Physics

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The Physics major is designed to give the student a broad and thorough understanding of the fundamentals of physics. Therefore, the emphasis is on this general understanding rather than on specialized skills, although some specialized courses are among the options open to the student. Those considering a physics major are urged to consult a departmental adviser early, in order to discuss the content of the major and also the opportunities after graduation. Recent graduates have entered graduate work in a number of scientific fields, and others have gone on to jobs in academic, industrial, and government laboratories.

Declaring the Major

Students may declare a physics major when all of the prerequisites for the major have been completed or their equivalent with a 2.0 grade-point average (GPA) in the prerequisites and a 2.0 GPA in all University courses. For further information regarding the prerequisites, please see the Major Requirements tab on this page.

The department will consider applications to declare a physics major throughout the academic year. Students (continuing and transfer) declaring must furnish a copy of their grade record or past transcripts which include the prerequisite courses or their equivalents. Students must have their records reviewed and have a departmental file prepared by the undergraduate adviser in 368 LeConte Hall prior to seeing a faculty major adviser for departmental approval of the petition to declare a physics major. Students should be prepared to discuss a tentative schedule of their upper division courses.

Honors Program

Students with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 or higher in all courses in the major, upper division courses in the major, and all University courses may be admitted to the honors program. A major adviser should be consulted before the student's last year of residence. This program requires completion of the major, at least one semester of PHYSICS H190, and a senior thesis, PHYSICS H195A and PHYSICS H195B.

Minor Program

The department also offers a minor program in Physics. Students may petition for a minor in Physics from the time that the requirements are complete until the student graduates from the College of Letters & Science. Students who have completed the requirements for the minor will be required to furnish transcripts (official or unofficial) to the undergraduate adviser (in 368 LeConte Hall) to show their work and GPA in physics and math. After completing a confirmation of minor program petition (available in 368 LeConte Hall), the students will be directed to a faculty major adviser who will approve the completion of the minor program.

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Major Requirements

In addition to the University, campus, and college requirements, listed on the College Requirements tab, students must fulfill the below requirements specific to their major program.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the major requirements below must be taken for graded credit, other than courses listed which are offered on a Pass/No Pass basis only. Other exceptions to this requirement are noted as applicable.
  2. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs with the exception of minors offered outside of the College of Letters & Science.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 must be maintained in both upper and lower division courses used to fulfill the major requirements.

For information regarding residence requirements and unit requirements, please see the College Requirements tab.

Lower Division Requirements

In addition to the requirements below, students who: 1) Have not taken a substantial chemistry course in high school are urged to take a one-year sequence or 2) Unfamiliar with a computer programming language are encouraged to include an introductory course in computer science.

PHYSICS 7APhysics for Scientists and Engineers4
or PHYSICS 5A Introductory Mechanics and Relativity
PHYSICS 7BPhysics for Scientists and Engineers4
or PHYSICS H7B Physics for Scientists and Engineers
or PHYSICS 5B and PHYSICS 5BL (effective Spring 2017)
PHYSICS 7CPhysics for Scientists and Engineers4
or PHYSICS H7C Physics for Scientists and Engineers
or PHYSICS 5C and PHYSICS 5CL (effective Fall 2017)
MATH 1ACalculus4
MATH 1BCalculus4
MATH 53Multivariable Calculus4
PHYSICS 89Introduction to Mathematical Physics4

Upper Division

PHYSICS 105Analytic Mechanics4
PHYSICS 110AElectromagnetism and Optics4
PHYSICS 111AInstrumentation Laboratory3
PHYSICS 111BAdvanced Experimentation Laboratory (3.0 units required; additional units beyond the 3.0 required may be completed with approval)1-3
PHYSICS 112Introduction to Statistical and Thermal Physics4
PHYSICS 137AQuantum Mechanics4
PHYSICS 137BQuantum Mechanics4
Select one course from the following:4
Electromagnetism and Optics
Particle Physics
Quantum and Nonlinear Optics
Modern Atomic Physics
Special Relativity and General Relativity
Solid State Physics
Solid State Physics
Introduction to Plasma Physics
Elective Physics: Special Topics
Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology
Principles of Molecular Biophysics
Quantum Information Science and Technology

Recommended Courses

For students planning to continue to graduate school, special programs may be worked out with the adviser. The following courses are also recommended for students interested in graduate school:

PHYSICS 110BElectromagnetism and Optics4
MATH 104Introduction to Analysis4
MATH 110Linear Algebra4
MATH 113Introduction to Abstract Algebra4
MATH 121AMathematical Tools for the Physical Sciences4
MATH 121BMathematical Tools for the Physical Sciences4
MATH 128ANumerical Analysis4
MATH 185Introduction to Complex Analysis4

Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but they are not noted on diplomas.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements below must be taken for graded credit.
  2. A minimum of three of the upper division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
  4. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement for Letters & Science students.
  5. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.
  6. All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which the student plans to graduate. Students who cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time should see a College of Letters & Science adviser.
  7. All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)

Requirements

Lower Division Prerequisites
PHYSICS 7APhysics for Scientists and Engineers (or equivalent)4
PHYSICS 7BPhysics for Scientists and Engineers (or equivalent)4
PHYSICS 7CPhysics for Scientists and Engineers (or equivalent)4
MATH 1ACalculus (or equivalent)4
MATH 1BCalculus (or equivalent)4
MATH 53Multivariable Calculus (or equivalent)4
PHYSICS 89Introduction to Mathematical Physics4
Upper Division
PHYSICS 137AQuantum Mechanics4
PHYSICS 110AElectromagnetism and Optics4
or PHYSICS 105 Analytic Mechanics
Select three additional upper division physics courses (9 units minimum) 1
1

 The following upper division courses will not fulfill minor requirements: PHYSICS 100, PHYSICS H190PHYSICS H195APHYSICS H195BPHYSICS 198, and PHYSICS 199.

College Requirements

Undergraduate students in the College of Letters & Science must fulfill the following requirements in addition to those required by their major program.

