School of Mathematics and Physics

Physics - Level 4 Modules

  • PHY4001        Physics Research Project      (60 CAT Points)

Pre-Requisites:            None

Lecturers:                    N/A

Course Content: 

Students will undertake a single research project within a Research Centre in the School or at an appropriate external organisation. Safety, risk assessment, and ethics training. Searching and evaluating scientific literature. Students will work full-time to complete all laboratory/computational results by the end of the first semester.

 

Compulsory Element:   None

Assessment:               Project Report 50%   Lab Performance 25%   Oral Presentation 10% Poster Presentation 10%   Risk Assessment 5%

  • PHY4003        Medical Radiation Research Methods        (10 CAT Points)

Pre-Requisites:            PHY2002

Lecturers:                    Professor F J Currell

Course Content: 

Interactions of radiation with matter; Introduction to radio-biology; Interaction of Charged Particles with Biological Matter; Modern approaches to Radiotherapy; Selected Modern Radiation Research Topics

 

Compulsory Element:   None         

Assessment:                  Project Report 80%   Assignment 20%  

  • PHY4004        Medical Radiation Simulation         (10 CAT Points)

Pre-Requisites:      None

Lecturers:              Professor F J Currell

Course Content: 

Introduction to a basic Linux scientific computational environment. Introduction to Monte-Carlo radiation transport simulation. Proton and photon interactions with matter. Applications of radiation transport to simulate aspects of medical imaging and radiotherapy. Validation of simulations and assessment of errors

 

Compulsory Element:                None      

Assessment:            Project Report 70%   Assignment 30%  

  • PHY4005        Planetary Systems     (10 CAT Points)

Pre-Requisites:                  PHY3003

Lecturers:                          Dr N Gibson, Dr C Watson

Course Content: 

Understand the structure of planetary systems and protoplanetary disks, and describe how they are formed through the comparison of observations and theory.

Understand different techniques for exoplanet discovery and calculate the values of planetary system parameters required for this.

Use knowledge of physics to constrain the orbital evolution of planets and their interior structure.

Describe the observed properties of planetary atmospheres by combining measurements with theory, and explain how these properties allow possible habitats for life to be evaluated.

Compulsory Element:   None

Assessment:                  Examination 50%   Project Presentation 30%    Assignment 20%  

  • PHY4006        High-energy Astrophysics    (10 CAT Points)

Pre-Requisites:                  PHY3003

Lecturers:                          Dr K Maguire

Course Content: 

Observational overview, Accreting neutron stars and pulsars, Pulsar emission mechanisms, Black holes, active galactic nuclei, explosive transients (gamma-ray bursts, supernovae), and supernova remnants, Role of jets, Non-electromagnetic processes; cosmic rays, gravitational waves, Particle acceleration, Radiation processes (e.g., Bremsstrahlung, inverse Compton, etc.), Stellar dynamos, Flux emergence, Magnetic topologies, Zeeman + Hanle effects, Magnetic reconnection and flares.

 

Compulsory Element:   None         

Assessment:                  Examination 50%   Project Presentation 30%   Assignment 20% 

  • PHY4007        Physics Single Project           (10 CAT Points)

Pre-Requisites:                  None

Lecturers:                          Dr B Dromey

Course Content: 

Basic laser physics:  Population inversion and laser materials, gain in a laser system, saturation, transform limit, diffraction limit

Short pulse oscillators: Cavities, Q-switching, cavity modes, mode locking

Amplification: Beam transport considerations (B-Integral), chirped pulse amplification, stretcher and compressor design, white light generation, optical parametric chirped pulse amplification.

Different types of lasers: Fiber lasers, laser diodes, Dye lasers, high performance national and international laser facilities

Applications of state of the art lasers: Intense laser-matter interactions, high harmonic generation: perturbed atoms to relativistic plasmas, generation of shortest pulses of electromagnetic radiation

 

Compulsory Element:   None         

Assessment:                                     Class /On-line Tests x2 50%   Assignment x2 50%

  • PHY4008        Plasma Physics          (10 CAT Points)

Pre-Requisites:                  None

Lecturers:                          Dr S Kar

Course Content: 

Introduction to Plasmas: applications, fundamental concepts

Single particle orbit theory: Motion of charged particles in constant/varying electric and magnetic fields, particle drift

Plasma as Fluid: Two fluids model, Plasma oscillations and frequency.

Waves in Plasma: Electron plasma wave, Ion acoustic wave, electromagnetic wave propagation in plasma

Collisions and Resistivity: Concept of plasma resistivity, Collisional absorption of laser in plasma

Intense laser plasma Interaction: Resonance absorption, Landau damping, Ponderomotive force, Interaction in the relativistic regime, particle (electron and ion) acceleration mechanisms

 

Compulsory Element:   None         

Assessment:                Examination 50%   Assignment x2 50% 

  • PHY4009        Physics of Materials Characterisation        (10 CAT Points)

Pre-Requisites:                  None

Lecturers:                          Dr M Arredondo, Dr S Kumar

Course Content: 

Fundamental physics underlying electron microscopy-based analysis to investigate the delicate link between crystal structure and chemical composition at the nanoscale, and its impact on properties, with special focus on functional oxides and semiconductors. Physical principles of spectroscopy, Infrared and Raman spectroscopy/microscopy, Scanning nonlinear optical microscopy and scanning probe microscopy with specific applications towards study of phase transitions, domains and ferroic materials.

 

Compulsory Element:   None         

Assessment:                                     Examination 50%   Assignment x2 50% 

  • PHY4010        The Physics of Nanomaterials         (10 CAT Points)

Pre-Requisites:                  None

Lecturers:                          Dr F Huang, Dr R McQuaid

Course Content: 

Physics of nanomaterials with the emphasis on fabrication of materials and applications in magnetic recording and photonics. Magnetic recording materials including bit patterned media and spin valves.  Nanostructures for surface plasmon detection.  Optical properties of metal nanoparticles and nanostructures. Concept of metamaterials and negative refractive index materials. Examples of applications of nanophotonic devices e.g. in imaging, sensing and data storage.

 

Compulsory Element:   None         

Assessment:                                     Project Report x2 100%  

  • PHY4011        Ultrafast Science       (10 CAT Points)

Pre-Requisites:                  None

Lecturers:                          Dr J Greenwood

Course Content: 

Interaction of ultrashort laser pulses with atoms and molecules, multiphoton processes, tunnelling ionisation, high harmonic generation, attosecond pulse generation and characterisation, molecular alignment, free electron lasers, pump-probe techniques, ultrafast processes

 

Compulsory Element:   None         

Assessment:               Group Project Report 50%     On-line Test 25%   Assignment 25%

  • PHY4015        Molecular Physics     (10 CAT Points)

Pre-Requisites:                  None

Lecturers:                          Dr T Field

Course Content: 

Quantum mechanics of molecules; rotations, vibrations and electronic structure. Spectroscopy and selection rules for optical transitions. Application of Group Theory to molecules. Franck Condon principle. Photoelectron spectroscopy, electron attachment measurements, mass spectrometry and other experimental techniques in molecular physics.

 

Compulsory Element:   None         

Assessment:                                     Examination 50%    Group Project Presentation 50%