Condensed Matter and Materials Physics Theme Area
Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (CMMP) is a diverse subject covering many different specialities and attracts PhD students arriving from wide range of backgrounds with different balances of theoretical and practical training. The program of study is therefore tailored individually for each student, in consultation with his or her PhD supervisor. The overall range and level of courses offered aim to introduce students to subject areas outside the immediate confines of their thesis research, as well as providing more specialist knowledge directly relevant to each dissertation. It is envisaged that during the first two years of study every student will complete a minimum of two physics-content courses, at least one summer school, plus at least one module covering transferable skills. A typical program will comprise the following elements:
CMMP courses organised by SUPA:
These are either graduate specific or advanced masters courses made available to all centres over the SUPA videoconferencing network. Courses offered are listed below and form the backbone on the CMMP graduate school programme.
- SUPAASP Advanced Statistical Physics
- SUPACLP Chaikin and Lubensky's Principles of Condensed Matter
- SUPACCH Computational Chemistry
- SUPAEPS Interacting Electron Problem in Solids
- SUPAQFT MBQT 1 Quantum Field Theory
- SUPAFTL MBQT 1a Quantum Field Theory Light
- SUPAOQS Open Quantum Systems
- SUPATOP Modern Topics in Condensed Matter Physics
- SUPAEST Electronic Structure Theory
- SUPAQMDE Quantum Materials and Devices Experiment
- SUPAQMDT Quantum Materials and Devices Theory
- SUPAQMPT Quantum Magnetism and Quantum Phase Transitions
- SUPASCM Introduction to Soft Condensed Matter
In addition, general topics should be studied, and those of particular interest to astronomy and space physics students include advanced data analysis (an introductory prequel is also offered) and courses in different programming languages such as C++, plus transferable skills modules.
Transferable skills courses (semester 1, including the list and course description)
Transferable skills courses (semester 2, including the list and course description)Summer Schools:
Examples of appropriate summer schools include ‘Physics by the Sea’ (St Bees School, Cumbria) for those with an interest in theory and HERCULES (Grenoble, France) for those doing research involving neutron and X-ray scattering at central facilities.