L31 Physics 593 Introduction to Methods in Physics

Five hours per week of tutorial training in modern experimental and/or theoretical methods in physics. Instruction by faculty members or, with faculty supervision and assistance, by graduate teaching interns who are enrolled in and earning credit for Phys 597-598.A maximum of 3 units of this course may be counted toward the requirement of 36 units of course credit for the Ph.D. degree.

Credit variable, maximum 3 units.

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The Department of Physics offers AM and PhD programs in Physics . Research covers a wide area of experimental and theoretical physics, and benefits from close contacts with nuclear and inorganic chemists in the chemistry department, planetary scientists in the earth and planetary sciences department, applied scientists in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, and biological scientists both on the Danforth Campus and at the School of Medicine. The department is a major participant in the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences and the Institute of Materials Science & Engineering. Experimental research areas include: astrophysics (observations of cosmic rays, gamma rays, X-rays, dark matter detection, high-precision tests of gravity) space sciences (laboratory analysis of meteorites, stardust, interplanetary dust particles) condensed matter and materials physics (graphene and other two-dimensional atomic crystals, quantum information and atomic physics with condensed matter devices, nanostructures, metallic glasses, magnetism and superconductivity, high-pressure physics, nuclear magnetic resonance) biological and biomedical physics (biophysics of the brain, hyperpolarized magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, echocardiography). Theoretical research areas include: biophysics (nonequilibrium dynamics in biological cells) condensed matter physics (strongly correlated electron systems, topological phases, excited states of many-electron systems, density functional theory) elementary particle physics (astroparticle physics, dark matter, theoretical cosmology, strong interactions, non-Hermitian Hamiltonians, quark matter) nuclear theory (nuclear matter, correlations in nuclei). Students are usually admitted to the PhD program rather than to the AM. They spend their first two years taking graduate courses, finding a dissertation adviser, and starting research. During that time they receive a stipend and complete two semesters of mentored teaching experiences. After achieving the required course grades and passing an oral examination at the end of their second year, students are normally paid from research funds while working on their research and writing a dissertation. The PhD program typically takes between five and six years to complete.