Courses Offered 2022-2023

Fall Term

Astronomy 9305R: Stellar Photospheres

Description:  

Pre- reqs : Astronomy 9610 (co-requiste); Astonomy 9505 recommended;  

Course Time: Tu/Th 10am-11:30am first class Nov 1

Weight: 0.25
Instructor: S. Metchev

Astronomy 9505Q: Python Boot Camp

Description:  Intensive one week crash course into the world of scientific programming with Python. This course covers the fundamentals of Python programming - scientific mathematical operations, control structures, functions, scientific libraries (numpy), file handling, and basic plotting. Version control (git) will also be covered. Morning sessions will be classic lectures, and afternoon sessions will involve collaborative assignment solving.

This course is a pre-requisite for Radiative Transfer, Stellar Phtotspheres, and Orbital Dynamics.    

Course Time: Sep 6 - Sep 9 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm daily PAB 327

Weight: 0.25
Instructor: D. Vida

Syllabus

Astronomy 9610A: Introduction to Modern Astrophysics

Description:  This course is an intensive introduction to modern astrophysics. It is expected that all entering Astronomy MSc students will take A9610 in their first term of study  (if offered).

Topics: time and coordinate systems; orbits; spectra and radiative processes; the Sun, stars, and stellar evolution; the interstellar medium; the Milky Way and external galaxies; the high-Z universe and cosmology.

This course is a pre-requisite for all other astronomy graduate courses (except where noted).  

Course Time: introductory meeting Mon Sep 12 at 10:30 in PAB 327

Weight: 0.5
Instructor: A. Sigut 

Astronomy 9720A: Galaxies

Decription:   Crosslisted with Astronomy 3303A

Pre- reqs : none. Anti-req Astronomy 3303

Course Time: Tu 9:30-10:30; Th 9:30-11:30

Weight: 0.5
Instructor: S. Gallagher

Physics 9203A: Quantum Mechanics

Tentative offering: course may not be offered if enrolment is too low.

Description:  Formal structure of quantum mechanics. Symmetries, angular momentum theory. Time-dependent perturbation theory. Quantization of the electromagnetic field.

Course Times: M/W/F 10:30-11:30 PAB 141 first class Monday Sep 12

Weight: 0.5
Instructor: M. Houde 

Physics 9660A: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Description: Establish knowledge of the principles and techniques of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). To apply previously learned physics concepts (from electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics) to NMR. To introduce applications of NMR in materials science, chemistry, and medicine.

Course Time: M/W/F 1:30-2:30 

Weight: 0.50
Instructor: A. Ouriadov

Physics & Astronomy Graduate Seminar

Description: The Physics and Astrono my Graduate Seminar is a  requirement for all 1st and 2nd year MSc and Ph.D. students in Physics and Astronomy only. Third and fourth year PhD students are encouraged to attend workshops and participate in the seminar, and will be invited to take up mentorship roles during differen t seminar activities. This is a milestone course.

Weight: Milestone
Instructor: S. Gallagher

Course time: Tuesday 12:30pm - 1:30pm PAB 100

Winter Term

Astronomy 9205S: Planetary Motion

Description: The course will focus on the motion of planets, moons, asteroids, meteoroids and the like in our and other planetary systems, and how telescopic observations are processed to extract the relevant information e.g. on-sky coordinates and plate constants; reference stars; refraction, aberration, optical distortion. Assignments and projects will involve the programming language Python though no initial familiarity with this language is assumed.

Pre- reqs :    none

Course Time: TBA

Weight: 0.25
Instructor: P. Wiegert

Astronomy 9506S: Astro Machine Learning

Description: Project based-course on data mining and machine learning methods applied to problems in astrophysics. Curve fitting, probability distribution parameter estimation, clustering algorithms, neural networks, and Monte Carlo methods will be covered. The Python programming language and the popular machine learning libraries will be used. After a series of introductory lectures, students will submit a short abstract describing the project idea and have several weeks to complete it. Project topics related to thesis research are strongly encouraged but novelty is required. There will be short progress ("stand-up") meetings during the project completion phase, as well as optional daily virtual co-working sessions to facilitate project completion. Final grade = abstract + final presentation.

Pre- reqs :  Astronomy 9505Q Python Boot Camp

Course Time: TBA

Weight: 0.25
Instructor: D. Vida

Astronomy 9702B: Stellar Astrophysics

Description: Crosslisted with Astronomy 4101B

Topics: 

Course Times: TBA

Weight: 0.5
Instructor: M. Houde

Physics 9610B: Fundamentals of Physics

Description: Physics is built on several core pillars. A professional physicist must have knowledge of these fundamental theories beyond the undergraduate level. The course provides an in-depth survey of Classical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics, and Electrodynamics. These core areas are the foundational material necessary to be prepared for the Department's Ph.D. comprehensive examination.

