Applied Physics Courses

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Physics as a Foundation for Science and Engineering, Part I

APPHY 50A
2017 Fall
Philippe Cluzel,
Kelly Miller
Tuesday, Thursday
10:00am to 11:59am

AP 50a is the first half of a one-year, team-based and project-based introduction to physics. This course teaches students to develop scientific reasoning and problem-solving skills. AP50a topics include: kinematics; linear and rotational motion; conservation of momentum and energy; forces; gravity;  oscillations and waves. Multivariable and vector calculus is introduced and used extensively in the course. Students work in teams on three, month-long projects, each culminating in a project fair.

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Physics as a Foundation for Science and Engineering, Part II

APPHY 50B
2018 Spring
Eric Mazur,
Federico Capasso
Tuesday, Thursday
10:00am to 11:59am

AP 50b is the second half of a one-year, team-based and project-based introduction to physics. This course teaches students to develop scientific reasoning and problem-solving skills. AP50b topics include: electrostatics; electric currents; magnetostatics; electromagnetic induction; Maxwell's Equations; electromagnetic radiation; geometric optics; and, wave optics. Multivariable and vector calculus is introduced and used extensively in the course. Students work in teams on three, month-long projects, each culminating in a project fair. The twice-weekly class periods are all inclusive: there are no separate labs or discussion sections.

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Introduction to Solid State Physics

APPHY 195
2017 Fall
Donhee Ham
Wednesday, Friday
01:00pm to 02:29pm

The physics of crystalline solids and their electric, magnetic, optical, and thermal properties. Designed as a first course in solid-state physics. Topics: free electron model; Drude model; the physics of crystal binding; crystal structure and vibration (phonons); electrons in solids (Bloch theorem) and electronic band structures; metals and insulators; semiconductors (and their applications in pn junctions and transistors); plasmonic excitations and screening; optical transitions; solid-state lasers; magnetism, spin waves, magnetic resonance, and spin-based devices; dielectrics and ferroelectrics; superconductivity, Josephson junctions, and superconducting circuits; electronic transport in low-dimensional systems, quantum Hall effect, and resonant tunneling devices.

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Electromagnetic Interactions with Matter

APPHY 216
2018 Spring
Jene Golovchenko
Wednesday, Friday
10:30am to 11:59am

This course will focus on how electromagnetic fields and matter interact. Deterministic, statistical, classical, and quantum mechanical considerations will be covered. The course will be useful for experimental and applied physics students in atomic, solid state, optical, chemical, and biophysics.

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Electrical, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Materials

APPHY 218
2018 Spring
Xin Li
Monday, Wednesday
01:00pm to 02:29pm

This course covers the electrical, optical and magnetic properties of several technologically important materials systems. It provides a general introduction of structure-property relations; defect chemistry including Kroger-Vink diagram and charged point defect; ionic conductivity in electrochemical intercalation energy storage materials; optical properties of wide bandgap metal oxides; spin, charge and crystal structure coupling, and their ordering and disordering.

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Introduction to Soft Matter

APPHY 225
2017 Fall
Jennifer Lewis,
Shmuel Rubinstein
Tuesday, Thursday
11:30am to 12:59pm

Introduction to the physics of soft matter, also called complex fluids or squishy physics, includes the study of capillarity, thin films, polymers, polymer solutions, surfactants, and colloids,. Emphasis is on physical principles which scale bulk behavior. Students will understand the concepts, experimental techniques, and, especially, the open questions. Lecture notes are supplied in place of a textbook.

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Chemistry in Materials Science and Engineering

APPHY 235
2018 Spring
Joanna Aizenberg
Tuesday, Thursday
02:30pm to 03:59pm

Select topics in materials chemistry, focusing on chemical bonds, crystal chemistry, organic and polymeric materials, hybrid materials, surfaces and interfaces, self-assembly, electrochemistry, biomaterials, and bio-inspired materials synthesis.

