University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Physics

Masters in Physics

The M.S. degree requires thirty credit hours of course work course work and thesis research for graduation. At least six of these, but no more than 15, must be Master's thesis research credits. At least nine credit hours must be taken from 300-level courses, the remaining courses can be taken at the 200-level. At least 21 credit hours must be taken at UVM in order to satisfy residency requirements. At the start of their second semester at UVM, students are expected to sit for the written part of the Comprehensive Exam which covers classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, electricity and magnetism, statistical thermal physics, modern physics, and experimental physics. Students are given two opportunities to pass the comprehensive exam. In addition to the written portion, there is also an oral portion that consists of a Master's thesis proposal given after the start of a thesis research project.

Research within the department is broadly defined in three categories

Theoretical and Experimental Condensed Matter Physics- including dynamics of quantum systems with application to electronic, magnetic, optical, structural, and thermal properties of nanomaterials (eg. fullerene-derived solids and nanotubes); quantum many-body physics, superconductivity and superfluidity, electronic properties of graphene and its derivatives, strongly-correlated electronic systems and quantum magnetism, spintronics, optical properties and magnetism of thin films, organic semiconductors and nanostructures (Professors: Clougherty, Del Maestro, Kotov, Headrick, Furis)

Astrophysics - the use of radio astronomy to study pulsars. (Professor: Rankin)

Biological Physics - this includes use of Atomic Force Microscopy to study DNA, lipid membranes, and viruses; studies of the application of ultrasound to biological systems; protein crystallography to study the shapes of proteins and how function follows form. (Professors: Wu, Spartalian, Yang)

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