For detailed lists of courses that fulfill college requirements, please review the College of Letters & Sciences page in this Guide.

Entry Level Writing

All students who will enter the University of California as freshmen must demonstrate their command of the English language by fulfilling the Entry Level Writing requirement. Fulfillment of this requirement is also a prerequisite to enrollment in all reading and composition courses at UC Berkeley. 

American History and American Institutions

The American History and Institutions requirements are based on the principle that a US resident graduated from an American university should have an understanding of the history and governmental institutions of the United States.

American Cultures

American Cultures is the one requirement that all undergraduate students at Cal need to take and pass in order to graduate. The requirement offers an exciting intellectual environment centered on the study of race, ethnicity and culture of the United States. AC courses offer students opportunities to be part of research-led, highly accomplished teaching environments, grappling with the complexity of American Culture.

Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning requirement is designed to ensure that students graduate with basic understanding and competency in math, statistics, or computer science. The requirement may be satisfied by exam or by taking an approved course.

Foreign Language

The Foreign Language requirement may be satisfied by demonstrating proficiency in reading comprehension, writing, and conversation in a foreign language equivalent to the second semester college level, either by passing an exam or by completing approved course work.

Reading and Composition

In order to provide a solid foundation in reading, writing and critical thinking the College requires two semesters of lower division work in composition in sequence. Students must complete a first-level reading and composition course by the end of their second semester and a second-level course by the end of their fourth semester.

Breadth Requirements

The undergraduate breadth requirements provide Berkeley students with a rich and varied educational experience outside of their major program. As the foundation of a liberal arts education, breadth courses give students a view into the intellectual life of the University while introducing them to a multitude of perspectives and approaches to research and scholarship. Engaging students in new disciplines and with peers from other majors, the breadth experience strengthens interdisciplinary connections and context that prepares Berkeley graduates to understand and solve the complex issues of their day.

Unit Requirements

  • 120 total units, including at least 60 L&S units

  • Of the 120 units, 36 must be upper division units

  • Of the 36 upper division units, 6 must be taken in courses offered outside your major department

Residence Requirements

For units to be considered in "residence," you must be registered in courses on the Berkeley campus as a student in the College of Letters & Science. Most students automatically fulfill the residence requirement by attending classes here for four years. In general, there is no need to be concerned about this requirement, unless you go abroad for a semester or year or want to take courses at another institution or through UC Extension during your senior year. In these cases, you should make an appointment to meet an adviser to determine how you can meet the Senior Residence Requirement.

Note: Courses taken through UC Extension do not count toward residence.

Senior Residence Requirement

After you become a senior (with 90 semester units earned toward your BA degree), you must complete at least 24 of the remaining 30 units in residence in at least two semesters. To count as residence, a semester must consist of at least 6 passed units. Intercampus Visitor, EAP, and UC Berkeley-Washington Program (UCDC) units are excluded.

You may use a Berkeley Summer Session to satisfy one semester of the Senior Residence requirement, provided that you successfully complete 6 units of course work in the Summer Session and that you have been enrolled previously in the college.

Modified Senior Residence Requirement

Participants in the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) or the UC Berkeley Washington Program (UCDC) may meet a Modified Senior Residence requirement by completing 24 (excluding EAP) of their final 60 semester units in residence. At least 12 of these 24 units must be completed after you have completed 90 units.

Upper Division Residence Requirement

You must complete in residence a minimum of 18 units of upper division courses (excluding EAP units), 12 of which must satisfy the requirements for your major.

Student Learning Goals

Mission

The goal of the Physics major is to provide students with a broad understanding of the physical principles of the universe, to help them develop critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills, to empower them to think creatively and critically about scientific problems and experiments, and to provide training for students planning careers in physics and in the physical sciences broadly defined including those whose interests lie in research, K-12 or college teaching, industrial jobs, or other sectors of society.

Physics majors complete a program which includes foundational lower division course work in math and physics and in-depth upper division course work. These topics are traditionally broadly divided into classical and modern physics. Some core topics, such as special relativity, classical optics, and classical thermodynamics, are covered only in lower division courses. Other topics, such as quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and optics, are covered first at an introductory level in lower division and then at a more advanced level in the upper division courses. Advanced elective courses provide students the opportunity to further their knowledge in specific areas (such as atomic physics, condensed matter physics, optical properties, quantum computing, biophysics, astrophysics, particle physics). A two-semester upper division laboratory course provides additional training in electronic instrumentation, circuits, computer interfacing to experiments, independent project design, and advanced laboratory techniques experiments. This laboratory course also provides the capstone experience to the core courses, bringing the knowledge gained in different courses together and making the connection between theoretical knowledge taught in textbooks/homework problems and the experimental foundations of this knowledge. Activities outside the classroom, such as independent research or study, allow students to further develop their knowledge and understanding.

A student graduating from Berkeley with a major in physics will understand classical and modern physics (as outlined in the course requirements below) and will also acquire the skills to apply principles to new and unfamiliar problems. Their understanding should include the ability to analyze physical problems (often posed as word problems), be able to derive and prove equations that describe the physics of the universe, understand the meaning and limitations of these equations, and have both physical and numerical insight into physical problems (e.g., be able to make order-of-magnitude estimates, analyze physical situations by application of general principles as well as by textbook type calculations). They will also have developed basic laboratory, library, and computational skills, be familiar with important historical experiments and what physics they revealed, and be able to make both written and oral presentations on physics problems posed to them. At graduation, physics majors will have a set of fundamental competencies that are knowledge-based, performance/skills-based, and affective.