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Computational Design of Materials

APPHY 275
2018 Spring
Boris Kozinsky
Monday, Wednesday
10:00am to 11:29am

This course will teach theoretical background and practical applications of modern computational methods used to understand and design properties of advanced functional materials. Topics will include classical potentials and quantum first-principles energy models, density functional theory methods, Monte Carlo sampling and molecular dynamics simulations of phase transitions and free energies, fluctuations and transport properties, and machine learning approaches. Examples will be based on rational design of industrially relevant materials for energy conversion and storage, electronic and magnetic devices, and nanotechnology.

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Solids: Structure and Defects

APPHY 282
2017 Fall
Frans Spaepen
Tuesday, Thursday
08:30am to 09:59am

Bonding, crystallography, diffraction, phase diagrams, microstructure, point defects, dislocations, and grain boundaries.

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Electron Microscopy Laboratory

APPHY 291
2018 Spring
David Bell
Monday
02:30pm to 03:59pm

Lectures and laboratory instruction on transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Cs corrected, aberration-correction microscopy and microanalysis. Lab classes include; diffraction, dark field imaging, X-ray spectroscopy, electron energy-loss spectroscopy, atomic imaging, materials sample preparation, polymers, and biological samples.

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Quantum Theory of Solids

APPHY 295B
2017 Fall
Eugene Demler
Monday, Wednesday
10:00am to 11:29am

This course presents theoretical description of solids focusing on the effects of interactions between electrons. Topics include Fermi liquid theory, dielectric response and RPA approximation, ferro and antiferromagnetism, RKKY interactions and Kondo effect, electron-phonon interactions and superconductivity.

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Introduction to Quantum Theory of Solids

APPHY 295A
2018 Spring
Efthimios Kaxiras
Tuesday, Thursday
10:00am to 11:29am

Electrical, optical, thermal, magnetic, and mechanical properties of solids will be treated based on an atomic scale picture and using the independent electron approximation. Metals, semiconductors, and insulators will be covered, with possible special topics such as superconductivity.

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Mesoscale and Low Dimensional Devices

APPHY 296
2018 Spring
Donhee Ham
Wednesday, Friday
01:00pm to 02:29pm

Concepts of condensed matter physics are applied to the science and technology of beyond-CMOS devices, in particular, mesoscale, low-dimensional, and superconducting devices. Topics include: quantum dots/wires/wells and two-dimensional (2D) materials; optoelectronics with confined electrons; conductance quantization, Landauer-Buttiker formalism, and resonant tunneling; magneto oscillation; integer and fractional quantum Hall effects; Berry phase and topology in condensed matter physics; various Hall effects (anomalous, spin, valley, etc.); Weyl semimetal; topological insulator; spintronic devices and circuits; collective electron behaviors in low dimensions and applications; Cooper-pair boxes and superconducting quantum circuits.

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Frontier Topics in Molecular Biology

APPHY 298R
2017 Fall
Lene Hau
Monday, Wednesday
09:30am to 10:59am

Students are active participants and presenters in the class, and we will pick topics in molecular biology and single bio-molecule detection and imaging, fields that have seen an explosive development in recent years. Topics can include protein structure and expression, the central dogma of molecular biology, DNA-polymerase and ribosomes, gene engineering, PCR, transformation of cells, CRISPR, super-resolution imaging with fused fluorescent proteins, and nano-pores/ion-channels. The class is primarily aimed at first year graduate students and will be intense and highly interactive so the student number will be limited. If you are interested in this class, please E-mail a brief description of your interests, program of study, year, and research group if applicable to hau@g.harvard.edu (use subject line: AP298r).

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Special Topics in Applied Physics

APPHY 299R
2017 Fall
Federico Capasso

Supervision of experimental or theoretical research on acceptable applied physics problems and supervision of reading on topics not covered by regular courses of instruction.

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Special Topics in Applied Physics

APPHY 299R
2018 Spring
Eric Mazur

Supervision of experimental or theoretical research on acceptable applied physics problems and supervision of reading on topics not covered by regular courses of instruction.

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