ADVANCED PHYSICS OF QUANTUM MATTER

PHY5PQA

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students explore fundamental quantum physics and its application to understanding the electronic and thermal properties of matter. Students develop their research and problem solving skills with a range of workshop activities. This subject is available to postgraduate students as part of a group of electives which is excellent preparation for a research degree.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorChris Pakes

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in one of the following courses: SZHSMN, SMNT, PSMSC, SZHSN

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PHY3SCA, PHY3SCB, PHY3PQM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories related to physics of quantum matter.

Activities:
Problem solving techniques are modelled in lectures and workshops and partial solutions to selected problems derived in tutorials. Students are assigned a set of conceptual and mathematical problems to solve in the form of four assignments

02. Analyse, generate and transmit solutions to sometimes complex problems related to the physics of quantum matter.

Activities:
Problem solving techniques are modelled in lectures and tutorials. Students will use these techniques to solve problems in quantum matter requiring sophisticated application of the techniques.

03. Describe the recent developments in the field of quantum matter and identify areas which constitute interesting research problems. Apply research principles and methods applicable to the physics of quantum matter.

Activities:
Computational skills will be further developed and extended in workshops enabling students to solve a simple research problem related to quantum matter. Students are expected to solve the research problem individually, in consultation with demonstrators. Writing skills will be extended through the preparation of a written report summarising the approach and results. Critical thinking is encouraged through the student proposing further work related to an interesting research problem.

04. Use standard technical software to implement computational solutions to problems too complex for analytical mathematical solutions.

Activities:
Computational skills will be further extended during workshops by students writing an extended program in Matlab to model and thus solve a difficult problem in quantum matter. The program will include extensive in-line documentation as per standard professional programming practice.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorChris Pakes

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 11 - 22
Six 3.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 11 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 3-hour end of semester exam (short-answer questions) (3000 word equiv)50 01, 02
Four written assignments (2400 words in total)Solutions to short essay questions comprising both analytical and numerical (computational) solutions.40 01, 02, 04
One report on a research problem (1000 words)10 01, 02, 03