Learning Goals for the Major

Graduates will have the following:

  1. Mastered a broad set of knowledge concerning the fundamentals in the basic areas of physics (quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and special relativity). This does not refer to knowledge about specific facts, but rather to a working knowledge of fundamental concepts that can then be applied in many different ways to understand or predict what nature does.
  2. An understanding of the physical principles required to analyze a physical question or topic, including those not previously seen, and both quantitative and qualitative physical insight into these principles in order to understand or predict what happens. This includes understanding what equations and numerical physical constants are needed to describe and analyze fundamental physics problems.
  3. A set of basic physical constants that enable their ability to make simple numerical estimates of physical properties of the universe and its constituents.
  4. An understanding of how modern electronic instrumentation works, and how both classical and modern experiments are used to reveal the underlying physical principals of the universe and its constituents.
  5. An understanding of how to use computers in data acquisition and processing and how to use available software as a tool in data analysis.
  6. An understanding of modern library search tools used to locate and retrieve scientific information.

Skills

Graduates will have the following abilities: 

  1. Solve problems competently by identifying the essential parts of a problem and formulating a strategy for solving the problem. Estimate the numerical solution to a problem. Apply appropriate techniques to arrive at a solution, test the correctness of the solution, and interpret the results.
  2. Explain the physics problem and its solution in both words and appropriately specific equations to both experts and non-experts.
  3. Understand the objective of a physics laboratory experiment, properly carry out the experiments, and appropriately record and analyze the results.
  4. Use standard laboratory equipment, modern instrumentation, and classical techniques to carry out experiments.
  5. Know how to design, construct, and complete a science-based independent project (specifically in the area of electronics).
  6. Know and follow the proper procedures and regulations for safely working in a lab.
  7. Communicate the concepts and results of their laboratory experiments through effective writing and oral communication skills.

Affective

Graduates will be able to do the following:

  1. Successfully pursue career objectives in graduate school or professional schools, in a scientific career in government or industry, in a teaching career, or in a related career.
  2. Think creatively about scientific problems and their solutions, to design experiments, and to constructively question results they are presented with, whether these results are in a newspaper, in a classroom, or elsewhere.

Advising

All students interested in the Physics major should come in for major advising as soon as possible starting their first semester on campus for individualized assistance. Professional advisers can assist with a wide range of matters including academic course planning, research, career, and graduate school goals.

Advising Staff

Amanda Dillon
amjdillon@berkeley.edu
374 LeConte Hall
510-664-7557

Kathy Lee
kathyl@berkeley.edu
368 LeConte Hall
510-642-0481

Academic Opportunities

Berkeley Connect in Physics

Berkeley Connect in Physics is a mentoring program that pairs physics graduate mentors with undergraduate physics students. The goals of the program are to help students develop understanding, community, and career preparedness that go beyond what traditional courses provide. Interactions with graduate students and faculty will play a large role throughout the semester. The course is a small seminar class led by the physics graduate student mentor. Some of the meetings will include the following:

  • Visits to research labs on campus and at the national labs to talk to faculty, scientists, and graduate students.
  • Preparing students for a broad range of career trajectories including ones outside of academia.
  • Discussions of science in the news and science and society.
  • Resources for finding research opportunities on campus, REUs, internships.
  • Developing skills that will make you an attractive candidate for undergraduate research.
  • Exploration of the idea of scientific models.
  • Building a community of physics student scientists.

Berkeley Connect is a 1 unit seminar course that meets once a week for one hour. It is designed to be very low workload but have large benefits for physics undergraduates. For more information please visit the Berkeley Connect website.

Courses

Physics

PHYSICS 5A Introductory Mechanics and Relativity 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, rotational motion, oscillations, fluids and relativity. Use of calculus and vector algebra will be emphasized. Intended for students with an interest in pursuing a major in physics, astrophysics, engineering physics, or related disciplines. Successor to the Physics H7 series. Start of three semester 5A-5B-5C sequence.

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PHYSICS 5B Introductory Electromagnetism, Waves, and Optics 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017
Electric fields and potential, circuits, magnetism and induction. Introduction to optics including light propagation, reflection, refraction and interference. Intended for students with an interest in pursuing a major in physics, astrophysics, engineering physics, or related disciplines. Successor to the Physics H7 series. Continuation of 5A-5B-5C sequence.

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PHYSICS 5BL Introduction to Experimental Physics I 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017
Part one of a two-semester laboratory sequence to introduce students to experimental physics and prepare them for research. Covers a variety of modern and historical experiments, emphasizing data analysis, clear scientific communication, and development of skills on modern equipment. Successor to the Physics H7 series.

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PHYSICS 5C Introductory Thermodynamics and Quantum Mechanics 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 1977
Temperature, kinetic theory, entropy; particle/wave nature of matter, Schrodinger equation, hydrogen atom, applications of quantum physics. Intended for students with an interest in pursuing a major in physics, astrophysics, engineering physics or related disciplines. Continuation of 5A-5B-5C sequence. Successor to the Physics H7 series.

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PHYSICS 5CL Introduction to Experimental Physics II 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017
Part two of a two-semester laboratory sequence to introduce students to experimental physics and prepare them for research. Covers a variety of modern and historical experiments, emphasizing iterative experimental design, clear scientific communication, and development of skills on modern equipment. Successor to the Physics H7 series.

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PHYSICS 7A Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017
Mechanics and wave motion.

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PHYSICS 7B Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017
Heat, electricity, and magnetism.

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PHYSICS 7C Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017
Electromagnetic waves, optics, relativity, and quantum physics.

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PHYSICS H7A Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Honors sequence corresponding to 7A-7B-7C, but with a greater emphasis on theory as opposed to problem solving. Recommended for those students who have had advanced Physics on the high school level and who are intending to declare a major in physics. Entrance into H7A is decided on the basis of performance on an examination given during the first week of class or the consent of the instructor, and into H7B-H7C on performance in previous courses
in a standard sequence.
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PHYSICS H7B Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Honors sequence corresponding to 7A-7B-7C, but with a greater emphasis on theory as opposed to problem solving. Recommended for those students who have had advanced Physics on the high school level and who are intending to declare a major in physics. Entrance into H7A is decided on the basis of performance on an examination given during the first week of class or the consent of the instructor, and into H7B-H7C on performance in previous courses
in a standard sequence.
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PHYSICS H7C Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Honors sequence corresponding to 7A-7B-7C, but with a greater emphasis on theory as opposed to problem solving. Recommended for those students who have had advanced Physics on the high school level and who are intending to declare a major in physics. Entrance into H7A is decided on the basis of performance on an examination given during the first week of class or the consent of the instructor, and into H7B-H7C on performance in previous courses
in a standard sequence.
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PHYSICS 8A Introductory Physics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017
Introduction to forces, kinetics, equilibria, fluids, waves, and heat. This course presents concepts and methodologies for understanding physical phenomena, and is particularly useful preparation for upper division study in biology and architecture.