Course Times: TBA

Weight: 0.5
Instructor: M. Houde/O. Trichtchenko/C. Denniston/G. Fanchini 

Physics 9028T: Basic Data and Error Analysis

Description: The goal of this course is to establish a high level of mastery in basic data and error analysis. The goal of this course is not to provide students an introduction to a wide range of advanced techniques in data and error analysis. Students completing this course will possess the required tools to publish, present, and correctly defend their results.

Course Time:  TBA

Weight: 0.25
Instructor: B. Chronik

Physics 9404B: Statistical Physics

Description: Given the very diverse backgrounds that students attending 9404A will have, we will first
quickly go over the basics of classical thermodynamics, as delivered in the instructor's
version of the earlier course “Introduction to Thermal Physics” (which has been delivered
with various numerical listings, including 343 and 3400). The earlier chapters will be
covered at a relatively fast pace, in view of their review nature. Discussions will include
diffusion, viscosity and surface tension, as well as traditional heat engines and heat
pumps and the four laws of thermodynamics. The pace will slow as we start development
of the Partition Function. Then we will move on to more complex applications of the
Partition Function, including diatomic and polyatomic molecules, imperfect gases and the
Van der Waals equation. Further material may be entertained, depending on how fast we
progress. Applications in various areas will be given including chemistry, optics, and
medicine.

Course Time:  TBA

Weight: 0.5
Instructor: C. Denniston

Physics 9811S: Condensed Matter Physics 

Topics: Crystal structure; crystal binding; phonons and lattice vibrations. Electrons in solids. Energy bands; semiconductors; superconductivity. Magnetic properties.

Course Time:  TBA

Weight: 0.25
Instructor: G. Fanchini

Physics 9825T: Surface Science 

Topics: Thermodynamics. Surface structure, relaxation, reconstructions, defects , 2D lattices. Physics of Ultrahigh vacuum, adsorption, desorption, diffusion, deposition methods, film growth, and epitaxy . Semiconductor, oxide surfaces; heterogeneous catalysis. Photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS); scanning Auger microscopy; Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM); Ion scattering spectroscopy (LEIS, MEIS, RBS, ERD); Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry; Local surface imaging (STM, SPM); Vibrational Spectroscopies (FTIR, Raman). Focused Ion Beam (FIB); e-beam lithography.

Course Time:  TBA

Weight: 0.25
Instructor: L. Goncharova

Physics & Astronomy Graduate Seminar

Description:  The Physics and Astrono my Graduate Seminar is a  requirement for all 1st and 2nd year MSc and Ph.D. students in Physics and Astronomy only. Third and fourth year PhD students are encouraged to attend workshops and participate in the seminar, and will be invited to take up mentorship roles during differen t seminar activities. This is a milestone course.

Weight: Milestone

Instructor: S. Gallagher

Course time: TBD

 

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9001: Comprehensive Examination

Description: A required examination for PhD candidates which allows them to demonstrate that they have mastered an adequate level of general knowledge in fundamental physics and are adequately prepared to pursue their PhD research work in their chosen sub-field. It consists of two components: a written exam to test problem solving ability, and the development of a research proposal both as a written document and an oral presentation followed by an oral examination. The entire exam must be passed in order to continue in the PhD program. The written part is normally taken at the beginning of the third term of PhD registration. This exam tests the student's knowledge of physics in the areas of classical mechanics, electricity & magnetism, quantum mechanics, and thermodynamics & statistical mechanics. If necessary, a second attempt is allowed at the end of the third term of study. The written research proposal is due at a specified time after passing the written comprehensive examination. Non-credit requirement.

9005: Mathematical Methods of Physics

Description: A course designed to give the student a working knowledge of the methods most commonly used in solving physical problems.

Hours:  3 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9012: Fundamentals of Computation

Description: This course will provide students with the computing background necessary for successful research in (Astro)physics. Several high-level languages will be used. The course will cover the use of libraries, debugging and verification, modularization, documentation and testing, and will also introduce advanced topics including optimization and precision. Emphasis will be placed on `best practices' for scientific computing.

