Dr. Hermele's work focuses on identifying, characterizing and classifying states of matter in quantum many body systems, both in the contexts of solid state materials and ultracold atomic gases. Hermele is particularly interested in exotic states of matter that cannot be understood in terms of spontaneously broken symmetry and/or Landau Fermi liquid theory.
MATH 5030  Intermediate Mathematical Physics 1
Primary Instructor

Fall 2019 / Fall 2021
Surveys classical mathematical physics, starting with complex variable theory and finite dimensional vector spaces. Discusses topics in ordinary and partial differential equations, the special functions, boundary value problems, potential theory, and Fourier analysis. Department enforced prerequisite: MATH 4001. Instructor consent required for undergraduates. Same as PHYS 5030.
MATH 5040  Intermediate Mathematical Physics 2
Primary Instructor

Spring 2022
Surveys classical mathematical physics, starting with complex variable theory and finite dimensional vector spaces. Discusses topics in ordinary and partial differential equations, the special functions, boundary value problems, potential theory and Fourier analysis. Department enforced prerequisite: MATH 5030. Same as PHYS 5040.
PHYS 3320  Principles of Electricity and Magnetism 2
Primary Instructor

Spring 2023
Continuation of PHYS 3310. Electromagnetic induction; magnetic energy; microscopic theory of magnetic properties; Ac circuits; Maxwell's Equations; planewaves; waveguides and transmission lines; radiation from electric and magnetic dipoles and from an accelerated charge.
PHYS 5030  Intermediate Mathematical Physics 1
Primary Instructor

Fall 2019 / Fall 2021
This course and its continuation, PHYS 5040, form a survey of classical mathematical physics. Studies complex variable theory and finite vector spaces, and includes topics in ordinary and partial differential equations, boundary value problems, potential theory, and Fourier analysis. Same as MATH 5030.
PHYS 5040  Intermediate Mathematical Physics 2
Primary Instructor

Spring 2020 / Spring 2022
Continuation of PHYS 5030. Includes group theory, special functions, integral transforms, integral equations and calculus of variations. Recommended prerequisite: PHYS 5030. Same as MATH 5040.
PHYS 5250  Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 1
Primary Instructor

Fall 2018
Quantum phenomena, Ehrenfest theorem and relation to classical physics, applications to onedimensional problems, operator techniques, angular momentum and its representations, bound states and hydrogen atom, and SternGerlack experiment and spin and spinor wave function. Department enforced prerequisite: advanced undergraduate quantum mechanics course.
PHYS 5260  Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 2
Primary Instructor

Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
Symmetries and conservation laws, identical particle systems, approximation techniques (including timedependent and timeindependent perturbation theories and variational techniques) and their applications, scattering theory, radiative transitions, and helium atom. Recommended prerequisite: PHYS 5250.
PHYS 7250  Quantum Many Body Theory
Primary Instructor

Spring 2024
Theory of quantum many body systems, including methods based on Green's functions, Feynman diagrams, and coherent state path integral with applications to interacting quantum gases, superconductivity and superfluidity, quantum phase transitions, quantum magnetism, quantum motion in the presence of disorder, and topological states of matter.
PHYS 7450  Theory of Solid State 2
Primary Instructor

Fall 2022
Second semester of condensed matter physics, covers topics in soft condensed matter physics, liquid crystals, semiconductors, Quantum Hall effect, Fractional Quantum Hall effect, superconductivity and other topics at the discretion of the instructor.