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PHYSICS 8B Introductory Physics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017
Introduction to electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, optics, and modern physics. The course presents concepts and methodologies for understanding physical phenomena, and is particularly useful preparation for upper division study in biology and architecture.

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PHYSICS 10 Descriptive Introduction to Physics 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2005, Fall 2004
The most interesting and important topics in physics, stressing conceptual understanding rather than math, with applications to current events. Topics covered may vary and may include energy and conservation, radioactivity, nuclear physics, the Theory of Relativity, lasers, explosions, earthquakes, superconductors, and quantum physics.

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PHYSICS C10 Descriptive Introduction to Physics 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2014
The most interesting and important topics in physics, stressing conceptual understanding rather than math, with applications to current events. Topics covered may vary and may include energy and conservation, radioactivity, nuclear physics, the Theory of Relativity, lasers, explosions, earthquakes, superconductors, and quantum physics.

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PHYSICS 21 Physics of Music 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2003, Spring 2002, Spring 2000
Physical principles encountered in the study of music. The applicable laws of mechanics, fundamentals of sound, harmonic content, principles of sound production in musical instruments, musical scales. Numerous illustrative lecture demonstrations will be given. Only the basics of high school algebra and geometry will be used.

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PHYSICS C21 Physics and Music 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2012, Spring 2010
What can we learn about the nature of reality and the ways that we humans have invented to discover how the world works? An exploration of these questions through the physical principles encountered in the study of music. The applicable laws of mechanics, fundamentals of sound, harmonic content, principles of sound production in musical instruments, musical scales. Numerous illustrative lecture demonstrations will be given. Only the basics
of high school algebra and geometry will be used.
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PHYSICS 24 Freshman Seminars 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
The Berkeley Seminar Program has been designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small-seminar setting. Berkeley Seminars are offered in all campus departments, and topics vary from department to department and semester to semester.

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PHYSICS 39 Lower Division Physics Seminar 1.5 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Fall 2008
Enrollment limited to 20 students per section. Physics seminar course designed for both non major students and students considering a major in physics. Topics vary from semester to semester.

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PHYSICS 49 Supplementary Work in Lower Division Physics 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
Students with partial credit in lower division physics courses may, with consent of instructor, complete the credit under this heading.

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PHYSICS 77 Introduction to Computational Techniques in Physics 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Spring 2017
Introductory scientific programming in Python with examples from physics. Topics include: visualization, statistics and probability, regression, numerical integration, simulation, data modeling, function approximation, and algebraic systems. Recommended for freshman physics majors.

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PHYSICS 89 Introduction to Mathematical Physics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Spring 2017
Complex numbers, linear algebra, ordinary differential equations, Fourier series and transform methods, introduction to partial differential equations, introduction to tensors. Applications to physics will be emphasized. This course or an equivalent course required for physics major.

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PHYSICS 98 Directed Group Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015

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PHYSICS 98BC Berkeley Connect 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Berkeley Connect is a mentoring program, offered through various academic departments, that helps students build intellectual community. Over the course of a semester, enrolled students participate in regular small-group discussions facilitated by a graduate student mentor (following a faculty-directed curriculum), meet with their graduate student mentor for one-on-one academic advising, attend lectures and panel discussions featuring department
faculty and alumni, and go on field trips to campus resources. Students are not required to be declared majors in order to participate.
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PHYSICS 99 Supervised Independent Study 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2015

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PHYSICS 100 Communicating Physics and Physical Science 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Spring 2008
For undergraduate and graduate students interested in improving their ability to communicate scientific knowledge by teaching science in K-12 schools. The course will combine instruction in inquiry-based science teaching methods and learning pedagogy with 10 weeks of supervised teaching experience in a local school. Students will practice, with support and mentoring, communicating scientific knowledge through presentations and hands-on activities.
Approximately three hours per week including time spent in school classrooms.
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PHYSICS 105 Analytic Mechanics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Newtonian mechanics, motion of a particle in one, two, and three dimensions, Larange's equations, Hamilton's equations, central force motion, moving coordinate systems, mechanics of continuous media, oscillations, normal modes, rigid body dynamics, tensor analysis techniques.

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PHYSICS 110A Electromagnetism and Optics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Part I. A course emphasizing electromagnetic theory and applications; charges and currents; electric and magnetic fields; dielectric, conducting, and magnetic media; relativity, Maxwell equations. Wave propagation in media, radiation and scattering, Fourier optics, interference and diffraction, ray optics and applications.

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PHYSICS 110B Electromagnetism and Optics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Part II. A course emphasizing electromagnetic theory and applications; charges and currents; electric and magnetic fields; dielectric, conducting, and magnetic media; relativity, Maxwell equations. Wave propagation in media, radiation and scattering, Fourier optics, interference and diffraction, ray optics and applications.

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PHYSICS 111A Instrumentation Laboratory 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Spring 2017
The instrumentation lab (formerly Basic Semiconductor Circuits) is an introductory course in basic design, analysis and modeling of circuits, and data analysis and control. Topics include but not limited to:
linear circuits, semiconductor diodes, JFETS, Op-Amps, Labview programming, ADC and DAC converters, signal processing, and feedback control.

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PHYSICS 111B Advanced Experimentation Laboratory 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
In the advanced experimentation lab students complete four of 20+ advanced experiments. These include many experiments in atomic, nuclear, particle physics, biophysics, and solid-state physics, among others.

