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ENJALRAN, MATTHEW, Professor, Chairperson
FINCH, L. EVAN, Assistant Professor
HORCH, ELLIOTT, Professor, Graduate Coordinator
CUMMINGS, KAREN, Professor
SCHWENDEMANN, TODD, Associate Professor
WU, BINLIN, Assistant Professor

Applied Physics, M.S.
The Master of Science program in Applied Physics is an interdisciplinary program that offers students the opportunity to complete graduate studies in physics with a particular emphasis on applied research and technology development for industry. The program is a formally recognized Professional Science Master's degree program, meaning that in addition to science courses, students are also required to take courses in management. The program in Applied Physics has two tracks — materials science/ nanotechnology and optics/optical instrumentation — intended to develop the state's workforce in the established optics and materials science industries, as well as in the emerging nanotechnology sector.

Physics Nanotechnology, Certificate 
The Graduate Certificate in Nanotechnology (GCNT) is a three-course graduate certificate program with a prerequisite of one foundational science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) course at the advanced undergraduate level. The GCNT program provides high quality education and training experiences in the general concepts of nanotechnology and detailed knowledge and practice in the areas of characterization and synthesis of nanoscale materials. The certificate program is designed to be synergistic with the undergraduate and master's programs in the Department of Physics and is closely linked with the establishment of the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities Center for Nanotechnology (ConnSCU-CNT) at SCSU. The GCNT program is multi-institutional in its structure because select faculty from all four CSU campuses (Central, Eastern, Southern, and Western) are involved in the program, but the certificate is issued by the Department of Physics at SCSU.

Physics M.S., Educator Preparation Program
In addition to the Applied Physics program, students pursuing the Master of Science in Science Education (Secondary) may choose their concentration in physics. Admission to that program is through the Department of Science Education and Environmental Studies.

Physics 7-12, Educator Preparation Program

PHY 507 - Applied Physics Graduate Seminar

An overview of current topics in Applied Physics Research. An introduction of scientific writing, speaking and professional topics.

Prerequisite(s): graduate status in Applied Physics or dep artmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PHY 511 - Experiments and Demonstrations in Physics

A laboratory course covering the theory and operation of currently available equipment. Measurements, equipment limitations, creative use of equipment, and effective demonstrations are discussed. Two three-hour laboratories weekly.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2012

PHY 512 - Methods of Theoretical Physics

The development of the laws of physics in mathematical form. The application of these laws to physical problems and a discussion of the mathematical methods employed.

Prerequisite(s): two semesters of college calculus and eig hteen credits of undergraduate physics or departmental per mission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PHY 519 - Fundamentals of Nanoscience

Provides a highly interdisciplinary introduction to the science of nanoscale materials (nanoscience). Topics will include historical background, characterization techniques, physics and chemistry of nanoscience materials, fabrication techniques, nanoscale applications and ethical/societal considerations.

Prerequisite(s): PHY 309 and CHE 121 or equivalents.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PHY 521 - Characterization of Nanomaterials

Introduces the state-of-the-art techniques commonly used in the characterization of nanomaterials. Two important aspects of characterization, imaging and chemical analysis, are included. Emphasizes force, transmission and scanning electron microscopy.

Prerequisite(s): PHY 519 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PHY 523 - Nanosystems Laboratory

The capstone experience for the Graduate Certificate in Nanotechnology. Students chose an appropriate topic in nanotechnology in consultation with the instructor, perform a literature search, design the experiments and perform the data collection and analyses, write up the project following the style of a professional journal article, and present their results to their peers and instructor in the format of a formal scientific presentation.

Prerequisite(s): one upper-division or graduate level cour se (of at least 3 credits) in an appropriate scientific ar ea.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2014

PHY 530 - Optics and Optical Detectors

Provides the student with a basic understanding of the scientific principles associated with optics and optical image formation, as well as image capture, processing and analysis. An end-to-end treatment of the imaging system is employed to illustrate the inter-relationships of the concepts introduced. The student will become familiar with systems analyses of simple imaging systems and image analysis methods.

Prerequisite(s): PHY 309 or equivalent.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

PHY 531 - Interferometric Methods in Imaging and Precision Measurement

The interference of light is discussed in detail. Applications to high-resolution imaging and precision measurement are covered, including techniques such as electronic speckle pattern interferometry, long baseline optical interferometry and related techniques. The student will become familiar with the basic performance metrics and main types of interferometers in use today.

Prerequisite(s): PHY 530.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

PHY 580 - Special Project

The student will conduct a research project in physics either on campus or in the context of an internship with a local company. The special project may either be a technological special project or an entrepreneurial special project. There will be a product as defined in the School of Graduate Studies guidelines for special projects at the conclusion of the course.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

3 or 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PHY 590 - Thesis Research I

The student will develop a thesis proposal according to accepted style guidelines, including a current literature review of the thesis topic and a description of the project design, and begin the research.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PHY 591 - Thesis Research II

Thesis investigation conducted under the supervision of an approved adviser. Completion of the written thesis and oral defense of the research work in the thesis.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

PHY 600 - Independent Study and Research

Prerequisite: departmental permission.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017