# Graduate Courses

- Spring Semester
- Fall Semester

In this course we provide the student with the basic knowledge of electrodynamics, which are necessary to understand the advanced electrodynamics. The electrostatics, magnetostatics, boundary value problems, Maxwell equations, and wave propagations are covered.

This course is intended to improve our understanding of the basic principles and theoretical schemes of quantum mechanics by revisiting the topics covered in undergraduate quantum mechanics with more systematic and advanced mathematical formalism. The basic assumptions, Dirac notation, Hilbert space, Schrodinger equation, harmonic oscillator, angular momentum, spin and identical particles will be discussed.

This course introduces the most important concepts of modern condensed matter physics at the Department of Physics Graduate beginning graduate level. It aims to provide a range of solid-state phenomena that can be understood within an independent particle description. Topics include crystal structure, lattice dynamics, reciprocal space, phonons, solid-state thermodynamics, free and nearly free electron models, kinetic theory and transport, energy band theory, semiconductors physics and devices.

In this intermediate level course of plasma physics, basic frameworks are discoursed for understanding of waves in plasmas, diffusion, collisions and energy absorption, MHD model, nonlinear theories of plasma sheath and shock waves etc. The prerequisite is the undergraduate plasma and beam physics or similar topics.

This course deals with perturbation theory, variational method, scattering theory, quantum statistical mechanics, etc. which are essential to explain many physical phenomena occurring actually in nature.

This course provides the fundamental principles of many-body systems in terms of their physical properties such as heat, free energy, entropy, etc. The power of statistical mechanics lies on its ability to predict statistical behavior of many molecules and the corresponding macroscopic material property changes, including phase transition between gas, liquid, and solid.

This course deals with collective effects in solids arising from interactions between constituents. Topics include electron-electron and electron-phonon interactions, screening, band structure effects, Landau Fermi liquid theory. magnetism in metals and insulators, superconductivity; occurrence, phenomenology, and microscopic theory.

This course aims to teach the introductory phenomenological astrophysics, including galaxies, supernova, black hole, super-dense astrophysical objects, gamma ray burst, gravitational wave detection, and related subjects.

The main purpose of this course is to teach various special topics in computational physics and discuss up to date theoretical and experimental results with students.

Soft matter is a class of materials which include polymers, colloids, surfactants, granular particles, and liquid crystals. The properties of soft matter are complex, but they can be understood in terms of physics. In this course, students will learn advanced topics in soft matter physics. Additionally, selected topic for the term project will be given to each student depending on his/her interests.

This course covers the basics of relativistic quantum field theory. Starting from the Lagrangian formulation of classical fields and the standard method of field quantization, the free quantum fields, method of perturbative approach and Feynman rules are developed. Symmetries and conservations laws are duscussed and the interaction of scalar field and QED are formulated. Higher order diagram, self energy and renormalization are briefly covered.

This course covers advanced topics in plasma physics. Charged particle interactions and plasma instabilities will be discussed. The nuclear fusion science will be covered in the course. The fusion related instabilities, basic and advanced plasma diagnostics, and confinement theory will be discussed. The prerequisite courses are the undergraduate level electromagnetism, and plasma physics.

This course is composed of two parts. Before the midterm, diverse subjects of laser-plasma interactions including the scattering, energy absorption by Bremsstrahlung, particle acceleration, nuclear fusion, terahertz generation, wakefield, and other nonlinear interactions are briefly introduced. After the midterm, specialized lectures are given on the laser-plasma-based particle acceleration and its numerical simulation.