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PHYSICS 112 Introduction to Statistical and Thermal Physics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Basic concepts of statistical mechanics, microscopic basis of thermodynamics and applications to macroscopic systems, condensed states, phase transformations, quantum distributions, elementary kinetic theory of transport processes, fluctuation phenomena.

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PHYSICS 129 Particle Physics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Tools of particle and nuclear physics. Properties, classification, and interaction of particles including the quark-gluon constituents of hadrons. High energy phenomena analyzed by quantum mechanical methods. Course will survey the field including some related topics in nuclear physics.

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PHYSICS 130 Quantum and Nonlinear Optics 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2014, Spring 2012
Detailed theory and experimental basis of quantum and nonlinear optics, exhibiting concepts of quantum measurement, noise, stochastic processes and dissipative quantum systems. Topics include second-quantization of electromagnetic fields, photodetection, coherence properties, light-atom interactions, cavity quantum electrodynamics, nonlinear optical systems, squeezed light, aspects of quantum information science, and contemporary research.

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PHYSICS 137A Quantum Mechanics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017
Part I. Introduction to the methods of quantum mechanics with applications to atomic, molecular, solid state, nuclear and elementary particle physics.

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PHYSICS 137B Quantum Mechanics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Part II. Introduction to the methods of quantum mechanics with applications to atomic, molecular, solid state, nuclear and elementary particle physics.

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PHYSICS 138 Modern Atomic Physics 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2013
This course covers atomic, molecular, and optical physics as a quantitative description of atoms and fields, a generalized toolbox for controlling quantum systems, and a vibrant research area. Topics covered include atomic structure and spectra, atom-field interactions, topics in quantum electrodynamics, methods of resonant manipulation of quantum systems, resonance optics, and experimental techniques.

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PHYSICS 139 Special Relativity and General Relativity 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Historical and experimental foundations of Einstein's special theory of relativity; spatial and temporal measurements, particle dynamics, electrodynamics, Lorentz invariants. Introduction to general relativity. Selected applications. Designed for advanced undergraduates in physics and astronomy.

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PHYSICS 141A Solid State Physics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Part I. A thorough introductory course in modern solid state physics. Crystal symmetries; classification of solids and their bonding; electromagnetic, elastic, and particle waves in periodic lattices; thermal magnetic and dielectric properties of solids; energy bands of metals and semi-conductors; superconductivity; magnetism; ferroelectricity; magnetic resonances.

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PHYSICS 141B Solid State Physics 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Part II. A thorough introductory course in modern solid state physics. Crystal symmetries; classification of solids and their bonding; electromagnetic, elastic, and particle waves in periodic lattices; thermal magnetic and dielectric properties of solids; energy bands of metals and semi-conductors; superconductivity; magnetism; ferroelectricity; magnetic resonances.

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PHYSICS 142 Introduction to Plasma Physics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Motion of charged particles in electric and magnetic fields, dynamics of fully ionized plasma from both microscopic and macroscopic point of view, magnetohydrodynamics, small amplitude waves; examples from astrophysics, space sciences and controlled-fusion research.

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PHYSICS 151 Elective Physics: Special Topics 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2013, Fall 2010
Topics vary from semester to semester. The subject matter level and scope of the course are such that it is acceptable as the required elective course in the Physics major. See Department of Physics course announcements.

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PHYSICS C161 Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Elements of general relativity. Physics of pulsars, cosmic rays, black holes. The cosmological distance scale, elementary cosmological models, properties of galaxies and quasars. The mass density and age of the universe. Evidence for dark matter and dark energy and concepts of the early universe and of galaxy formation. Reflections on astrophysics as a probe of the extrema of physics.

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PHYSICS 177 Principles of Molecular Biophysics 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
We will review the structure of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, lipids, and the forces and interactions maintaining their structure in solution. We will describe the thermodynamics and kinetics of protein folding. The principles of polymer chain statistics and of helix-coil transitions in biopolymers will be reviewed next, together with biopolymer dynamics. We will then cover the main structural methods in biology: X-ray crystallography
, MNR and fluorescence spectroscopy, electron and probe microscopy, and single molecular methods.
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PHYSICS H190 Physics Honors Course 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
A seminar which includes study and reports on current theoretical and experimental problems. Open only to students officially in the physics honors program or with consent of instructor.

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PHYSICS C191 Quantum Information Science and Technology 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2014, Spring 2012
This multidisciplinary course provides an introduction to fundamental conceptual aspects of quantum mechanics from a computational and informational theoretic perspective, as well as physical implementations and technological applications of quantum information science. Basic sections of quantum algorithms, complexity, and cryptography, will be touched upon, as well as pertinent physical realizations from nanoscale science and engineering.

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PHYSICS H195A Senior Honors Thesis Research 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Thesis work under the supervision of a faculty member. To obtain credit the student must, at the end of two semesters, submit a satisfactory thesis. A total of four units must be taken. The units may be distributed between one or two semesters in any way.

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PHYSICS H195B Senior Honors Thesis Research 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Thesis work under the supervision of a faculty member. To obtain credit the student must, at the end of two semesters, submit a satisfactory thesis. A total of four units must be taken. The units may be distributed between one or two semesters in any way.

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PHYSICS 198 Directed Group Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Enrollment restrictions apply; see the Introduction to Courses and Curricula section in this catalog.

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PHYSICS 198BC Berkeley Connect 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Berkeley Connect is a mentoring program, offered through various academic departments, that helps students build intellectual community. Over the course of a semester, enrolled students participate in regular small-group discussions facilitated by a graduate student mentor (following a faculty-directed curriculum), meet with their graduate student mentor for one-on-one academic advising, attend lectures and panel discussions featuring department
faculty and alumni, and go on field trips to campus resources. Students are not required to be declared majors in order to participate.
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PHYSICS 198F Frontiers of Physics 2 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Discussion-based introduction to contemporary research in physics for advanced undergraduates. Presentation of different weekly topics in physics research led by graduate students, postdocs, or professors in a particular field to connect upper division physics majors with contemporary research and to increase dialogue between upper division undergraduates and researchers in the department.

