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Physics and Astronomy - Physics

There are two sub-streams within the Physics stream: Atomic and Particle Physics and Condensed Matter Physics.

Stream Representative
Daven Armoogum:

Atomic and Particle Physics sub-stream

to provide an introduction to the basic concepts of quantum theory and its application to the physics of atoms, molecules, nuclei and particles, reaching a level where specialist courses or project work are accessible.


Students who complete this sub-stream will understand:

  • the formal structure of quantum theory and how quantum mechanics can be applied to a range of microscopic physical systems
  • the experimental properties and quantum explanation of the behaviour of atoms and molecules, both in isolation and in interaction with fields and radiation
  • the observed phenomena of nuclear and particle physics and the models used to explain them

 Condensed Matter Physics sub-stream

The Condensed Matter stream covers the fundamental physics underlying the properties of solid and liquid matter.


Students who complete this stream will understand:

  • the classical and quantum mechanics of atomic and molecular interactions, and how these are used within a framework of statistical mechanics
  • the thermal, optical, mechanical and electronic properties of condensed matter systems
  • the principles that can lead to an appreciation of materials science and the emerging field of nanotechnology

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