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This course provides an advanced treatment of a number of topics in modern optics with particular emphasis on topics of industrial and research importance. A brief treatment of geometric optics will concentrate on the design of optical systems. Topics in physical optics may include dispersion in materials, production and properties of polarized light, interference, diffraction in the Fresnel and Fraunhofer limits, Fourier optics, holography and an introduction to quantum optics. Applications of this theoretical background will be made in such areas as fibre-optic transmission, photonic devices, thin film coatings, and electrochromic devices. There will also be some considerations of electro-optical devices such as lasers, charge coupled device detectors, image intensifiers and photodiodes. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours, Laboratory 3 Hours) (Exclusion: PHYS 4401) Monday Wednesday and Friday 10:30 to 11:20AM Sir James Dunn Building 316; Labs Tuesday 14:30-17:20 Sir James Dunn Building 403.
This course studies the various quantized models used to describe the thermal, electrical, optical and electromagnetic properties of solids. It also analyses conductors, semi-conductors and insulators. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours, Laboratory 3 Hours) Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 to 2:20PM Sir James Dunn Building 316.
This course is an introduction to quantum mechanics. To prepare students for the more complicated and realistic examples of atoms and molecules, we will use the Schrödinger Equation to examine the behavior of quantum-mechanical objects as they interact with various model potentials. These simplified 1-D potentials include: an infinite square well, a harmonic oscillator, a free particle, a delta-function, and a finite square well. Formalism is also studied, and the course ends with a brief look at quantum mechanics in three dimensions. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) (Exclusion: Any version of PHYS 3821 previously offered with a different title) Monday Wednesday and Friday 9:30 to 10:20AM Sir James Dunn Building 104.
This course will cover vector analysis, differential and integral calculus as well as solutions of the Poisson and Laplace equations for different electrostatic problems. Certain special techniques such as method of images, separation of variables and multipole expansion are then introduced. Magnetostatics and electric and magnetic fields in matter are also examined leading to the conclusion of this course where Maxwell equations are integrated and applied. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours, Laboratory/Problem Solving 3 Hours) Monday Wednesday and Friday 11:30 to 12:20PM Sir James Dunn Building 104.
This course provides techniques and software tools that assist in the use of computers to enhance work in science. It introduces basic methodology for data manipulation such as error analysis, statistical analysis of data, linear regression, graphing, aspects of simulation, digitization, interfacing and data acquisition. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours, Laboratory 3 Hours) Monday Wednesday and Friday 10:30 to 11:20AM Sir James Dunn Building 308.
In this course the study of free, forced and damped harmonic oscillator is followed by a treatment of discrete coupled oscillators in one dimension. This is then generalized to the study of traveling and standing waves in continuous media. Ideas of Fourier components of signals are introduced. A number of examples will be taken from physical optics, and the topics in this course provide the theoretical basis for understanding modern photonic devices. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours, Laboratory 3 Hours) Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 to 11:20AM Sir James Dunn Building 316.
This algebra based course introduces modern physics. Topics include kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, momentum in one dimension, fluid mechanics, waves and sound, DC circuit electricity, geometrical and physical optics. [Note 1: Students enrolling in Physics 1051 should normally have completed a university preparatory level course in Mathematics.] (Format: Integrated Lecture/Collaborative Learning/Laboratory, 6 Hours) (Distribution: Natural Science a/c) (Exclusion: PHYS 1041) Sir James Dunn Building 308.
This course introduces observational and solar system astronomy. Topics include observational astronomy, celestial mechanics, solar system patterns, theories of origin, radiometric dating, processes which transform planet surfaces, planetary atmospheres, comets, asteroids, meteoroids, and the search for life beyond Earth. It considers extrasolar planetary systems in the context of theories of solar system formation. [Note 1: In addition to daytime lab periods all students will need to be present at a number of night time observing periods at the university observatory.] (Format: Lecture 3 Hours, Laboratory 1.5 Hours) (Distribution: Natural Science-b/c) (Exclusion: PHYS 1001) Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 to 2:20PM Avard Dixon G12.