9029: Data and Error Analysis

Description: The goal of this course is to establish a high level of mastery in basic data and error analysis. The goal of this course is not to provide students an introduction to a wide range of advanced techniques in data and error analysis. Students completing this course will possess the required tools to publish, present, and correctly defend their results.

Hours:  3 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9031. Current Topics.

Description: Topic varies.

Hours:  2 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9059: Physics Graduate Seminar

Description: Oral presentation of recent developments in the student's area of research. Non-credit requirement.

Hours:  2 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9203: Quantum Mechanics

Description: Formal structure of quantum mechanics. Symmetries, angular momentum theory. Time-dependent perturbation theory. Quantization of the electromagnetic field.

Hours:  3 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9302: Classical Electrodynamics

Description: Topics include Maxwell's equations, wave propagation, radiating systems (multipole expansion, Lienard-Wiechart potentials), covariant formulation of electromagnetism. The material covered allows for the discussion and analysis of important examples directly related to important physical phenomena such as Faraday rotation, plasma physics, magnetohydrodynamics, and synchrotron and bremsstrahlung radiation.

Hours:  3 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9315: Plasma Physics

Description: Basic plasma concepts and introductory topics in the theory of highly ionized gases, including cross-sections, transport, waves, and thermonuclear fusion.

Hours:  3 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9332: Advanced Topics

Description: Topic varies

Hours:  2 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9365: General Relativity I

Weight: 0.5

9366: General Relativity II

Weight: 0.5

9404: Statistical Physics

Description: Fundamentals of statistical mechanics, theory of ensembles; quantum statistics; imperfect gases, special topics.

Hours:  3 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9515: The Study of Nanomaterials and Nanostructures

Description: This course is intended for an interdisciplinary audience. We cover the electronic, optical, magnetic, and superconducting properties of nanomaterials and nanostructures. Examples of nanomaterials are semiconductor nanostructures (quantum dots, quantum wires), carbon-based nanomaterials (graphene, carbon nanotubes), nanocrystals, nanofibers, nano-waveguides, metamaterials, photonic crystals, biomedical nanomaterials, etc. We discuss the underlying principles and applications of the emerging field of nanomaterials and nanostructures. Scientific principles, theory, and experiments relevant at the nanoscale dimensions are presented. Finally, we discuss current and future nanotechnology applications in engineering, electronics, optoelectronics, photonics, plasmonics, polaritonics, nano-optics, quantum computing, and medicine.

Hours:  2 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9518: Many Body Theory

Description: Second quantization and Green's functions in condensed matter physics, decoupling approximations, diagrammatic perturbation theory.

Hours:  2 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9524: Molecular Symmetry and Spectroscopy

Description: This course is intended to provide the student with a thorough introduction to molecular spectroscopy. The emphasis will be on understanding molecules and their spectra by making use of their symmetry (more precisely the symmetry of the Hamiltonian) for problem-solving. The necessary tools will be developed to explain the electronic, vibrational, and rotational spectroscopy of simple molecules. We will concentrate on situations involving interactions between gas-phase molecules and weak electromagnetic radiation.

Hours:  3 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9601: Planetary Image Interpretation (Combined with GL 9557)

Description: This course will introduce students to the processes and products of impact cratering on Earth and throughout the Solar System, including: impact cratering processes; the threat; the products of impact cratering; the effects of impact cratering as destructive and beneficial; techniques and research methods; comparative case studies of various impact structures

This course will feature weekly lectures, student presentations, hands-on laboratories, and a field trip to the Sudbury impact structure.

Hours:  3 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9610: Foundations of Physics

Description: Physics is built on several core pillars. A professional physicist must have knowledge of these fundamental theories beyond the undergraduate level. The course provides an in-depth survey of Classical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics, and Electrodynamics. These core areas are the foundational material necessary to be prepared for the Department's Ph.D. comprehensive examination.

Hours:  3 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9640: Biomedical Ultrasound

Description: Fundamental physics and instrumentation of biomedical ultrasound imaging presented at a level suited to graduate students performing thesis research in ultrasound imaging. The course will encourage students to develop a unified conceptual and mathematical understanding of ultrasound imaging and will emphasize the use of computer simulation to illustrate and extend key concepts. Topics covered will include physical acoustics, beam and image formation, coherent speckle, and blood-flow and tissue-motion estimation.

Hours:  3 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9655: Radiological Physics

Description: Instrumentation, apparatus, and methods.

Hours:  2 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9660: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Description: Establish knowledge of the principles and techniques of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). To apply previously learned physics concepts (from electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics) to NMR. To introduce applications of NMR in materials science, chemistry, and medicine.

