**Stream Representative**

Dr Jasvir Bhamrah: jasvir.bhamrah@ucl.ac.uk

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

**Atomic and Particle Physics sub-stream**

**Aims**

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.

**Objectives**

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**

**Aims**

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

**Objectives**

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

- Year 1
All Physics stream students must take:

- Modern Physics, Astronomy & Cosmology
- Mathematical Methods 2
- Thermal Physics and the Properties of Matter

Students who are combining Physics stream with Mathematics and Statistics stream must also take:

- Year 2
All Physics stream students must take:

Those specalising in the

**Atomic and Molecular Physics**sub-stream will take:and those specalising in the

**Condensed Matter Physics**sub-stream will take:If students are thinking to major in Physics, it is recommended they take:

- Electricity and Magnetism (or equivalently Electromagnetism, Fluids and Waves unless already taken)

- Year 3
All Physics stream students must take:

Those specalising in the

**Atomic and Molecular Physics**sub-stream will take:and those specalising in the

**Condensed Matter Physics**sub-stream will take:If students are majoring in Physics, they must pick one option from:

- Year 4
All student majoring in Astrophysics must take:

- Physics Project - MSci Research Project

and must pick at least three options from:

- Atom and Photon Physics
- Advanced Quantum Theory
- Quantum Field Theory (requires Advanced Quantum Theory)
- Quantum Computation & Communication (Advanced Quantum Theory recommended)
- Particle Physics
- Advanced Topics in Statistical Mechanics
- Physics of Advanced Materials
- Theoretical Condensed Matter
- Molecular Physics
- Order & Excitations in Condensed Matter
- Techniques of High Performance Computing
- Molecular Biophysics

The Physics stream combines with:

- Physical Chemistry
*(in particular the Atomic and Particle Physics sub-stream)* - Inorganic and Materials Chemistry
*(in particular the Condensed Matter Physics sub-stream)* - Geophysical Sciences
- Molecular and Cell Biology
- Mathematics and Statistics
- History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science