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Stream Leader

Dr Jasvir Bhamrahjasvir.bhamrah@ucl.ac.uk

The aims of the Physics stream are to answer some of the most fundamental questions about the physical universe - from ‘what is the mass of the neutrino?’ to ‘how do galaxies form and evolve?’ It encompasses technological developments and applications in domains such as information processing, health-care, energy and the environment. 

    Year 1

    All Physics stream students must take:

    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:

    Year 3

    All Physics stream students must take:

    If students are majoring in Physics then they 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:

    Students should pick 0 - 30 credits from:

    Year 4

    All student majoring in Physics must take:

    Students majoring take 45 - 75 credits and students minoring take 0 - 30 credits of the following (subject to having the relevant pre-requisities):

    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

     

     

    The Physics stream combines with: