Department of Physics


Postgraduate courses

PHYSICS 625: Selected Topics 1


Enrolment requires approval of the Head of Department and the choice of subject will depend on staff availability or on the needs of particular students.

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PHYSICS 626: Selected Topics 2


Enrolment requires approval of the Head of Department and the choice of subject will depend on staff availability or on the needs of particular students.

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PHYSICS 681: Experimental Physics


A selection of experiments appropriate to the student’s lecture courses for the Diploma. Requires the approval of the Head of Department.

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PHYSICS 690A&B: Graduate Diploma Dissertation (Physics)


To complete this course students must enrol in PHYSICS 690 A and B.

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PHYSICS 691A&B: PG Diploma Dissertation (Physics)


To complete this course students must enrol in PHYSICS 691 A and B.

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PHYSICS 701: Linear Systems


Offered: Semester 1
Credit: 15 points
Pre-/Co-requisites: 30 points from PHYSICS 315-380, or MATHS 361

Many physical situations are treated by making linear approximations to the actual behaviour and analysing the resulting systems. Topics include generalised functions, Green’s functions, convolution, sampling theory, Fourier, Laplace and Hilbert transforms, with applications to statistics, optics, solution of differential equations, filtering and digital signal processing.

Organiser: Stepane Coen

Course Outline: Physics 701

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PHYSICS 703: Advanced Quantum Mechanics


Offered: Semester 1
Credit:
15 points
Pre-/Co-requisites:
None

Includes a review of the general formalism of quantum theory, making use of Dirac notation, scattering theory, time-dependent perturbation theory, relativistic quantum mechanics and spin, many-body quantum mechanics, rotations and other symmetry operations, quantum theory of radiation and introductory quantum field theory. Applications are taken from atomic, nuclear and particle physics.

Organiser: Howard Carmichael

Course Outline: Physics 703

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PHYSICS 705: Advanced Electromagnetism and Special Relativity


Offered: Semester 1
Credit: 15 points
Pre-/Co-requisites: None

An introduction to tensors, development of the Special Theory of Relativity including kinematics, dynamics, properties of waves and a covariant formulation of electrodynamics. Charges, currents and fields in different inertial frames, electromagnetic wave propagation in media and radiation from moving charges.

Organiser: Matthew Collett

Course Outline: Physics 705

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PHYSICS 708: Statistical Mechanics and Stochastic Processes


Offered: Semester 1
Credit:
15 points
Pre-/Co-requisites:
None

Phase transitions and critical phenomena, stochastic methods, master equations, Fokker-Planck equations, stochastic differential equations.

Organiser: Dion O'Neale

Course Outline: Physics 708

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PHYSICS 726: Optoelectronics


Offered: Semester 1
Credit: 15 points
Pre-/Co-requisites: There are no formal prerequisites for this course but an understanding of the material in PHYSICS 326 will be assumed. A solid understanding of the basics of electromagnetic propagation (such as that covered in PHYSICS 325) would help since some EM- theory will be covered in the course

Laser physics including a discussion of resonator theory and laser beam diagnostics, together with mode-locked lasers, frequency stabilised lasers, non-linear optics and interferometry.

Organiser: Neil Broderick

Course Outline: Physics 726

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PHYSICS 727: Optoelectronics & Communications


Offered: Semester 2
Credit: 15 points
Pre-/Co-requisites: Physics 326 recommended

Optical data storage systems, scanners and printers, propagation in optical waveguides, non-linear effects in optical fibres, amplifiers, semiconductor laser sources, LEDs and the detection of optical radiation, optical communication systems architecture and an introduction to network topology.

Organiser: Stuart Murdoch

Course Outline: Physics 727

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PHYSICS 751: Selected Topics 2


Enrolment requires approval of the Head of Department and the choice of subject will depend on staff availability or on the needs of particular students.

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PHYSICS 754: Condensed Matter Physics


Offered: Semester 2
Credit:
15 points
Pre-/Co-requisites:
None

Modern aspects of condensed matter physics including liquids, glasses, amorphous solids, soft matter and low dimensional systems.

Organiser: Malcolm Grimson

Course Outline: Physics 754

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PHYSICS 756: Nuclear Physics


Offered: Semester 2
Credit:
15 points
Pre-/Co-requisites:
None

General properties of nuclei as described by the Liquid-Drop, Fermi Gas and Shell Models. Properties of Beta Decay, and recent developments in neutrino mass theory and experiments. Relativistic nuclear collisions, and recent theory and experiments of highly compressed nuclear matter leading to the quark-gluon plasma.

Organiser: David Krofcheck

Course Outline: Physics 756

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PHYSICS 760: Quantum Optics


Offered: Semester 2
Credit:
15 points
Pre-/Co-requisites:
None

Non-classical, squeezed and anti-bunched light, quantum theory of the interaction of light with atoms, manipulations of atoms by light.

Organiser: Howard Carmichael

Course Outline: Physics 760

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PHYSICS 780: Advanced Imaging Technologies


Offered:Semester 1
Credit:
15 points
Pre-/Co-requisites:
No formal prerequisite, but an understanding of material to at least a C+ standard in PHYSICS 340 and 211 or ENGSCI 211 will be assumed.

The physical basis and use of new imaging technologies in medicine, biomedicine and biotechnology, including electron microscoy, ultrasonic imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, CAT scanning and PET imaging. Biological applications of fluorescence and other areas of biophotonics, microarray analysis.

