The applied physics option is designed to extend knowledge of the principles of pure physics to the development of new technologies. Research in applied physics focuses primarily on problems of technological importance. The interdisciplinary nature of this option allows considerable flexibility in coursework, training and individual research interests to enhance maximum breadth and depth.
Current areas of specialization within applied physics span a wide range of topics such as Photonics including integrated microphotonic and nanophotonic devices, optical meta-materials, and optical approaches to quantum computation and communication; Solid-state materials and device work including nanostructured materials and devices, superconducting devices for quantum computation, wide bandgap semiconductors and heterostructures for optoelectronics, photovoltaics, novel memory devices, and spin-dependent transport; Biophysics including single-molecule-scale studies of the mechanics of DNA, proteins, and their assemblies; Plasma-physics including spheromak plasmas for fusion application, plasma processes occurring in the sun, and the dynamics of pure electron plasmas; Hydrodynamics, nonlinear dynamics and thermal behavior in small scale systems including symmetry breaking in soft condensed matter, micro/nanofluidic, optofluidic, and biofluidic devices, optical trapping in fluids, pattern formation and phase separation in nanoscale films and convection-diffusive phenomena in natural and mimetic systems.
APh Option Requirements
- SEC 10 and one of SEC 11, SEC 12, or SEC 13. SEC 11-13 requirement can be satisfied by three units of additional work associated with the senior thesis (APh 78 or APh 79), or by taking Ph 70, En/Wr 84 or Bi/BE 24.
- Any three of the following: APh/EE 9, APh/EE 23, APh/EE 24, Ph 3, Ph 5, Ph 6, or Ph 7.
- Ph 12 abc, APh/MS 105 ab [Ae/ME 118 or ChE/Ch 165 or Ph 127a; ChE/Ch 164 or Ph 127b], Ph 106 abc, and Ph 125 ab [Ch 125 ab]
- Ma 2, Ma 3, and ACM 95 ab.
- Either APh 78 abc or APh 79 abc, or one term of APh 77 and one term of any of the following: Ph 77, EE 91, Ch 6, Ae/APh 104 bc, or MS 90. Any substitutions or additions require prior approval of the option representative.
- One additional advanced sequence of APh courses numbered over 100, such as: APh 101 abc, APh/MS 105 abc, APh 114 abc, APh/Ph 115 and APh/Ph/Ae 116, APh/EE 130, 131, and 132, APh 156 abc, APh/EE 190 abc, or BE/Bi/APh 161 and 162. Note that APh 100 and APh 200 do not satisfy this requirement. Any substitutions or additions require prior approval of the option representative.
- Passing grades must be earned in a total of 486 units, including the courses listed above. No course in fulfillment of option requirements may be taken on a pass/fail basis.
- Any student whose grade-point average is less than 1.9 at the end of the academic year in the subjects listed above may be refused permission to continue work in this option.
APh Typical Course Schedule
|Units per term|
|ACM 95ab||Intro. Methods of Applied Math.||-||12||12|
|Ma 2||Differential Equations||9||-||-|
|Ma 3||Intro. to Probability and Statistics||-||9||-|
|Ph 12abc||Waves, Quantum Mechanics and Statistical Physics||9||9||9|
|APh 105ab||States of Matter||9||9||-|
|APh 110ab||Topics in Applied Physics||2||2||-|
|Ph 106abc||Topics in Classical Physics||9||9||9|
|Ph 125ab||Quantum Mechanics||9||9||-|
|APh 78abc or APh 79abc||Senior Thesisl³ or Senior Thesis, Theoretical³||9||9||9|
|Or APh 77||Laboratory in Applied Physics³||-||9||9|
|Other Electives including APh 100||18||18||18|
1 See item 2, option requirements.
2 See item 6, option requirements.
3 See item 5, option requirements.
Students are encouraged to obtain a well-rounded course of study pursuant to the B.S. degree in applied physics. The option representative and/or undergraduate adviser will gladly assist students in choosing appropriate elective courses. Students ultimately interested in pursuing an advanced degree in applied physics or related fields are encouraged to complete a senior thesis project through APh 78 or APh 79.