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The courses below are graduate-level courses offered by the division. For undergraduate courses, click here. To check the availability and schedule of each course, and instructions about how to register for courses, see the Graduate Course Registration page.

Course Code and Title
AU Course Contents
PAP701 - Graduate Seminar 4 AU
In this seminar-style course, students will attend presentations about recent research topics, given by experts as well as their peers. Students are required to give presentations and participate in discussions. The aim is to improve students' presentation skills, so that they can participate in scientific seminars in a professional manner.
PAP710 - Concepts in Statistical Mechanics 4 AU
A modern treatment of statistical mechanics. Topics covered include foundations of statistical mechanics, classical and quantum multi-particle models, and the physics of quantum fluids.
PAP711 - Graduate Solid State Physics 4 AU
Advanced concepts in the structure and properties of solids, including the cooperative and many-body effects that influence transport, optical and magnetic properties.
PAP716 - Classical Electrodynamics 4 AU
Advanced classical electrodynamics with a focus on the relationship with special relativity. Topics covered include the covariant formulation of Maxwell’s equations; electromagnetic radiation from accelerating charges; and the scattering of electromagnetic waves by charged particles.
PAP721 - Nonlinear Dynamics 4 AU
Concepts and theories of nonlinear dynamical systems, in both the classical and quantum domains. Topics covered include chaotic dynamics; thermodynamics of chaotic systems; Hamiltonian chaos; and quantum chaos.
PAP722 - Particle Physics 4 AU
Introduction to the Standard Model (SM) of particle physics and its theoretical underpinnings. Topics covered include gauge theories; the elementary particle content of the SM; field quantization; and renormalization techniques.
PAP723 - Advanced Numerical Methods for Physicists 4 AU

Numerical solutions of differential equations in classical mechanics, quantum mechanics and electromagnetism.  Monte Carlo methods for statistical mechanics simulation. Optimization and data analysis. Various advanced topics including Quantum Monte Carlo and Density Functional Theory.

PAP731 - Optical Spectroscopic Techniques 4 AU
Principles of optical spectroscopic techniques, with an emphasis on how these techniques are used in research. Topics covered include the theoretical description of light-matter interaction; the experimental signatures of material properties (such as acoustic and optical phonons, and electronic structures); and near-field scanning imaging techniques used in the structural characterization of nano-devices.
PAP732 - Nonlinear Optics 4 AU
Principles of nonlinear optics, for students with a background in optics. Topics covered include nonlinear optical susceptibility; second-order nonlinear effects; third-order nonlinear effects; and ultrafast laser optics.
PAP738 - Advanced Topics in Physics 4 AU
Specialized topics of current interest in physics research. Topics are chosen from a variety of areas, such as atmospheric physics, statistical physics, and computational physics.
PAP739 - Advanced Topics in Applied Physics 4 AU
Specialized topics of current interest in applied physics research. Topics are chosen from a variety of areas, such as nanotechnology, spintronics, and photonics.
PAP747 - Spintronics for Information Technology 4 AU
Advanced but self-contained course in magnetics and spintronics technologies, and their applications in hard disk drives and emerging magnetic random access memory devices. Topics covered include the fundamentals of magnetism; recent developments in magnetic recording; and recent developments in magnetic random access memory.
PAP777 - Graduate Quantum Mechanics 4 AU
Advanced topics in quantum mechanics. Topics covered include scattering theory; resonances; quantum entanglement; the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox and Bell's inequalities; fermions and bosons; second quantization; principles of quantum field theory; and quantum electrodynamics.
PAP778 - Quantum Field Theory 4 AU
Introduction to quantum field theory (QFT). Topics covered include the path-integral formalism of quantum mechanics and QFT; canonical quantization; Green’s functions and Feynman diagrams in perturbation theory; the application of these concepts to quantum electrodynamics; and selected modern topics in condensed matter physics for which QFT is a useful framework, such as the fractional quantum hall effect, mean-field theory of superfluids, renormalization group and the Landau-Ginzburg theory of critical phenomena.
MPS780/1 Supervised Research I /II 4 AU
Research supervised by a faculty advisor, with weekly consultations (at least 3 hours a week).


The following courses used to be offered by the division, but are currently not offered:
Course Code and Title
AU Course Contents
PAP712 Computer Simulations in Physical Sciences 4AU
Computer simulations and skills for data and error analysis.
[Currently not offered; see PAP723 instead.]
PAP713 - Statistical Mechanics of Protein Folding 4AU
Biophysics of protein folding.
[Currently not offered.]
PAP714 - Frontiers of Modern Physics 4AU
Broad introduction to modern physics.
[Currently not offered.]
PAP715 - Materials Physics 4AU
Broad introduction to the physics of materials.
[Currently not offered; see PAP711 instead.]
PAP717 - Experimental Techniques in Condensed Matter Physics 4AU
Methods used by experimental condensed matter physicists.
[Currently not offered.]
PAP719 - Graduate Seminar Module II
4AU
Seminar course on recent advances in physics research.
[Currently not offered.]
PAP720 - Quantum Field Theory in Condensed Matter Systems 4AU
Quantum field theory and its applications in condensed matter systems, including many body interaction effects.
[Currently not offered; see PAP711 and PAP778 instead.]
PAP733 - Elements of Modern Biophysics 4AU
Advanced course in biophysics.
[Currently not offered.]
PAP751 - Numerical Methods for Fluid Mechanics 4AU
Numerical techniques specialized for problems in fluid mechanics.
[Currently not offered; see PAP723 instead.]
PAP760 - Graduate Communications and Research Methodology 4AU
Seminar-style course in using the scientific literature.
[Currently not offered; see PAP701 instead.]
PAP779 - Macroscopic Quantum Phenomena: from Bose-Einstein Condensate to Superconductivity 4AU
Introduction to macroscopic quantum phenomena: superconductivity, superfluidity, Bose-Einstein condensates (BEC), lasers, and the quantum Hall effect.
[Currently not offered; see PAP711 instead.]