Recommended Courses

Recommended courses for Autumn Semester 2016:

  • Experimental Techniques in Condensed Matter Physics (PHY 8820)
    Instructor: Chris Hammel
    This class will cover experimental methods for studying condensed matter systems. High sensitivity and spatially resolved measurements will be emphasized and applications to studies of properties of electronic spin and ferromagnetic systems will receive particular attention. Spin behavior in solids and principles of magnetism will be presented as a foundation for discussions of spin spectroscopy, dynamics, relaxation and damping, particularly as relevant to novel spin transport phenomena. This will include discussion of basic elements of several widely used techniques for probing condensed matter systems including magnetic resonance, scanned probe microscopy and micromagnetic computations. The course will emphasize discussions of methods of measuring physical phenomena in condensed matter systems with attention paid to achieving microscopic spatially resolved data using highly sensitive methods such as mechanical and optical detection of magnetic resonance. We will also cover experimentation at low temperature and in high magnetic field including approaches for creating the desired experimental environment.
  • MATSCENG 6193.02
    Instructor: Roberto Myers

    • Fundamental magnetic properties
      • Magnetization (M), Applied Field (H), Total Magnetic Field (B)
      • Hysteresis
      • Demagnetizing field and demagnetizing factor (shape anisotropy)
      • Magnetic energy density and self-energy
    • Atomic origins of magnetism
      • Quantum numbers
      • Magnetic moments
      • Bohr magneton
      • Zeeman effect
      • Spin-orbit coupling
    • Theories of magnetism
      • Diamagnetism (Langevin, Van Vleck, and Landau)
      • Paramagnetism (Langevin, Brillouin, Pauli)
      • Ferromagnetism (Weiss, Heisenberg, Stoner)
      • Antiferromagnetism (Weiss, Neel, RKKY)
      • Ferrimagnetism (Weiss, Neel)
    • Domain structure
      • Origin of domains
      • Role of anisotropy
      • Domain wall width
      • Domain wall motion and hysteresis
      • Domain wall pinning
    • Anisotropy
      • Demagnetizing field (shape anisotropy)
      • Exchange anisotropy
      • Total magnetic energy
      • Stoner-Wohlfarth model of hysteresis
      • Superparamagnetism
    • Magnons – spin waves
      • Felix Bloch
      • Kittel
      • Ferromagnets
      • Antiferromagnets
      • Magnon scattering and transport
    • Magnetotransport
      • Anomalous Magneto-resistance
      • Spin-dependent resistivity in ferromagnets
      • Conductivity in transition metals (s-d scattering)
      • Anomalous Hall effect
    • Spin Caloritronics
      • Thermoelectric effects and Onsager reciprocity without spin
      • Thermoelectrics with spin
      • Spin-current and accumulation
      • Spin-transfer-torque effect
      • Spin-dependent thermoelectrics
      • Spin Seebeck effect
      • Magnon-electron drag
      • Magnon-phonon coupling

Past Course Offerings:

  • Introduction to Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
    (Chemistry 7160)
    Instructor: Philip Grandinetti
    Summary: This course is an introduction to nuclear magnetic resonance for students who seek expertise in the fundamentals of nuclear magnetic resonance. Lectures cover theory, instrumentation, and applications in the physical sciences, engineering, and health-related fields.
  • Condensed Matter Physics (PHY 6806)
    Instructor: Rolando Valdés Aguilar
    Summary: This intensive course will provide an introduction into the vast field of condensed matter physics. It will cover traditional and modern aspects of the field by using both theoretical and experimental descriptions. The goal is to be able to understand at a basic level the current research papers, and also to appreciate at the phenomenological level, the importance of condensed matter research in modern technology.
  • Introduction to Spintronics and Nanoscale Magnetism (PHY 8820)
    Instructor: Roland Kawakami
    Summary: This course is aimed at students of experimental condensed matter physics, materials science, and electrical engineering who want to learn about modern topics in spintronics and nanoscale magnetism. The class will discuss recent experimental results and work through the rudimentary theoretical framework to develop a working knowledge of the field.
  • Special Topics—Computational Many Body Theory (PHY 8820)
    Instructor: Nandini Trivedi
    Summary: The objective of this course is to give an integrated view of Interacting Models, Experiments and Theoretical Models, where students are expected to be active participants throughout the course.
  • Principles of Wide-Bandgap Devices (ECE 694.05)
    Instructor: Siddharth Rajan
    Electronic and optoelectronic devices based on Gallium Nitride and its alloys are among the most exciting topics for research and new technology in the semiconductor community. The objective of this class is to introduce students to the advanced solid-state physics and device engineering principles used for the latest wide-bandgap semiconductor devices. At the end of this class, students will have the tools necessary to design and engineer new devices and structures based on III-Nitridesemiconductors. We will focus on III-Nitride devices during this quarter’s offering, though the course is relevant to other semiconductors such as GaAs, InP, ZnO etc.
  • Experimental Magnetism (Phy 880A20)
    Instructor: Chris Hammel
    This course will present experimental aspects of magnetism, with a focus on techniques and tools for measuring, characterizing and imaging magnetic properties of materials.Topics will include: Origins and fundamentals of magnetism; magnetic states of condensed matter including paramagnetism, ferromagnetism, antiferromagnetism and ferrimagnetism; magnetic imaging and characterization techniques such as scanned probe microscopy, optical imaging and various types of magnetometry; magnetic resonance techniques: spectroscopy, spin dynamics and magnetic resonance imaging; topics in contemporary magnetism
  • Condensed Matter Physics II (Phy 880.06)
    Instructor:    Prof. Nandini Trivedi
    Condensed Matter Physics is a three-quarter sequence of graduate-level courses taught from a modern perspective. I will emphasize how in a system of many interacting particles new phases of matter emerge, their spontaneously broken symmetries, collective modes and phase transitions.
  • Solid State Chemistry (Chem 754)
    Instructor: Prof. Patrick Woodward
    This course covers the basics of structure, bonding and properties of functional inorganic solids.  It is accessible to students from a range of disciplines.  Although some knowledge of upper undergraduate level inorganic chemistry is useful, basic knowledge of 1st year chemistry is the only prerequisite.
  • Bio/Nanotechnology & Biomimetics (ME 837)
    Instructor: Bharat Bhushan
    This course will provide a basic working knowledge of bio- & nanotechnology and biomimetics. It will start with an Introduction to Bio- & Nanotechnology followed by an Introduction to Nanocharacterization Techniques, Principles of Nanotribology and Nanomechanics, Nanotribology and Nanomechanics of MEMS/NEMS and BioMEMS/BioNEMS Materials and Devices and ends with an overview and research examples of Biomimetics.
  • Surfaces and Interfaces of Electronic Materials (Physics 880.J20 or ECE 736)
    Instructor: Leonard J. Brillson