Hours:  2.5 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9661: Magnetic Resonance Imaging System Fundamentals

9720: Atmospheric Physics

Description: An introduction to the basic physical mechanisms involved in atmospheric phenomena such as the aurora, gravity waves, atmospheric electricity, greenhouse effect, and the ozone layer. Emphasis is also given to a basic understanding of the various "layers" into which the atmosphere and upper atmosphere are divided

Hours:  3 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9721: The Upper Atmosphere

Description: Selected topics pertaining to the upper atmosphere.

Hours:  2 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9722: The Middle Atmosphere

Description: Selected topics pertaining to the upper atmosphere.

Hours:  2 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9723: Atmospheric Waves & Turbulence

Description: This course will cover atmospheric dynamics associated with wave and turbulence motions. It will begin by examining simple concepts like the hydrostatic equation, then move to the Navier Stokes equation with gravity, Earth's rotation and various other forcings involved. We will deal mainly with the non-hydrostatic equations, although they may occasionally simplify the equations to Boussinesq and Anelastic. We will consider Reynold's stresses and their relevance to both waves and turbulence. Motions on various scales will be considered, from gravity waves to tides to high- and low- pressure systems, frontal systems and the impact of the jet stream. Further topics will include Rossby and Kelvin waves, and atmospheric tides. We will study these phenomena at all altitudes from the lower troposphere through the stratosphere and into the mesosphere.

9724: Antenna and Radar in Physics

Description: An overview of antenna/radar theory and application in Physics and Astronomy. To begin, we will overview Maxwell's equations as they apply to antennas, waveguides, plasmas, and propagation media. Then we will move to pragmatic applications relating to the design and construction of these devices in the real world. Following this, the course will turn to data acquisition and signal processing, with particular examples from atmospheric radar, satellite radar and astronomy. The impact of noise will be specially addressed. Applications in the medical field will also be demonstrated. Specific examples of applications include aperture synthesis, synthetic aperture, interferometry, antenna matching, super-heterodyne systems, Near and Far-field diffraction, Antenna coupling, NEC modeling, transmission lines, coaxial cables, VSWR, Polarization, Faraday Rotation, Stokes parameters, Radar Calibration, Noise suppression, Digitization, In-phase and Quadrature signals, special filters (comb filters etc.), VLBI, Transmitters, and radio scatter theory, among others.

9807: Fluid Dynamics

Description: A course to introduce the basics of fluid dynamics, including the Euler equation, potential flow, Stokes flow, and the Navier-Stokes equation.

Weight: 0.5

9810: Optics and Photovoltaics

Description: The Objective of this course is to provide the student with a solid background in the optical properties of condensed matter in the solid-state. Special emphasis is placed on photovoltaic materials, able to generate an electrical current from absorbed light. The course is divided in two parts. The first part of the course discusses the optical properties of materials having different electronic structures (metallic, semiconducting and insulating) and degrees of order (crystalline, micro/nanocrystalline and amorphous). Optical transitions in solids are introduced from quantum-mechanical arguments. Experimental techniques for measuring the optical properties in solids will also be presented. The second part of the course focuses on photoactive and photovoltaic materials. A number of such materials are introduced classifying them from their valence electronic structure. Different types of architectures for photovoltaic devices (including planar solar cells, thin-film solar cells and bulk hetherojunctions) are discussed in light of specific optical properties of these materials.

9812: Condensed Matter Physics

Description: Crystal structure; crystal binding; phonons and lattice vibrations. Electrons in solids. Energy bands; semiconductors; superconductivity. Magnetic properties.

Hours:  2 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9814: Scattering Techniques

Description: This course will cover the theory and applications of a range of scattering techniques for the study of structure and dynamics in condensed matter. Experimental implementation and data analysis techniques will also be discussed.

9826: Surface Science (Former P526a/b)

Description: Thermodynamics. Surface structure, relaxation, reconstructions,  defects , 2D lattices. Physics of Ultrahigh vacuum, adsorption, desorption, diffusion, deposition methods, film growth, and  epitaxy Semiconductor, oxide surfaces; heterogeneous catalysis.  Photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS); scanning Auger microscopy; Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM); Ion scattering spectroscopy (LEIS, MEIS, RBS, ERD); Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry; Local surface imaging (STM, SPM);  Vibrational   Spectroscopies  (FTIR, Raman).  Focused Ion Beam (FIB); e-beam lithography.

