PAP701  Graduate Seminar

4 AU 
In this seminarstyle 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.
This course is mandatory for all PhD and MSc students.

PAP710  Concepts in Statistical Mechanics

4 AU 
A modern treatment of statistical mechanics. Topics covered include foundations of statistical mechanics, classical and quantum multiparticle 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 manybody 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 lightmatter interaction; the experimental signatures of material properties (such as acoustic and optical phonons, and electronic structures); and nearfield scanning imaging techniques used in the structural characterization of nanodevices.

PAP732  Nonlinear Optics

4 AU 
Principles of nonlinear optics, for students with a background in optics. Topics covered include nonlinear optical susceptibility; secondorder nonlinear effects; thirdorder 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 selfcontained 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 EinsteinPodolskyRosen 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 pathintegral 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, meanfield theory of superfluids, renormalization group and the LandauGinzburg 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).
