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Physics

Stream Representative

Dr Javir Bhamrahjasvir.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:

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:

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:

and must pick at least three options from:

The Physics stream combines with: