Exact Sciences Master Guide2005/2006


Condensed Matter Science (http://www.uvavu.nl/)



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Condensed Matter Science (http://www.uvavu.nl/)

  1. Programme


This interdisciplinary Master programme, offered in collaboration with the Departments of Physics and Chemistry of the Universiteit van Amsterdam, encompasses all aspects of the physics and chemistry of solid and soft materials. It offers students the opportunity to acquire a solid basic knowledge on the behaviour of condensed matter and its constitutive molecules, how to observe it experimentally, or model it theoretically and with simulations. After completion of the programme, the Condensed Matter Science (CMS) Master has:

  • a solid know how at academic level in physics and/or chemistry

  • participated in academic research on a CMS subject at the international fore-front

  • been trained in doing research in a systematic and project-based manner in collaboration with co-researchers and engineers

  • been trained in using the relevant complex instruments and software

  • acquired the capability of writing scientific papers as well as papers for the general public

The Condensed Matter Science Programme can be taken either with an emphasis on research, on communication and education skills, or on society oriented skills. As a consequence, our Master's graduates are well equipped to pursue a successful career in academia, industry, or public life.

 

The programme leaves enough space for students to broaden their scope and develop their skills in the area that suits them best.



The graduation project starts at the end of the first year in one of the participating research groups. The research project is concluded with a presentation and a written report.

 

Coordinator VU-physics: dr. B. Dam



 

Participating research groups:

  • Condensed Matter Physics (VU, http://www.nat.vu.nl/cond/)

  • Theoretical Physics: Complex Systems (VU, http://www.nat.vu.nl/theo/)

  • Solid State Physics (UvA, http://www.science.uva.nl/research/wzi/)

  • Complex Fluids (UvA, http://www.science.uva.nl/research/its/research/complex fluids/index.html)

  • Soft Condensed Matter (UvA, http://www.science.uva.nl/research/wzi/).

  • Simulations of macromolecules (UvA, http://www.amolf.nl/research/computational physics/)

  • Statistical physics and condensed matter theory, (UvA, http://www.science.uva.nl/research/itf/theme2.html - theme2)


      1. Compulsory courses


Two required.


Course code

Course name

Cr.

Period

420057

Principles of Condensed Matter Science

6

1

420099

Electronic Structure and Chemistry of Solids

6

2

420032

Intermolecular and Surface Forces

6

4

420004

Advanced Solid State Physics

6

4



      1. Optional courses


At least two optional courses from the list.


Course code

Course name

Cr.

Period

420082

Numerical Techniques

6

1

420037

Nanoprobes, Spectroscopy and Scattering

6

1

420113

Elementary Methods in Experimental Physics

6

2

420075

Transport Phenomena

6

2

420065

Science and Technology of Hydrogen in Metal

6

4

420100

Statistical Physics and Condensed Matter Theory II

6

4 and 5

420060

Putting Electrons to Work: the Science behind Modern Devices

6

5

420055

Pattern Formation in Complex Systems

6

5

420083

Statistical Physics and Condensed Matter Theory I

6

1 and 2, 6 cp and optional in period 3, 2 cp.



      1. Other optional courses





Course code

Course name

Cr.

Period

420117

Principles of Biophysics

6

1

420036

Molecular Photochemistry and Photophysics

6

1

420033

Introduction to Lasers and Techniques

6

1

420006

Atoms, Molecules and Light

6

1

435633

Molecular Simulation

6

3



    1. Laser Sciences (http://www.nat.vu.nl/~wim/masters/intro.html)

      1. Programme


The two universities in Amsterdam hold a strong position in research in several areas of atomic and laser physics, photochemistry, photophysics and photobiology. By bringing together the scientific expertise of a number of research groups a training programme for M.Sc. students in Laser Sciences/Molecular PhotoSciences can be offered which is of a high international standard, and unique in The Netherlands. This broad programme is open to students of physics and chemistry.

The common denominator in the scientific interests of the participating groups is the interaction of light and matter. This common aspect ensures the coherence of the M.Sc. programme. At the same time, the various groups have their own specialisation, comprising a wide spectrom with atomic spectroscopy, cold atom physics and quantum optics at one side of the spectrum and organic, inorganic and biochemistry, physical chemistry at the other end of the spectrum. Thus, the programme is both coherent and broad, offering a clear leading thread while allowing the flexibility to satisfy the interests of students with different backgrounds and interests.

 

The programme is aimed at attracting students with a B.Sc. in physics or in chemistry, and offers a broad programme of two years duration that covers the areas of atomic physics, in particular cold-atom physics, quantum optics, molecular photochemistry and photophysics from small organic and inorganic molecules to biomolecules and from basic scientific knowledge generation to applications in analytical chemistry and materials science. The programme is flexible, allowing the students to develop their skills in the area that suits them best, be it physics or chemical physics. The programme focuses on research, but it should not only be considered as a training for future Ph.D. students. The students who complete it will have developed the academic skills that will make them very valuable for other jobs in industry and education.



 

Coordinator VU-physics : dr. W. Vassen.

 

Courses

Students doing a major in physics in the programme Laser Sciences are obliged to take two out of three courses offered in period 1 and two out of the four courses in period 2. Considerable freedom is left for the students to take courses from other master's programmes. In periods 4-6 several optional courses are offered that are more specialised and connect to the long research training period.

 

There are more optional courses in this master's programme. Contact the coordinators for details.



