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X-Ray Scattering

To learn the basic principle of X-ray diffraction which has been widely used to elucidate the structure of matters and application method through examples. To learn recent development in X-ray scattering and how it is used for the study of surface and interface.

Crystal Optics

This class deals with the fundamental theory to describe the state of polarization in the electromagnetic waves. Especially, the evolution properties of polarization during the propagation along the anisotropic crystals and its application are studied.

Selected Topics in Advanced Physics

To introduce recent topics in physics research

Advanced Semiconductor Physics

Course covers fundamental concepts of semiconducting devices and non-ideal behaviors in the device operations. The course introduces electrical transport phenomena in semiconductors and semiconductor superlattice systems.

Advanced Mathematical Physics

To learn such advanced topics as calculus of variation, Fourier series, complex functions, differential equations, special functions, numerical analysis and so on.

Advanced Quantum Mechanics

To learn such adanved topics in Quantum mechanics as Dirac equation, Lorentz Invariance, Klein-Gordon equation, Foldy-Wouihuysen transformation, Hole theory, Propagator, Second Quantization, Scattering Theory, Vacuum Polarization, Electron Self Energy, Lamb Shift and so on. Pre-requisite: Quantum machanicsⅠ

Advanced Plasma Physics

To learn plasma equilibrium, stability, dynamics, nonlinear effects and so on.

High Voltage Vacuum Insulation and Field Emission

This course covers the principle of insulation in the vacuum gap and the components of high vacuum electrodes. Insulation breakdown phenomena will be discussed for different cases such as one starting with 'pin hole' effect, due to local field emission, charged partices, and others.

Classical Mechanics

In this course, understanding of rigid body motion and small vibration problem by employing matrix transformation to principal axis and eigen value method are provided. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods are subsequently studied.

Solid State PhysicsⅠ,Ⅱ

This class covers the characteristics of general condensed matters by classical- and quantum-mechanical approaches. In this class, students will learn properties of periodic structures, lattice phonon, electron states, interaction, transport phenomena. The class focus on understanding basic theories and experimental results related to magnetic, optic, electromagnetic characteristics of condensed matters.

Seminar in Solid-State Physics

Course is based on seminar presentation regarding contemporary research topics on solid physics both from theoretical and experimental point of view.

Selected Topics in Solid-State PhysicsⅠ,Ⅱ

Course covers advanced topics in solid state physics including Green’s function method, elementary excitation, low dimensional phenomena, high Tc superconductivity, amorphous solid, and liquid crystal.

Optical Properties of Solids

This course mainly covers the optical properties of solids and emission of photoelectrons. The correlations between the dielectric constant ,which is a macroscopic variable, and the microscopic characteristics of electrons in solids are also discussed.

Radiation and Detectors

The course is designed to introduce basic concepts to radiation including electromagnetic waves, blackbody radiation, radiometry, photoemission, photoconductivity, and photovoltaic. Additionally, detection techniques of radiation by photo- and thermal detectors, coherent detection and suppression of noise are introduced.

Introduction to Photonics

This course treats propagation of waves in optical devices and waveguides, and generation of coherent radiation by lasers. Optical modulation based on electro-optic, acousto-optical effect, frequency conversion and amplification by nonlinear optical materials are also studied.

Optical Information Processing

Topics include Fourier optics, holography, spatial filters, spatial light modulators, diffraction pattern, optical pattern recognition, speckle effect, incoherent optical processing, quantum-limited image processing, nonlinear optical processing, optical memories, optical interconnects, and optical computing.


Basic concepts of electromagnetic waves, geometrical optics, aberration analysis, interference of light and its applications, diffraction, and Fourier optics are studied.


Analytical description of electromagnetic waves, temporal and spatial coherence, holography, crystal optics, and nonlinear optics are dealt with in this course.

Optical Instruments

Including the basic optical instruments such as telescopes and microscopes, various types of interferometers such as Fizeau and Twynman-Green interferometers for optical testing are studied. The basic principle of prisms, gratings and Fabry-Perot interferometers for spectroscopic applications are also studied.

Seminar in Optics

Seminar with recent international research topics selected from wide range in applied optics.

Selected Topics in OpticsⅠ

Topics include Gaussian optics and the first-order aberration theories. Additionally, methods for various optical designs are treated.

Selected Topics in OpticsⅡ

Various spectroscopic methods based on laser beam are discussed in detail. These include high-resolution spectroscopy, nonlinear spectroscopy of two- and multi-photon absorption, saturation spectroscopy and resonance phenomena.

Group Theory

This course covers group representation, application in quantum mechanics, full rotation group and momentum, solid state theory and so on.

Many-Body Theory

In this class, students will understand the characteristics of condensed matters using many-body theory. With the Green function, we will study physical properties of Fermi and Bose systems.

Guided-Wave Optics

In this course, we treat basic theories to integrated optics and discuss how electromagnetic waves propagate through various types of optical waveguides. Basic concepts of propagation mode are explored with mode analysis andoptical coupling into optical fibers.

Laser Optics

Characteristics of laser materials and basic configurations of laser resonators and amplifiers are studied. To understand lasing phenomena, theoretical models and rate equations are introduced. Furthermore, various types of lasers and different techniques such as Q-switching and active/passive mode-locking are treated for generation of laser pulses.

Lens Design

This course covers the following topics: aberration, spot diagram, optical system analysis, ray tracing, modulation transfer function (MTF), optical transfer function (OTF), merit function, optimization techniques such as damped least-squares method, and properties of optical glasses. Additionally, practical design of optical system based on commercial lens design software is studied.

Theory in Disorderded Materials

Course introduces change of physical properties accompanied by structural disordering of materials, both from theoretical and experimental point of view.

Selected Topics in Physics

This class will feature rapidly developing current trends in the selected research area or, from a specific viewpoint, topics of interest in physics and its related interdisciplines.

Special Research in Physics I, II, III

This is a research class for a special study of Ph.D. course. In this class, we study on recent theories of the selected research area. To understand the theories, experimental works may be conducted.

Thin Film and Surface Analysis

Various methods to characterize thin films and surfaces. Such characterization methods as thin film thickness measurement, structural characterization, chemical characterization, electrical properties will be covered in this course.

Thin Film Deposition

Basic theory of thin film growth and basic vacuum technology. Various thin film deposition methods such as evaporation, RF-sputtering, DC-sputtering, MBE, and CVD will also be covered.

Semiconductor Physics

This course covers the basic properties of semiconductors, band theory, energy level, charge carrier transport, thermal and optical properties, junction theory and so on.

Bifurcation Theory and Chaos

The course covers the chaos in the motion of nonlinear system and bifurcation phenomena depending on control parameters. The characteristics and applications of bifurcation theory will also be covered.

Non-Linear Optics

Nonlinear optical conversion methods of photon energy based onintense laser beams such as harmonic generation, sum and difference frequency generation, optical parametric frequency conversion, four wave mixing are introduced and their applications are studied. Additionally, various nonlinear optical spectroscopic methods and their application for material characterization are treated.

Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos

Differences between linear and nonlinear systems. Mechanical description of how chaos develops in the nonlinear systems. The applicatino of chaos theory is also covered.


This course covers Lorentz transformation, time & space, relativistic mechanics, electromagnetics, Riemann-Christoffel Curvature Tensor, field equation, Einstein equation and so on.

Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena

This course introduces the phase transition phenomena and various scaling laws near the phase transition. Various theories describing phase transition will also be covered.


Recent topics in various field of physics are discussed. Invited outside speakers as well as graduate students give presentations.

Quantum Optics

Both experimental and theoretical investigations to quantum optical properties of light are studies in detail.

Quantum Mechanics

The class treats the modern physics to understand the phenomena in microscopic system. Topics including the Schrödinger equation, the matrix representation and the angular momentum in the quantum mechanical system are studied. Additionally, simple examples in hydrogen and helium atom are treated.

Quantum MechanicsⅡ

Topics including the relativistic quantum mechanics based on fundamental quantum physics as well as field theory to study the creation, extinction, collision and radiation between particles are studied. Based on these, the applications to advance topics in particle physics, nuclear physics, solid-state physics, atomic physics and optics are treated.
※ Pre-requisites: Quantum Mechanics I

Quantum Field Theory

This course covers quantization of field, Interacting Fields and QED, Feynman Path Integral Method, Symmetries and Field, and so on.

Physics of Magnetism

Course includes fundamentals on paramagnetic, diamagnetic, and ferromagnetic materials, including concepts of domain, anisotropy, and magnetization process. The course also covers various magnetic phenomena in transition metals and transition-metal oxides.

Selected Topics in Magnetism Ⅰ, II

Course includes electrical transport phenomena in magnetic materials including Heisenberg Hamiltonian, spin wave, and spin glass. The couse also introduces magnetic properties of magnetic oxide crystals with garnet and spinel structures, soft and hard magnetic materials, and magnetic recording materials.

Field Theory

This course covers relativity, theory of electromagnetic field, electromagnetic wave, motion of charged particles in electromagnetic field, radiation, particles in gravitational field, gravitational field equation, gravitational wave, and so on.

Low Temperature Physics

Based on various quantum effects at low temperatures, changes in mechanical, electrical, optical, and magnetic properties of materials will be discussed along with quantum field theory. The course also covers how low temperature is achieved and necessary vacuum and thermal issues.

Low-Dimensional Physics

Physical properties of one and two dimensional materials and related quantum phenomena, such as quantum Hall effect, Aharonov-Bohm effect, and Shubnikov-de Hass effect. The course also introduces various quantum effects in mesoscopic systems.

Electromagnetics I, II

The course provides the topics including the boundary condition problem in electromagnetic (EM) waves, Maxwell equation, EM waves propagation and radiation phenomena by time-varying EM field.
※ Pre-requisites: Electromagnetics in undergraduate course

Electrical Transport Theory

Course covers electrical transport phenomena in conductors, insulators, and semiconductors. Introduces current density, mobility, conductivity and their dependence on temperature, and magnetic/electric field.

Superconductor Physics

Course introduces BCS theory and Ginzburg-Landau theory as underlying superconducting principles and strengthens understanding of various superconducting phenomena. Also introduces various critical characteristics, magnetic/electric properties and magnetic flux fixation in type Ⅱ superconductors.


Basic concepts and principles ofellipsometry are treated in this course. These include Fresnel reflection coefficient, reflection coefficients of multi-layers, effective medium theory, inversion of ellipsometric equation, null ellipsometry, spectroscopic ellipsometry, modeling, nonlinear regressional analysis,and depth profiling.

Statistical Optics

Topics include applied probabilities, stochastic processes, coherence of light, Van Cittert-Zernike theorem, applicaton of laser speckle and photoelectric detection.

Statistical Mechanics

This class is design to introduce the statistical analysis of physical parameters of many particle system in equilibrium state based on probability theory and thermodynamics. Topics include the collision distribution, equilibrium conditions in various cases, phase transition, basics of quantum statistical mechanics and their applications.

Introduction to Flat Panel Display

This course basic physics of various information display devices such as LCD(Liquid Crystal Display), PDP(Plasma Display Panel), FED(Field Emission Display), and so on.

Surface Physics

The elemental and structural analysis of solid surface are discussed. The characteristics of surface properties of solids are also covered.

Introduction to Plasma Physics

Introductory topics such as single particle motion, electron fluid mechanics, transport, diffusion, and resistance of plasma will be covered.

Theory of Hydrodynamic Instabilities

This course covers mechanical descriptions of motions of fluids including plasma and their various instabilities. The progress from instabilities to chaos will also be covered.

Plasma Diagnostics

This course covers optical spectroscopy, probe, mass spectroscopy, ion-energy analysis, microwave diagnostics, and so on.

Holography and Diffractive Optics

Basic concepts and theories of holography and diffractive optics are treated. Topics deal with photo plates, holographic gratings, electromagnetic theory for diffractive gratings, optical system design including diffractive optical elements, binary optics, computer-generated holography.

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