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Peter Arnold

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Physics
Office location and address
320 JBL
382 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D., 1986, Stanford
The University of Virginia, Theoretical High Energy Physics
Source: U.S. Department Of Energy - Chicago
May 01, 2012 – March 31, 2019
PHYS 3210: Classical Mechanics
Credits: 3
Statics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies treated with extensive use of vector calculus; includes the Lagrangian formulation of mechanics. Prerequisite: MATH 3255 (preferred) or MATH 3250, and PHYS 1720, or instructor permission.
PHYS 3430: Electricity and Magnetism II
Credits: 3
Includes Maxwell's equations; electromagnetic waves and their interaction with matter; interference, diffraction, polarization; waveguides; and antennas. Prerequisite: PHYS 3420.
PHYS 3650: Quantum Physics I
Credits: 3
Includes quantum phenomena and an introduction to wave mechanics; the hydrogen atom and atomic spectra. Prerequisite: MATH 3250, PHYS 2620, and PHYS 3210, or instructor permission.
PHYS 3995: Research
Credits: 3
A research project on a topic in physics carried out under the supervision of a faculty member culminating in a written report. May be taken more than once. (S-SS) Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
PHYS 5160: Introduction to String Theory
Credits: 3
This course introduces a modern topic in theoretical high energy physics to an advanced undergraduate / beginner graduate student audience. Among the directions which are being explored are the physics of extra dimensions, and a unified treatment of gravity and electromagnetism in the context of string theory. Prerequisite: Physics 3210 (Classical Mechanics), 3430 (Electricity & Magnetism II) and 3660 (Quantum Mechanics II), or permission of the instructor.
PHYS 8999: Master Thesis Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
PHYS 9998: Pre-Qual Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For students who have not passed the Qualifying exam for doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
PHYS 9999: PhD Thesis Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.
APS Fellow [2014]

For accomplishments in developing gauge theories at high temperature.