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Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

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Key Programme Information

Entry Year

2017

Programme length

3 year(s)

School

Mathematics and Physics

Overview

Major developments include:

  • Strong field laser interactions with atoms and molecules, especially attosecond and free-electron-laser sources
  • Quantum information processing, quantum optics, and quantum thermodynamics
  • Antimatter interactions with atoms and molecules, especially the role of vibrational Feshbach resonances
  • Electron scattering by very complex targets such as the iron peak elements, of considerable importance in astrophysics, and by Rydberg atoms
  • Quantum many-body physics, ultracold atomic systems, and simulation of their features
  • Foundations of quantum mechanics

RESEARCH STRENGTHS

  • Atomic data for astrophysics and fusion research
  • Atomic many-body theory
  • Atomic structure and properties
  • Collisions of electrons, photons, positrons, ions and atoms with ions, atoms and molecules
  • Multiphoton processes, including multiphoton ionisation, harmonic generation, and ultra-fast (multi-)electron dynamics induced by attosecond pulses
  • Quantum information theory, quantum many-body systems, quantum statistical mechanics, and quantum theory on light-matter interaction

Entry Requirements

A research degree offers you the opportunity to develop your research skills and prove yourself as a researcher. Queen's is committed to the enhancement of research training and teaching and offers postgraduate research opportunities across all fields of study. The following postgraduate research study routes for this subject area are:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

Mode of study/Duration

Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil/MD (or part-time equivalent).

English Language Requirements

International students (where English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component (*taken within the last 2 years) is required. For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level. 
  • Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

FEES AND FUNDING For fees, funding and further information see: go.qub.ac.uk/pgstudy

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How To Apply

Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

Professor Mauro Paternostro
Centre for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (CTAMOP) School of Mathematics and Physics
Tel: 9097 1907
Email: applied.maths@qub.ac.uk
WWW: http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofMathematicsandPhysics/Research/CTAMOP

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Special Features

  • Development of major computer packages used by scientists throughout the world to study atomic and molecular processes and their applications and simulate quantum many-body physics.
  • Large group in theoretical atomic, molecular and optical physics worldwide.
  • Leadership-level, high-performance computing; grid-computing applications.
  • Strong international collaborative research links.
  • World-leading expertise in the simulation and manipulation of quantum many-body systems and the implementation of protocols for quantum information processing in discrete and continuous variable systems.
  • Pioneering work in the burgeoning field of quantum technologies and quantum thermodynamics.

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