|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Problem Sheets||30%|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours Examination||70%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours Examination||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Critically evaluate experimental techniques with respect to their utility in structure determination in condensed matter physics.
Identify and classify crystal structures and defects in terms of symmetry and space groups using appropriate symbols and terminology.
Demonstrate familiarity with the physics and experimental materials science of Soft Matter systems (e.g. polymers).
Explain and discuss the physical phenomena associated with Superconductivity and Superfluidity.
Describe and critically evaluate the distinctive properties of nanoscale materials and nanoparticles.
This module builds on the fundamental condensed matter physics developed in PH32410 and exposes students to some advanced topics and current research. Indicative topics include structure determination, soft matter, superconductivity & phase transitions, and nanomaterials. Technological applications of functional materials are introduced alongside the physics supporting them.
- Microscopy techniques (e.g. AFM, STM, SEM, TEM)
- Crystalline symmetry and space groups.
- Defects and disorder.
- Rheological overview of "Soft Matter"
- Introduction to polymers; physical, mechanical, chemical and thermodynamic properties
- Soft matter physics in biology and medicine; methods including spin-resonance (ESR/NMR), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- The superconducting phase transition and the Meissner effect
- Superconducting materials and applications
- B.E. condensates and macroscopic quantum effects
- Low dimensionality and quantum confinement in solids/metals/semiconductors
- Nanoparticles and nano-synthesis
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Subject Specific Skills||Subject specific skills|
This module is at CQFW Level 6