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231 CAP Building
525 Rivers Street
Boone, NC
(828) 262-3090
FAX: (828) 262-2049

Department Chair
Dr. Anthony G. Calamai

Physics Program Coordinator
Dr. Patricia E. Allen

Astronomy Program Coordinator
Dr. Joseph T. Pollock

Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. J. Sidney Clements


Graduate Course Descriptions

PHY 5002.
Applied Physics Literature/(1).F.  An introduction to technical and research journals in the areas of physics, electronics, and astronomy.  Methods and references for use in literature searches, including computer methods, and the preparation of technical papers will be examined.  To be taken fall term of first year.

PHY 5010.
Applied Physics Colloquium/(1).F;S.  Presentation of one research topic is required of all graduate students.  Credit is earned during the semester in which the presentation is made. All graduate students are expected to attend all departmental and other designated colloquia.

PHY 5430.
Digital Systems/(4).F.  A study of digital electronics theory, circuits, and devices of importance to understanding digital systems. Included are algorithmic state machines, MSI & LSI circuits, machine cycles & signals, asynchronous logic, peripheral smart support IC's, PLA, PAL, microcontrollers, and elements of CAD.   Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours.

PHY 5435.
Laboratory Automation/(4).S.  A rigorous, applications-oriented course designed to foster an in-depth understanding of both the hardware and software aspects of laboratory automation.  The IBM-PC is used to control laboratory instruments, collect and analyze data, and plot results.  Topics covered include the use of data acquisition and control cards, RS232-C and IEEE-488 interfacing, coordinated data collection and control, and the use of assembly language to increase speed. State-of-the-art data acquisition languages are used extensively in the laboratory.   Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours.  Prerequisite: PHY 5430 or equivalent.

PHY 5440.
Modern Instrumentation Design/(4).F.  A study of the role of microprocessors and micro-controllers in modern instrumentation.  Students will utilize a hardware/software real time development system in the design and construction of basic instrument systems.  Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours.  Prerequisite: PHY 5430.

PHY 5500.
Independent Study/(1-4).F;S.

PHY 5510.
Physics of Transducers/(4).On Demand.  A study of various transducers commonly employed in instrumentation.  Topics include piezo-electronic, photoelectric, thermoelectric, and electro-optical transducers. Use of transducers for the measurement of pressure, temperature, light intensity, electrical conductivity, radiation level, and acceleration are discussed.  Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours.  Prerequisites: PHY 4640, 5430 or equivalent.

PHY 5520.
Data Transmission and Signal Processing/ (3).F.  A study of local area networks, broad band and base band transmission, optical fiber transmission, analog signal analysis and filtering, and discrete signal processing.  Lecture two hours, laboratory three hours.  Prerequisites: PHY 4620, 5440 or equivalent.

PHY 5530-5549.
Selected Topics/(1-4).On Demand.  An intensive study of a single topic in physics.

PHY 5550.
Directed Research in Applied Physics/(1-3). F;S.  An original research project will be chosen, formulated and executed by the student under the guidance of a faculty member.  Upon completion of the project, a final report will be written in the style and format of a research article.

PHY 5620.
Optics/(4).S.  A study of classical and modern optical phenomena including geometrical, Fresnel and Fourier optics, lasers, fiber optics, and optoelectronic devices.  Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours.  Prerequisite: MAT 3130; Corequisite: PHY 3020.

PHY 5635.
Advanced Microprocessor Interfacing and Robotics/(4).S. A study of digital and analog circuits necessary to interface transducers and robotic manipulative devices to microprocessors.  Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours.  Co-requisite: PHY 4735.

PHY 5640.
Quantum Mechanics/(3).S.  A study of the Schroedinger equation and its solutions for various common potentials.  Prerequisites: PHY 3010, 3210, and MAT 3130.

PHY 5735.
Microcontrollers/(3).S.  An in-depth study of the architecture, programming and interfacing of microprocessors.  Topics to be covered include: introduction to microcontrollers.  architectures. internal hardware (such as timers, serial ports, A/Ds, D/As, I2C), Instruction sets, assembly language programming, interrupt-driven code, and interfacing. Both stand-alone microcontrollers and single-board computers will be used in lab.  Most labs will involve interfacing microcontrollers to devices such as switches, LEDs, keypads, 7-segment displays, LCD Displays, motors, sensors, etc.. Microcontroller simulators and in-circuit emulators (ICE) will be used for debugging.  Lecture: two hours, laboratory three hours.  Prerequisite: PHY 4330 or PHY 5330 or the equivalent. [Dual-listed with PHY 4735.]

PHY 5820.
Medical Physics/(3).F.  A study of the application of the basic principles of physics to a selection of medical topics involving human body characteristics and functions and to instrumentation used to diagnose and treat illness and injury.  Lecture three hours.  Prerequisite: PHY 1104 or 1151. [Dual-listed with PHY 4820.] 

PHY 5900.
Internship/(3-12).F;S.  Supervised work in applied physics in an industrial or other laboratory setting.  Students must obtain approval of the departmental internship coordinator prior to enrolling.  Graded on a S/U basis only.

PHY 5989.
Graduate Research/(1-9).F;S.  This course is designed to provide access to University facilities for continuing graduate research at the master's and specialist's levels.  Graded on a S/U basis. PHY 5989 does not count toward a degree.

PHY 5999.
Thesis/(4-6).F;S.  Course may be repeated for a total of 6 semester hours. Graded on S/U basis.



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