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PHYSICS 199 Supervised Independent Study 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Enrollment restrictions apply; see the Introduction to Courses and Curricula section in this catalog.

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Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Mina Aganagic, Professor. Particle physics.
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Ehud Altman, Professor. Atomic, molecular, and optical physics, ultracold atomic physics, atomic quantum gases, .
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James Analytis, Assistant Professor. Experimental Condensed Matter Physics.
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Stuart Bale, Professor. Experimental space physics, plasma astrophysics, low frequency radio astronomy.
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Eric Betzig, Professor. Biophysics.

Robert Birgeneau, Professor. Physics, phase transition behavior of novel states of matter.
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Raphael Bousso, Professor. Physics, quantum mechanics, gravity, unified description of nature, string theory, quantum properties of black holes, the geometry of spacetime, covariant entropy bound, cosmological constant.
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Carlos J. Bustamante, Professor. Nanoscience, structural characterization of nucleo-protein assemblies, single molecule fluorescence microscopy, DNA-binding molecular motors, the scanning force microscope, prokaryotes.
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Michael F. Crommie, Professor. Physics, electronic properties of atomic-scale structures at surfaces, atomic-scale structures, morphology and dynamics of mesoscopic systems, atomic manipulation, visualizing low dimensional electronic behavior.
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Michael Deweese, Associate Professor. Machine learning, computation, systems neuroscience, auditory cortex, neural coding.
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Joel Fajans, Professor. Astrophysics, plasma processing, physics, basic plasma physics, non-neutral plasmas, basic plasma physics experiments, pure electron plasma traps, cyrogenic plasmas, plasma bifurcations, basic non-linear dynamics, autoresonance.
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Roger Falcone, Professor. X-rays, plasma physics, lasers, physics, materials, atomic physics, coherent control, ultrafast.
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Ori J. Ganor, Associate Professor. Physics, string theory, -theory, F-theory, matrix-models, noncommutative geometry, six-dimensional theories and their large N limit, supersymmetric field theories, coupled quantum systems, nonperturbative and strong-coupling, nonlocal behavior, space.
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Hernan G. Garcia, Assistant Professor. Biophysics.
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Naomi Ginsberg, Assistant Professor. Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics; Biophysics; Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science.
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Hartmut Haeffner, Associate Professor. Quantum information and computation, precision measurements, ion traps, quantum state engineering, decoherence, quantum simulations, quantum energy transport, quantum chaos, cryogenic electronics.
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Lawrence J. Hall, Professor. Physics, standard model of particle physics, symmetries of nature, the symmetry of the electroweak interaction, spacetime symmetries: weak scale supersymmetry, constrained theories for the quark and charged lepton masses, supersymmetric theory.
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Oskar Hallatschek, Assistant Professor. Biophysics, random mutational events, genetic diversity, genome architecture, statistical physics, stochoastic reaction-diffusion systems, .
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Wick Haxton, Professor. Astrophysics, neutrino physics, nuclear astrophysics, tests of symmetries and conservation laws in nuclear and particle and atomic physics, many-body theory, effective theories.
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Beate Heinemann, Professor. Particle physics.
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Frances Hellman, Dean of the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Professor. Condensed matter physics and materials science.
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William L. Holzapfel, Professor. Cosmology, physics, measurement and interpretation of anisotropies of the cosmic microwave background, the universe, density of energy, baryonic matter in the universe, the degree angular scale interferometer, the arcminute cosmology bolometer array.
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Petr Horava, Professor. Cosmology, physics, quantum geometry, particle physics, string (and M-) theory, quantum gravity.
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Barbara Jacak, Professor. Nuclear physics, particle physics, quark gluon plasma.
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+ Bob Jacobsen, Professor. Physics, high energy physics, LEP collider and detectors, CKM matrix, B meson decays, CP violation in the B system.
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Na Ji, Associate Professor. Physics, molecular and cell biology.

