Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2006

PHYSICS

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers courses and research opportunities leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the special areas of astronomy and astrophysics, atomic and molecular physics, low and medium energy nuclear physics, condensed matter physics, and theoretical particle physics. More detailed descriptions of each of these options will be sent on request. Both experimental and theoretical work are being pursued in all the above mentioned areas except particle physics, where only theoretical research is carried out. Excellent laboratory facilities and library materials are available. A major experimental facility is the six-million volt Van de Graaff accelerator.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the admissions requirements of the Graduate School, the Department of Physics & Astronomy requires graduate applicants to have a sound foundation in undergraduate physics. This foundation will normally include advanced courses in classical mechanics, electromagnetism and quantum mechanics. International applicants may be asked to take the Test of Spoken English (TSE). Applicants are encouraged to take the GRE physics subject exam.

Applicants wishing to apply for financial aid in the form of a teaching assistantship, research assistantship or fellowship must supply letters of recommendation from three individuals familiar with their academic capabilities. Such applicants must also submit a written statement of their interests and background in physics.

Admissions requirements are the same for the M.S. and the Ph.D. programs except that applicants for the Ph.D. must possess an interest in carrying out original research at the advanced level.

All graduate students are expected to demonstrate competence in the core areas of mechanics, electromagnetic theory, quantum mechanics and statistical physics, and breadth in topical areas such as atomic, nuclear, condensed matter, astrophysics, and particle physics. This can be done by passing the appropriate courses and scoring sufficient points on the departmental Cumulative Examination, the tests of which are given five times a year and consist of questions on the above mentioned core areas at both intermediate and advanced levels. Scores of 3, 2, 1, and 0 may be obtained on each question.

Degree Requirements

An M.S. student must accumulate at least ten points on the Cumulative Exam within a continuous two-year period before taking the M.S. oral exam. Plan A or Plan B may be used to satisfy the requirements for the M.S. degree. The M.S. program can include an emphasis on applied physics, and students are encouraged to take courses in related programs such as engineering and biology when such courses satisfy academic objectives. The M.S. candidate must pass a departmental oral exam covering the core course work and the thesis, if one was done under Plan A.

The Ph.D. degree is a research degree granted on the basis of broad knowledge of physics and in-depth study in a specific area leading to a dissertation reflecting original work by the doctoral candidate which is eligible for publication in a refereed journal. The Qualifying Examination for the Ph.D. consists of a written part and an oral part. The periodic Cumulative Exams shall constitute the written portion of the Qualifying Examination. A Ph.D. candidate must accumulate a minimum of 20 points on the exams within a continuous two-year period, with at least ten points being earned at the advanced level, in order to pass the written part of the exam and be eligible to take the oral part of the exam.

Candidates for doctoral degrees may perform their dissertation research work at the Lexington Campus of the University of Kentucky or arrangements may be made to do this work at other institutions or laboratories such as the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the National Astronomical Radio Observatory or other places by special arrangement.

GRADUATE COURSES

PHY 401G SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY FOR ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE, AND HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS (1-4)

PHY 402G ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENTATION AND MEASUREMENTS (SAME AS EE 402G) (3)

PHY 404G MECHANICS (3)

PHY 416G ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM (3)

PHY 417G ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM (3)

PHY 472G INTERACTION OF RADIATION WITH MATTER (SAME AS RM 472G) (3)

PHY 504 ADVANCED MECHANICS (3)

PHY 506 METHODS OF THEORETICAL PHYSICS I (SAME AS MA 506) (3)

PHY 507 METHODS OF THEORETICAL PHYSICS II (SAME AS MA 507) (3)

PHY 520 INTRODUCTION TO QUANTUM MECHANICS (3)

PHY 522 HEAT AND THERMODYNAMICS (3)

PHY 524 SOLID STATE PHYSICS (SAME AS EE 524) (3)

PHY 525 SOLID STATE PHYSICS (3)

PHY 530 EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS: OPTICS AND SPECTROSCOPY (2)

PHY 535 EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS: ATOMIC AND NUCLEAR (2)

PHY 545 RADIATION HAZARDS AND PROTECTION (SAME AS RM/RAS 545) (3)

PHY 546 GENERAL MEDICAL RADIOLOGICAL PHYSICS (SAME AS RM/RAS 546) (3)

PHY 554 FUNDAMENTALS OF ATOMIC PHYSICS (3)

PHY 555 FUNDAMENTAL NUCLEAR PHYSICS (3)

PHY 556 FUNDAMENTAL PARTICLE PHYSICS (3)

PHY 567 INTRODUCTION TO LASERS AND MASERS (SAME AS EE 567) (3)

PHY 570 SEMINAR ON TEACHING PHYSICS (1)

PHY 571 SEMINAR ON TEACHING PHYSICS LABORATORIES (1)

PHY 591 ASTROPHYSICS I - STARS (SAME AS AST 591) (3)

PHY 592 ASTROPHYSICS II - THE GALAXY (SAME AS AST 592) (3)

PHY 600 SELECTED TOPICS IN ADVANCED PHYSICS (2-3)

PHY 611 ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY I (3)

PHY 613 ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY II (3)

PHY 614 QUANTUM MECHANICS I (3)

PHY 615 QUANTUM MECHANICS II (3)

PHY 624 THEORY OF THE SOLID STATE (3)

PHY 625 THEORY OF THE SOLID STATE (3)

PHY 629 NUCLEAR PHYSICS (3)

PHY 630 TOPICS IN NUCLEAR AND INTERMEDIATE ENERGY PHYSICS (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)

PHY 632 STATISTICAL MECHANICS (3)

PHY 639 PHYSICAL PROCESSES IN ASTROPHYSICS (SAME AS AST 639) (3)

PHY 640 GALAXIES AND COSMOLOGY (SAME AS AST 640) (3)

PHY 651 ATOMIC PHYSICS (3)

PHY 716 ADVANCED QUANTUM MECHANICS (3)

PHY 740 GALAXIES AND COSMOLOGY (3)

PHY 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)

PHY 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)

PHY 756 PARTICLE PHYSICS (3)

PHY 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)

PHY 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)

PHY 770 COLLOQUIUM (1)

PHY 781 INDEPENDENT WORK IN PHYSICS (1-9)

PHY 790 RESEARCH IN PHYSICS (3)

PHY 791 RESEARCH IN PHYSICS (5)

AST 591 ASTROPHYSICS I - STARS (SAME AS PHY 591) (3)

AST 592 ASTROPHYSICS II - THE GALAXY (SAME AS PHY 592) (3)

AST 639 PHYSICAL PROCESSES IN ASTROPHYSICS (SAME AS PHY 639) (3)

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