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Thompson, James Karl

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courses taught

  • PHYS 2170 - Foundations of Modern Physics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2024
    Covers special relativity, quantum mechanics and atomic structure. Completes the three-semester sequence of general physics for physics and engineering physics majors. Normally taken with the laboratory PHYS 2150. Degree credit not granted for this course and PHYS 2130.
  • PHYS 3330 - Electronics for the Physical Sciences
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    Introduces laboratory electronics for physical science students. Includes basic electronic instruments, dc bridge circuits, operational amplifiers, bipolar transistors, field-effect transistors, photodiodes, noise in electronic circuits, digital logic and microcontrollers. Students gain hands-on experience in designing, building and debugging circuits. Two lectures and one three hour laboratory per week. Concludes with a three-week project in which students design and build an experiment of their choice and present a seminar on the results.
  • PHYS 4430 - Advanced Laboratory
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Two lectures, one lab per week. Experiments introduce students to realities of the experimental physics so they gain a better understanding of theory and an appreciation of the vast amount of experimental work done in the physical sciences today. Same as PHYS 5430.
  • PHYS 7560 - Quantum Optics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2023
    Covers quantum optical and atomic systems including topics such as: coherent and squeezed states, theory of optical coherence, atom-radiation interaction, optical Bloch equations, open quantum systems, dynamics on the Bloch sphere, resonance fluorescence, beam-splitters and interferometry, entanglement and quantum information. Recommended prerequisites: PHYS 3220 and PHYS 4410.