Hours:  3 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9827: Physics of Crystal Growth

Description: A brief review of the thermodynamic aspects of liquid-solid phase coexistence will be followed by the consideration of kinetics of crystal growth, including nucleation, microscopic growth laws, diffusion-limited growth and crystallization patterns. Grades will be based on written assignments and a short project due at the end of the term.

Hours:  2 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9828: Introduction to Polymer Physics

Description: (See also 9848) This course will cover basic polymer terminology and structural features of polymers, then continue with light scattering, x-ray analysis, rheology, and polarization microscopy. The different solid states (amorphous, crystalline, glassy, and mixtures), the transitions thereof, and typical polymeric relaxations will be discussed.

Hours:  2 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9847: Topics in Crystal Growth

9848: Basics of Polymer Physics

Description: This course will cover basic polymer terminology and structural features of polymers, then continue with light scattering, x-ray analysis, rheology, and polarization microscopy. The different solid states (amorphous, crystalline, glassy, and mixtures), the transitions thereof, and typical polymeric relaxations will be discussed.

Hours:  2 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9900. Teaching in the Canadian Classroom.

Description: A course designed to help prepare first-time TA's and TA's new to Canada for their teaching duties. The course outlines teaching best practices, provides a pronunciation key of commonly used words for those who require them and shows examples of good teaching in practice. It will focus on laboratory and tutorial teaching techniques.

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Astronomy

9601: Comprehensive Examination

Description: A required examination for PhD candidates which allows them to demonstrate that they have mastered an adequate level of general knowledge in fundamental physics and are adequately prepared to pursue their PhD research work in their chosen sub-field. It consists of two components: a written exam to test problem-solving ability, and the development of a research proposal both as a written document and an oral presentation followed by an oral examination. The entire exam must be passed in order to continue in the PhD program. The written part is normally taken at the beginning of the third term of PhD registration. This exam tests the student's knowledge of physics in the areas of classical mechanics, electricity & magnetism, quantum mechanics, and thermodynamics & statistical mechanics. If necessary, a second attempt is allowed at the end of the third term of study. The written research proposal is due at a specified time after passing the written comprehensive examination. Non-credit requirement.

9601: Solar System and Planetary Astronomy

Description: Topics include planet formation, orbital and dynamical processes in the Solar System, isotopes and cosmochemistry, meteorites, asteroids and comets, planetary interiors, and atmospheres as well as other Solar System processes such as impacts and tides.

This course will introduce students to the processes and products of impact cratering on Earth and throughout the Solar System, including:

  1. impact cratering processes
  2. 2. the threat
  3. the products of impact cratering
  4. the effects of impact cratering – destructive and beneficial
  5. techniques and research methods; 6. comparative case studies of various impact structures.

This course will feature weekly lectures, student presentations, hands-on laboratories, and a field trip to the Sudbury impact structure.

Hours:  3 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9602: Galactic Astronomy

Description: Topics include stellar clusters, stellar motions, galactic structure, local standard of rest, interstellar medium, dark matter, spiral structure, superbubbles, HII regions.

Hours:  3 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9603: Star Formation

Description: Topics include the basic physics and chemistry of the interstellar medium and the current models for low and high mass star formation will be discussed. Special attention will be paid to the observational evidence that supports these models or points to their shortcomings.

Hours:  3 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9604: Galactic and Extragalactic IR Astronomy

Description: Techniques and methods of infrared astronomy, including imaging, spectroscopy, and interferometry with ground- and space-based instrumentation. Application to research in star formation, the interstellar medium, nearby galaxies, and the high-redshift universe.

Hours:  3 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9605: Computational Astrophysics

Description: A project-based course consisting of several computationally-intensive projects. Possible project topics include orbital dynamics, radiative transfer, magnetohydrodynamics, and plasma astrophysics. The astrophysics behind each project topic will be stressed.

Hours:  3 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9606: Fundamentals of Radiative Processes

Description: The fundamentals of radiative transfer, radiative transitions, radiation from moving charges, bremsstrahlung, synchrotron radiation, and Compton scattering.

Hours:  3 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9607: Cosmology

Description: Topics include relativistic cosmological models; background radiation; cosmological implications of nucleosynthesis; baryogenesis; inflation; structure formation; quasars; intergalactic medium; dark matter and energy.

9609: Stellar Structure

Description: Properties of stars. Observational data for determining stellar evolution. Physical processes in stellar interiors. Nuclear processes. Convective and radiative energy transport. Stellar Pulsations and variable stars. Stellar models and evolutionary tracks through all phases. Models of stellar atmospheres. Compact Objects. Brown Dwarfs.