Daniel Kasen, Associate Professor. Astrophysics, nuclear physics .
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Edgar Knobloch, Professor. Astrophysics, geophysics, physics, nonlinear dynamics of dissipative systems, bifurcation theory, low-dimensional behavior of continuous systems, the theory of nonlinear waves, pattern formation in fluid systems, reaction-diffusion systems.
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Yury G. Kolomensky, Professor. Particle physics, precision measurements, electroweak interactions, neutrino physics, QCD, BaBar, E158, CUORE, Mu2e.
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Alessandra Lanzara, Professor. Nanostructures, physics, solid-state physics, complex novel materials, correlated electron systems, temperature superconductors, colossal magneto-resistance manganites, organic material, fullerenes, nanotubes, nanosphere, nanorods.
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Adrian T. Lee, Professor. Physics.
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Dung-Hai Lee, Professor. Physics, theoretical condensed matter, organization principles enabling microscopic degrees of freedom to behave cooperatively, matter and their formation mechanisms, low dimensional quantum magnets, strongly correlated Fermi and Bose fluids.
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Stephen R. Leone, Professor. Physical chemistry, molecular dynamics, atomic, molecular, nanostructured materials, energy applications, attosecond physics and chemistry, radical reactions, combustion dynamics, microscopy, Optical physics, chemical physics, soft x-ray, high harmonic generation, ultrafast laser, aerosol chemistry and dynamics, neutrals imaging.
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Robert G. Littlejohn, Professor. Plasma physics, nonlinear dynamics, physics, atomic, molecular, optical, and nuclear physics, dissipation in many-particle systems, semiclassical treatment of spin-orbit forces in nuclei, normal form theory for mode conversion or Landau-Zener transition.
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Steven G. Louie, Professor. Nanoscience, nuclear magnetic resonance, semiconductors, metals, physics, fullerenes, nanotubes, condensed matter theory, surfaces, defects, nanostructure materials, clusters, many-electron effects in solids.
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Kam-Biu Luk, Professor. Physics, particle physics, neutrinos coming from the nuclear processes in the sun, neutrino oscillation, anti-neutrinos, neutrino mixing parameters, nuclear instrumentation, data mining.
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Daniel Mckinsey, Professor. Dark matter, noble gases, cryogenics, high voltages, particle physics, astrophysics, low temperature physics, detector physics, neutrinos.
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Joel E. Moore, Professor. Physics, nanotubes, condensed matter theory, the properties of, electron-electron interactions, zero-temperature phase transitions, interaction effects in nanoscale devices, quantum phase transitions.
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Holger Mueller, Associate Professor. Atomic, molecular, and optical physics.
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Hitoshi Murayama, Professor. Physics, particle physics, the universe, fundamental constituents of matter, Higgs boson, anti-matter, neutrino oscillations, finite value of the cosmological constant, triple coincidence of energy densities.
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Jeffrey B. Neaton, Professor. Condensed matter theory, Materials Physics, nanoscience, physical chemistry, Electronic Structure Theory, Transport, Hard-Soft Interfaces, Complex Oxides, renewable energy, energy conversion.
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Yasunori Nomura, Professor. Electroweak symmetry, developing new ideas and building realistic models in particle physics, particle physics theory and cosmology, hidden extra spatial dimensions and supersymmetry, physics of the multiverse, multiverse and quantum gravity.
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Gabriel Orebi Gann, Assistant Professor. Particle physics.
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Joseph W. Orenstein, Professor. Physics, optics, electromagnetic radiation, probe condensed matter systems, light waves, transmission and reflection coefficients, high-Tc superconductors organic molecular crystals, quasiparticles, origin of superconductivity, terahertz spectroscopy.
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Saul Perlmutter, Professor. Cosmology, dark energy, physics, astrophysics experiments, observational astrophysics, supernovae, accelerating universe.
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Matt Pyle, Assistant Professor. Astrophysics, nuclear physics, dark matter, detector technology, massive low temperature calorimeters, SuperCDMS.
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Zi Q. Qiu, Professor. Physics, novel behavior of the quantum magnetism in magnetic nanostructures, oscillatory interlayer coupling, the giant magnetoresistance, condensed matter experiment, technology applications, molecular beam epitaxy, artificial structures.
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Eliot Quataert, Professor. Compact objects, theoretical astrophysics, theoretical physics, black holes, accretion theory, plasma physics, high energy astrophysics, galaxies, stars.
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Surjeet Rajendran, Assistant Professor. Theoretical Particle Physics, precision metrology.
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R. Ramesh, Professor. Processing of complex oxide heterostructures, nanoscale characterization/device structures, thin film growth and materials physics of complex oxides, materials processing for devices, information technologies.
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Daniel S. Rokhsar, Professor. Biology, collective phenomena and ordering in condensed matter and biological systems, theoretical modeling, computational modeling, behavior of quantum fluids, cold atomic gases, high temperature superconductors, Fermi and Bose systems.
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Bernard Sadoulet, Professor. Astrophysics, cosmology, physics, condensed matter, particle physics, developing sophisticated detectors, UA1 central detector, ubiquitous dark matter in the universe, searching for dark matter, development of advanced phonon-mediated detectors.
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Uros Seljak, Professor. Astrophysics, theoretical cosmologist, weak lensing, galaxy clustering, CMB anisotropies, lyman alphy forest.
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Marjorie D. Shapiro, Professor. Physics, particle physics, particle experiments, probing the most basic interactions in nature, quarks, leptons, collider detector, the atlas experiment, electroweak symmetry breaking, mass, design of the silicon strip detectors, pixel detectors.
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+ Irfan Siddiqi, Professor. Condensed matter physics, superconducting qubits, quantum limited amplifiers, quantum circuits.
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Dan M. Stamper-Kurn, Professor. Atomic physics, the use of ultra-cold neutral atoms, studies of microscopic and macroscopic quantum phenomena, cavity quantum electrodynamics, Bose-Einstein condensation, precision and quantum measurement.
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Ashvin Vishwanath, Professor. Theoretical physics, physics, condensed matter theory, quantum condensed matter, systems of many quantum particles, dilute atomic gases, optical lattices, strongly correlated materials, fractionalization, unconventional quantum phase transition.
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Feng Wang, Associate Professor. Condensed matter physics, photonics, nanoscience.
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Martin White, Professor. Cosmology, formation of structure in the universe, dark energy, expansion of the universe, cosmic microwave background, quasars, redshift surveys.
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Michael Witherell, Professor. Particle physics, dark matter particles, LUX, LUX-ZEPLIN, neutrinoless, neutrinoless double beta decay.
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Jonathan Wurtele, Professor. Physics, stability, plasma theory, advanced accelerator concepts, intense laser-plasma interaction, the basic equilibrium, radiation properties of intense charged particle beams, simulation and the development of proof-of-principle experiments.
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Norman Yao, Assistant Professor. Atomic, molecular, and optical physics.
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Ahmet Yildiz, Associate Professor. Single molecule biophysics, molecular motors, telomeres.
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Alex Zettl, Professor. Physics, condensed matter physics, fullerenes, condensed matter experiments, characterize novel materials with unusual electronic and magnetic ground states, low-dimensional and nanoscale structures, superconductors, giant magnetoresistance materials, nanotubes, graphene, boron nitride nanostructures, neural probes, NEMS.
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Lecturers

Catherine Bordel, Lecturer.

Terrence Buehler, Lecturer.

Andrew Charman, Lecturer.

Austin J. Hedeman, Lecturer.

Matthias Reinsch, Lecturer.

Achilles Speliotopoulos, Lecturer.

Steven W. Stahler, Lecturer.

Visiting Faculty

Frank Calaprice, Visiting Professor.

John Cardy, Visiting Professor.