 

Participating research groups:

  • Atomic and Laser Physics (VU, http://www.nat.vu.nl/atom/)

  • Biophysics (VU, http://www.nat.vu.nl/bio/)

  • Quantum Gases (UvA, http://www.amolf.nl/research/quantum_gases/main.html)

  • Physics of Complex Systems (VU, http://www.nat.vu.nl/compl/)

  • Theoretical Physics: Quantum Electronics and Quantum Optics (VU, http://www.nat.vu.nl/theo/)

  • Atomic Physics and Quantum Optics (UvA, http://www.science.uva.nl/research/aplp/index.htm)


      1. Compulsory courses


(a) two out of three courses in period 1 compulsory; (b) two out of five courses in period 2, 4 and 5 compulsory.


Course code

Course name

Cr.

Period

420036

Molecular Photochemistry and Photophysics

6

1

420033

Introduction to Lasers and Techniques

6

1

420006

Atoms, Molecules and Light

6

1

420113

Elementary Methods in Experimental Physics

6

2

420144

Advanced Biophysics

6

2

420085

Molecular Reaction Dynamics

6

2

420003

Advanced Quantum Mechanics

6

4

420118

Advanced Electrodynamics and Quantum Optics

6

4 and 5



      1. Optional courses


(c) other optional course to be announced (see website)


Course code

Course name

Cr.

Period

420089

Elementary Events in Photobiology

6

4

420088

Advanced Femtosecond Lasers and Techniques

6

4

420091

Cold Atoms

6

5

420090

Spectroscopy, Astrophysics and the Earth's Atmosphere

6

5



    1. Particle and Astroparticle Physics (http://master.particles.nl/)

      1. Programme


What are the smallest building blocks ("particles") of the universe? Via which forces do these particles interact? Can one understand the apparently random particle masses? Why do we live in a matter (as opposed to anti-matter) dominated universe? These and many other questions are the context of experiments and theoretical work in (astro) particle physics.

In particle accelerator experiments physicists investigate high energy

interactions in a controlled environment that is thought to approach the

conditions in the universe at a fraction of a second after the Big Bang.

In non-accelerator experiments the phycists study the neutrino radiation

from the sun, supernova and other speculative sources.

Common features of the experiments in this field of physics are the state-of-

the-art technology and innovative software (like distributed computing with

the GRID-project).

 

Coordinators: dr. T.J. Ketel (VU), dr. E. de Wolf (UvA)



 

Participating research groups:

  • Subatomic Physics (VU, http://www.nat.vu.nl/sub/)

  • UvA research group at the National Institute for Nuclear and High Energy Physics (NIKHEF)

  • Physics Department of Utrecht University
      1. Compulsory courses





Course code

Course name

Cr.

Period

420052

Particle Physics I

6

1 and 2

420051

Particle Detection

6

1 and 2

420053

Particle Physics II

6

4 and 5

420005

Astroparticle Physics

6

4 and 5



      1. Optional courses and projects





Course code

Course name

Cr.

Period

420081

Introductory Quantum Field Theory

6

1 and 2

420067

Statistical Data Analysis

6

1 and 2

420115

NIKHEF project

6

1, 2 and 3

420141

Programming C++

3

3

420112

Particles and Fields

6

4 and 5

420129

High Energy Astrophysics

6

4 and 5

420025

Group Theory

6

4 and 5

420116

CERN Research Project

6

6

420122

CERN Summerstudent Lecture Programme

3

6



    1. Biophysics and Physics of Complex Systems (http://www.nat.vu.nl/bio/ http://www.nat.vu.nl/compl/)

      1. Programme


The sections of Biophysics and Physics of Complex Systems are involved in the research of the physics of life and life processes. Some important foci of the research activities are: understanding cargo transport within living cells by molecular motors using single molecule manipulation techniques, the transfer of light energy from the sun into usable energy within cells by photosynthesis, the mechanics of DNA/enzyme interaction such as the packaging and ejection of DNA by viruses, the elementary events in enzyme reaction dynamics such as proton and electron transfer and ultrafast protein dynamics, etc. Most of the research techniques within the groups involve laser technology, such as the manipulation of biomolecules with optical tweezers, ultrafast laser-spectroscopic methods to catch biomolecules in action, various fluorescence techniques, single molecule techniques etc.

 

Students can enter the program with a bachelor degree in (Medical) Physics, in Chemistry, and in Medical Natural Sciences (MNW). Depending on the entry study, skills and interest of the student the course load can be developed and adjusted to fit the individual needs. With this masters program the student will develop broad skills of important for industry, medical applications and educational careers. Moreover, it can also serve as the basis of a PhD career.



 

The main part of the program consists of a one-year research project in one of the research groups involved in this program (see the Participating Groups). At the end of this project, a Masters Thesis will be produced. The program consists furthermore of a number of courses, divided in mandatory, and elective courses.



 

Participating research groups 

  • Biophysics (contact person: dr. J.P. Dekker, http://www.nat.vu.nl/bio/)

  • Physics of Complex Systems (contact person: dr. ir. G.J.L. Wuite, http://www.nat.vu.nl/compl/)
      1. Compulsory courses


Two compulsory.


Course code

Course name

Cr.

Period

420117

Principles of Biophysics

6

1

420144

Advanced Biophysics

6

2

430055

Techniques in Molecular Biophysics

6

3



      1. Optional courses


It is strongly advised to choose at least two courses out of this list.


Course code

Course name

Cr.

Period

420033

Introduction to Lasers and Techniques

6

1

420006

Atoms, Molecules and Light

6

1

420057

Principles of Condensed Matter Science

6

1

430056

Molecular Biology

6

4

420003

Advanced Quantum Mechanics

6

4

420089

Elementary Events in Photobiology

6

4

420088

Advanced Femtosecond Lasers and Techniques

6

4

420001

Advanced Statistical Physics

6

4 and 5

420118

Advanced Electrodynamics and Quantum Optics

6

4 and 5

420055

Pattern Formation in Complex Systems

6

5

420050

Parameter Estimation

3

On request.

420015

Digital Signal Processing

3

On request.





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