Alexander Penin, PhD
Contact
Professor, Faculty of Science  Physics
 penin@ualberta.ca
 Phone
 (780) 4929632
 Address

2103 Centennial Ctr For Interdisciplinary SCS II
11335 Saskatchewan Drive NWEdmonton ABT6G 2H5
Overview
About
Research
Perturbative quantum field theory and its application to particle and condensed matter physics
Courses
MA PH 451  Mathematical Methods for Physics II
Application to problems in physics of method of steepest descent, Fourier and Laplace transforms; boundaryvalue problems, integral equations, and Green's functions. Prerequisites: either MA PH 351 or both of MATH 337 and MATH 311 or MATH 411.
PHYS 244  Classical Mechanics I
An intermediate course in classical mechanics, which covers several applications that are critical to a wide variety of different fields of physics including: simple, damped, and driven harmonic oscillators; coupled oscillators, conservative forces, and energy. The central part of the course introduces the calculus of variations and Lagrangian mechanics, including its application to the twobody, central force problem and Noether's theorem, which connects symmetries with conservation laws. Hamiltonian mechanics is also briefly introduced. The course concludes with the application of the linear wave equation to mechanical waves: the superposition principle, wave interference, and standing waves. Prerequisite: PHYS 124 or PHYS 144 or EN PH 131. Corequisites: MATH 102 or 125 or 127 or equivalent; MA PH 251 or MATH 201 or MATH 334 or MATH 336.
PHYS 472  Quantum Mechanics B
Review of the postulates of quantum mechanics; quantization of angular momentum; matrix representations, spin and parity; approximation methods; perturbation theory; variational and other methods; applications; scattering theory; systems of identical particles. Prerequisites: PHYS 372, and MA PH 251 or MATH 337 or ECE 341 or equivalent, and MATH 311 or 411 or MA PH 351.