Daniel Green, Visiting Assistant Professor.

Emeritus Faculty

Korkut Bardakci, Professor Emeritus.

Dmitry Budker, Professor Emeritus. Modern atomic physics, discrete symmetries, samarium, dysprosium, ytterbium, spectral line broadening, parity nonconservation, magnetometry, atomic collisions, NV diamond, fundamental physics.
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Geoffrey Chew, Professor Emeritus. Physics.
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William Chinowsky, Professor Emeritus. Physics.
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+ John Clarke, Professor Emeritus. Nuclear magnetic resonance, physics, noise limitations, applications of superconducting quantum interference devices, low-transition temperature, axion detectors, sensing of magnetically-tagged biomolecules, nondestructive evaluation.
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Marvin L. Cohen, Professor Emeritus. Social cultural anthropology, medical and psychiatric anthropology, critical gerontology, lesbian and gay studies, feminist and queer theory.
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Marc Davis, Professor Emeritus. Astronomy, physical cosmology, large scale velocity fields, structure formation in the universe, maps of galactic dust.
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Robert C. Dynes, Professor Emeritus. Condensed matter physics and materials science.
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R. P. Ely, Professor Emeritus. Physics.
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William R. Frazer, Professor Emeritus. Particle physics.
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Mary K. Gaillard, Professor Emeritus. Elementary particle theory.
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Reinhard Genzel, Professor Emeritus. Physics, existence and formation of black holes in galactic nuclei, the nature of the power source, the evolution of (ultra)luminous infrared galaxies, gas dynamics, the fueling of active galactic nuclei, the properties evolution of starburst galaxies.
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Martin B. Halpern, Professor Emeritus.

Allan N. Kaufman, Professor Emeritus. Physics, fundamental aspects of plasma physics, application to plasma heating in tokamaks, interaction between positive and negative energy waves in nonuniform plasma, conversion of magnetosonic waves to ion-hybrid waves in tokamak geometries, heating.
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+ Charles Kittel, Professor Emeritus. Physics.
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Richard Marrus, Professor Emeritus. Physics, spectroscopy of one- and two-electron ions, beam-foil method, measurement of the hyperfine structure, hyperfine structure of the ground state of hydrogenic bismuth, atomic experiments.
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Christopher F. Mckee, Professor Emeritus. Astrophysics, interstellar medium, formation of stars, astrophysical fluid dynamics, computational astrophysics, astrophysical blast waves, supernova remnants, interstellar shocks.
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+ Forrest S. Mozer, Professor Emeritus. Physics.
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+ Richard Muller, Professor Emeritus. Astrophysics, geophysics, physics, elementary particle physics, cosmic micro wave background, supernovae for cosmology, origin of the earth's magnetic flips, Nemesis theory, glacial cycles, red sprites, lunar impacts, iridium measurement.
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Richard E. Packard, Professor Emeritus. Physics, condensed matter physics, experimental low temperature physics, quantum liquids, superfluid, surface waves in superfluid, liquid helium.
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P. Buford Price, Professor Emeritus. Evolution, metabolism, neutrino astrophysics, microbes, climate research, volcanism, glacial ice.
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Frederick Reif, Professor Emeritus.

Paul L. Richards, Professor Emeritus. Physics, utilizing far infrared and near-millimeter wavelength radiation, infrared physics, experimental cosmology, MAXIMA experiment, cosmic background radiation, far infrared spectroscopy, astrophysics experiment.
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Rainer K. Sachs, Professor Emeritus. Computational biology, carcinogenesis, mathematical biology, ionizing radiation, chromosome aberrations, radiation risk, cancer radiation therapy.
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Charles L. Schwartz, Professor Emeritus. Theoretical physics, physics, social responsibility in science.
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Yuen Ron Shen, Professor Emeritus. Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science.

James L. Siegrist, Professor Emeritus. High energy physics, particle experiments, large hadron collider, ATLAS, high center of mass energies, collider detectors, development of instrumentation and software, dark matter direct detection, non-proliferation, physical sciences and oncology.
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Isadore M. Singer, Professor Emeritus. Mathematics, physics, partial differential equations, geometry.
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George F. Smoot, Professor Emeritus. Cosmology, physics, astrophysics experiments, observational astrophysics, observing our galaxy, the cosmic background radiation, ground-based radio-telescope observations, balloon-borne instrumentation, satellite experiments, the NASA cosmic background.
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Herbert M. Steiner, Professor Emeritus. Physics, particle experiments, experimental particle physics, high energy fission, experiments with antiprotons, pion-nuleon and nucleon -nucleon scattering with polarized targets, pi-N phase shift analyses, the spin and intrinsic parity of hyperons.
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M. Lynn Stevenson, Professor Emeritus.

Mark Strovink, Professor Emeritus. Physics, discrete symmetries, particle experiments, absolute predictions fundamental tenets of the standard model, charge parity, nonconservation in K meson decay; establishment of upper limits on the quark charge radius, effects of gluon radiation.
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Mahiko Suzuki, Professor Emeritus. Physics, chiral symmetry, particle theory, electroweak symmetry, supersymmetry, standard model of particle interaction, heavy quark symmetry, B meson physics, disoriented chiral condensate, semileptonic D and B decays.
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George H. Trilling, Professor Emeritus. Physics.
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Robert D. Tripp, Professor Emeritus. Physics.
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+ Eyvind H. Wichmann, Professor Emeritus. Physics.
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Peter Y. Yu, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

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Department Chair

Wick Haxton, PhD

366 LeConte Hall

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Student Services Manager

Claudia Trujillo

376 LeConte Hall

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Graduate Adviser

Anne Takizawa

372 LeConte Hall

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Graduate Adviser

Donna Sakima

370 LeConte Hall

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Undergraduate Adviser

Kathy Lee

368 LeConte Hall

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Undergraduate Adviser

Amanda Dillon

374 LeConte Hall

Phone: 510-664-7557

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amjdillon@berkeley.edu

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