statistics, density matrix, multiparticle systems. (Sp)

PHYS 5573 Electrodynamics I. Prerequisite: 4183 or equivalent. Topics covered include special relativity; 3+1 and 4-dimensional Maxwell theory; charged particle and electromagnetic field Langrangians; conservation of energy, momentum and angular momentum; delta function sources and Green's function for Maxwell's theory. (Sp)

PHYS 5583 Electrodynamics II. Prerequisite: 5573. Topics include: applications of advanced and retarded Green's functions to time-dependent electric and magnetic dipoles, and acceleration point charges; synchotron radiation; Bremsstrahlung; radiation damping and classical renormalization. (F)

PHYS 5813 Atomic and Molecular Physics (Slashlisted with 4813). Prerequisite: 4803; graduate standing. Hydrogen atom: fine structure and external field effects. Many-electron atoms. Interaction with radiation. Molecular bonding. Spectroscopy of diatomic molecules. No student may earn credit for both 4813 and 5813. (Sp)

PHYS 5910 Problems in Natural Science (Crosslisted with Botany, Microbiology, Zoology 5910). 1 to 2 hours. Prerequisite: admission to candidacy for degree of Master of Natural Science. (F, Sp, Su)

PHYS 5960 Directed Readings. 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission of department. May be repeated; maximum credit twelve hours. Directed readings and/or literature reviews under the direction of a faculty member. (F, Sp, Su)

PHYS 5970 Seminar—Selected Topics in Modern Physics. 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: permission. May be repeated with change of subject matter; maximum credit for master's degree six hours, for doctor's degree 12 hours. (F, Sp, Su)

PHYS 5980 Research for Master's Thesis. Variable enrollment, two to nine hours; maximum credit applicable toward degree, four hours. (F, Sp, Su)

PHYS 5990 Special Studies. Prerequisite: 12 hours of physics, permission. May be repeated with change of subject matter; maximum credit for a master's degree four hours, for a doctor's degree ten hours. (F, Sp, Su)

PHYS 6213 Advanced Particle Physics. Prerequisite: 5213, 5403 or equivalents. The theory and phenomenology of the “standard model” of particle physics which encompasses the electro-weak and strong interactions. Topics will include: symmetries, groups and conservation laws; bound states, quarkonium; Feynman diagrams, QED; QCD; weak interactions; gauge theories. (Irreg.)

PHYS 6243 Advanced Solid State Physics. Prerequisite: 4243, 5403, or equivalents. The physics of metals, semiconductors and insulators. Free electron theory, crystal structure and phonons, electron band theory, semiclassical model, applications to electronic and optical properties of solids, effects of magnetic fields. (Irreg.)

PHYS 6283 Advanced Atomic/Molecular Physics. Prerequisite: 5403, 5813, or equivalents. Calculation and evaluation of electronic wave functions for atoms and molecules via Hartree-Fock and configuration interaction methods; the Born-Oppenheimer approximation and ro-vibrational wave functions; molecular quantum states and group theory; fine and hyperfine structure. (Irreg.)

PHYS 6333 General Relativity. Prerequisite: 5013, 5583. The mathematical and physical basis for the relativistic theory of gravitation; the principle of equivalence; tensor analysis; Einstein's field equations; tests of general relativity; gravitational collapse; cosmology; toward a quantum theory of gravity. (Irreg.)

PHYS 6433 Quantum Field Theory. Prerequisite: 5403. Canonical quantization of scalar and spinor fields; perturbation theory and Feynman diagrams; renormalization; path integral formulation; renormalization group; gauge fields with selected applications to QED, electro-weak theory and QCD. (Irreg.)

PHYS 6443 Advanced Quantum Field Theory. Prerequisite: graduate standing and 6433. Path integral quantization; renormalization; renormalization group equations; gauge theories of strong and electroweak interactions. (F)

PHYS 6810 Seminar on Atomic and Molecular Collision Dynamics. 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: permission. May be repeated with change of subject matter; maximum credit nine hours. A research seminar devoted to the study of specialized topics in atomic and molecular collisions. Topics selected will reflect the interests of instructor and students. (Irreg.)

PHYS 6821 Seminar on Chemical Physics. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of subject matter; maximum credit nine hours. A research seminar devoted to the study of specialized topics in chemical physics. Topics selected will reflect the interests of instructor and students. (Irreg.)

PHYS 6831 Seminar on Applied Physics. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of subject matter; maximum credit nine hours. A research seminar devoted to the study of specialized topics in applied physics. Topics selected will reflect the interests of instructor and students. (Irreg.)

PHYS 6841 Seminar on Nuclear and Particle Physics. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of subject matter; maximum credit nine hours. A research seminar devoted to the study of specialized topics in nuclear and/or particle physics. Topics selected will reflect the interests of instructor and students. (Irreg.)

PHYS 6851 Seminar on Solid State Physics. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of subject matter; maximum credit nine hours. A research seminar devoted to the study of specialized topics in solid state physics. Topics selected will reflect the interests of instructor and students. (Irreg.)

PHYS 6860 Advanced Topics in Mathematical Methods in Physics. 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: 5013 or permission. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit nine hours. Topics covered will be selected by instructor and announced prior to the term in which it will be offered. The course is intended to offer material currently used in theoretical physics. (Irreg.)

PHYS 6960 Directed Readings. 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Directed readings and/or literature review under the direction of a faculty member. (Irreg.)

PHYS 6970 Special Topics/Seminar. 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit 12 hours. Special topics or seminar course for content not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. May include library and/or research and field projects. (Irreg.)

PHYS 6980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation. (F, Sp, Su)

PHYS 6990 Independent Study. 1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Contracted independent study for a topic not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. Independent study may include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)