PHY-850: Special Topics in Condensed Matter

Forces acting at nanometer range differ qualitatively from those in covalent bonds that create molecules and differ too from the forces on other scales usually covered in the physics curriculum. Their consequences are felt in the behavior of nanometer- to micrometer-size structures such as colloids, membranes, large polymers, and the many components of living systems. More practically, they underlie phenomena many students will encounter in their own research not only in soft matter and bio-molecules but also in critical phenomena such as the spreading of films near critical points. Intended for those grounded in thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and electrodynamics at the advanced undergraduate level but open to any willing to make the effort to learn. **NOTE: Course size to be limited to 18 people, priority to physics graduate students, then graduate students from outside physics and advanced physics undergraduates.
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Course Schedules

Semester Sec Instructor Times / Rm
Fall 2005
Anthony Dinsmore
Advanced topics: Soft Condensed Matter Physics
TuTh 4:00-5:15
HASA 113
Spring 2005
Soft Condensed Matter
MWF 11:15-12:05
LGRT 1033
Fall 2004 Anthony Dinsmore
Advanced topics: Soft Condensed Matter Physics
TuTh 11:15-12:30
Has 111
Spring 2004 Mark Tuominen
MWF 10:10
Has 136
Fall 2003 David Kastor
String Theory
TuTh 9:30
LGRT 1114
Spring 2003
MWF 10:10
Has 136
Fall 2002 Anthony Dinsmore
Soft Condensed Matter
TuTh 9:30 - 10:45
Hasa 104B
Fall 2000 Nikolai Prokof'ev
MWF 1:25