Organiser: Frederique Vanholsbeeck

Course Outline: Physics 780

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PHYSICS 787: Project in Physics


An independent research study potentially conducted in conjunction with an industry partner.

 

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PHYSICS 789/789A&B: Bachelor of Science (Honours) Dissertation in Physics


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PHYSICS 791: Selected Topics 3


Enrolment requires approval of the Head of Department and the choice of subject will depend on staff availability or on the needs of particular students.

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PHYSICS 792: Selected Topics 4


Enrolment requires approval of the Head of Department and the choice of subject will depend on staff availability or on the needs of particular students.

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PHYSICS 796A&B: MSc Thesis in Physics


To complete this course students must enrol in PHYSICS 796 A and B.

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GEOPHYS 711: Geophysical Fluid Dynamics


Offered: Semester 1
Credit:
15 points
Pre-/Co-requisites:
None

Explores geophysical fluid flow dynamics in the atmosphere and ocean. Rotation and stratification in the atmosphere and ocean lead to fascinating characteristics of geophysical fluid flow that will be explained mathematically and/or numerically. Topics include the general circulation, Hadley and midlatitude circulations in the atmosphere, Sverdrup balance and western boundary currents in the ocean, quasi-geostrophic model, waves, and instabilities.

Assessment: Coursework 50%, Exam 50%

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GEOPHYS 712: Climate Dynamics


Offered: Semester 2
Credit:
15 points
Pre-/Co-requisites:
None

Examines physical processes underlying Earth's climate and variations of climate in both space and time, providing a basis for understanding, observing, modelling and predicting natural and anthropogenic climate changes. Topics include Earth's energy budget, atmospheric radiation, greenhouse effect, ocean heat content, the meridional heating imbalance that drives the general circulation, and seasonal and long-term climate variations and changes.

Assessment: Coursework 50%, Exam 50%

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GEOPHYS 713: Turbulent Processes in Climate


Offered: Semester 1
Credit:
15 points
Pre-/Co-requisites:
None

Examines turbulent processes in the atmosphere, oceans, and at their interface, and the associated transport and exchange of momentum, energy, and moisture. In the atmosphere these processes include phase changes and the course will explore cloud formation, dynamics, and precipitation.

Assessment: Coursework 50%, Exam 50%

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GEOPHYS 761: Advanced Applied Geophysics I


The theory and practice of seismic and ground penetrating radar methods.Topics include basic theory, theory of methods, data acquisition, data processing, and interpretation. Students are required to select four of the five topics.

Prerequisite: GEOLOGY 361 and GEOPHYS 330.
Restriction: GEOPHYS 763.

Organiser: Kasper van Wijk

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GEOPHYS 762: Advanced Applied Geophysics 2


Offered: Semester 2
Credit:
15 points 
Pre-/Co-requisites:
None, but an understanding of stage 3 solid earth geophysics is expected (GEOPHY361 and GEOPHY330)

The theory and practice of potential field, electrical and electro-magnetic methods.Topics include basic theory, theory of methods, data acquisition, data processing and interpretation of gravity and magnetic data and of electrical data. Students are required to select four of the five topics.

Organiser: Kasper van Wijk

Course Outline: GeoPhysics 762

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GEOPHYS 763/763A&B: Advanced Applied Geophysics 3


A selection of 4 of the topics in GEOPHYS 761 and GEOPHYS 762. Either the physical principles of applied geophysical methods, or the practice of applied geophysical methods, including data acquisition, data processing, and interpretation.

Prerequisite: Either 15 points in Stage III Physics or Geophysics or GEOLOGY 361
Restriction: GEOPHYS 761, GEOPHYS 762

To complete this course students must enrol in GEOPHYS 763 A and B, or GEOPHYS 763.

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GEOPHYS 780: Special Topic


This is a practical course covering new developments in geophysical modelling. Course begins with a fieldtrip and includes lectures, labs and a computation project designed to give students a fundamental understanding of real-earth complexity in fluid/rock interactions. Wide application to topical issues in the earth sciences such as reservoir characterisation, CO2 sequestration, groundwater modelling, pollution monitoring and earthquake processes. The nature and scales of heterogeneity in crustal systems will be introduced and computational tools for seismological and geofluid flow modelling will be used to develop advanced problem- solving skills. Assessment is 100% in course.

Prerequisite: Background in maths and physics to Stage 2 level and proficiency at Matlab (or equivalent) will be assumed.

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GEOPHYS 796A&B: MSc Thesis in Geophysics


To complete these courses students must enrol in the A & B component of the course.

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MATHS 761: Dynamical Systems


Mathematical models of systems that change are frequently written in the form of nonlinear differential equations, but it is usually not possible to write down explicit solutions to these equations. This course covers analytical and numerical techniques that are useful for determining the qualitative properties of solutions to nonlinear differential equations.

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MATHS 763: Advanced Partial Differential Equations


A study of exact and approximate methods of solution for the linear partial differential equations that frequently arise in applications.

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MATHS 789: Inverse Problems (Formerly Physics 707)


Inverse problems are unstable problems that are encountered in all fields of science and engineering. Inverse problems can be characterised as problems that tolerate measurement and modelling errors poorly. Topics include: Introduction to Hilbert spaces and linear operator theory; Introduction to inverse problems; Singular value decomposition and pseudo-inverses; Tikhonov regularisation; Nonlinear problems and iterative methods; Introduction to Bayesian framework for inverse problems, Gaussian linear problems, construction of likelihood and prior models; Markov chain Monte Carlo.

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