9610: Introduction to Modern Astrophysics

Description: This course is an intensive introduction to modern astrophysics. It is expected that all entering Astronomy MSc students will take A9610 in their first term of study (if offered). Topics include time and coordinate systems; orbits; spectra and radiative processes; the Sun, stars, and stellar evolution; the interstellar medium; the Milky Way and external galaxies; the high-Z universe and cosmology. This course is a pre-requisite for all other astronomy graduate courses (except where noted).

9611. The Interstellar Medium

Description: Introduction to the nature and physics of the interstellar medium. Topics covered include a wide range of microscopic and macroscopic physical and chemical processes that determine the properties, dynamics, and behavior of the interstellar medium. Emphasis on the underlying (astro)physical concepts, and their connections to actual astronomical observations of the interstellar medium.

9612: Fundamentals of Computation

Description: This course will provide students with the computing background necessary for successful research in (astro)physics. Several high-level languages will be used. The course will cover the use of libraries, debugging and verification, modularization, documentation and testing, and will also introduce advanced topics including optimization and precision. Emphasis will be placed on `best practices' for scientific computing.

9613: Planet Formation and Evolution

Description: Topics include the diversity and properties of planetary systems, the formation and dissipation of primordial circumstellar disks, the growth of dust to planetesimals, the formation of terrestrial and giant planets, the properties and evolution of second-generation dusty debris disks, and the dynamics of planets and small bodies in mature planetary systems. Prerequisite: Astronomy 9610, or permission from the instructor.

Hours:  3 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9613: Planet Formation and Evolution

Description: Topics include the diversity and properties of planetary systems, the formation and dissipation of primordial circumstellar disks, the growth of dust to planetesimals, the formation of terrestrial and giant planets, the properties and evolution of second-generation dusty debris disks, and the dynamics of planets and small bodies in mature planetary systems. Prerequisite: Astronomy 9610, or permission from the instructor.

Hours:  3 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9620: Classical Electrodynamics

Description: Topics include Maxwell's equations, wave propagation, radiating systems (multipole expansion, Lienard-Wiechart potentials), covariant formulation of electromagnetism. The material covered allows for the discussion and analysis of important examples directly related to important physical phenomena such as Faraday rotation, plasma physics, magnetohydrodynamics, and synchrotron and bremsstrahlung radiation.

Hours:  3 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9701: Molecular Symmetry and Spectroscopy

Description: A thorough introduction to molecular spectroscopy. The emphasis will be on understanding molecules and their spectra by making use of their symmetry for problem-solving. The necessary tools will be developed to explain the electronic, vibrational, and rotational spectroscopy of simple molecules. We will concentrate on situations involving interactions between gas-phase molecules and weak electromagnetic radiation.

Hours:  3 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9702: Stellar Atmospheres

Description: This course introduces the theoretical and observational foundations required for the study of stellar photospheres. Topics include radiation and radiative transfer, spectroscopy, and observational instrumentation, including spectrographs and detectors.

Hours:  3 lecture hours
Weight: 0.5

9707: Astrophysical Gas Dynamics

Description: This is a graduate-level course covering the application of gas/fluid dynamics to problems of astrophysical interest. Topics include the fluid equations, magnetohydrodynamics, waves and shocks, instabilities, turbulence, gravitation, blast waves, and numerical techniques.

9720. Special Topics

Description: This is a graduate-level course covering the application of gas/fluid dynamics to problems of astrophysical interest. Topics include the fluid equations, magnetohydrodynamics, waves and shocks, instabilities, turbulence, gravitation, blast waves, and numerical techniques.

Hours: 
Weight: 0.5

9802: Water in the Solar System

Description: Evolution, reservoirs, and fate of water in the solar system. The course will involve discussion of topical papers, presentations, paper reviews, and a final manuscript.

9803: Planetary Image Interpretation (now renumbered Planetary Science 9762)

Hours: 
Weight: 0.5

9810: Mars

Description: Topics include Mar's: core and magnetism based on geochemistry and geodynamics; mantle and crust based on meteorite petrology and geochemistry; crust based on volcanology and geomorphology; water-based on petrology, geomorphology, aqueous geochemistry and salts; weather and climate history based on remote sensing; remote exploration including findings based on recent missions using remote sensing and geochemical analysis; potential for life-based on geomicrobiology constraints; moons Phobos and Deimos.

Hours:
Weight: 0.5

Presentation assignments in the form of one-page abstracts, final exam. Taught with Geology 9710.

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