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Why choose this programme option?

A Master’s degree in Condensed Matter Physics encompasses the following fields: complex systems and materials, superconductivity and magneto-optical imaging, nanotechnology and mesoscopic physics, as well as electron microscopy and nanostructures.

In complex systems and materials, theory, experiments and computer simulation work together to increase our understanding of both classical problems in physics, such as hydro-dynamics, as well as newer questions such as granular flow, complex liquids and fracture dynamics.

Superconductivity is about materials that conduct electricity without resistance and have special magnetic characteristics. Such materials create the foundation for a range of applications, such as hover trains and high-speed electronics. Magneto-optics is a phenomenon that enables direct imaging of magnetic fields. This technique is used to study the way in which magnetic fields penetrate superconductors.

Modern technological development presupposes small-sized structures and components. We find examples in microprocessors, chemical sensors and nanomachines. This field is known as nanotechnology. Nano-systems follow the laws of quantum mechanics, but at the same time, their behaviour differs considerably from that found in atoms and molecules. This is encompassed by mesoscopic physics, and is a field that has had explosive growth during the last decade. Mesoscopic physics links quantum mechanics, statistical physics and materials science.

The study of electron microscopy and nanostructures allows you to delve deep into the fundamental physics of a vast range of materials that are of interest due to their electrical, magnetic, optical and structural characteristics. You will face interesting physics-related challenges that are important for both current and future society. You can specialise within structure analysis using transmissions electron microscopy on functional materials, for example within the fields of energy and physical electronics.

We collaborate closely with research groups in France, Germany, USA, England, Russia and Israel. Under certain circumstances, it may be possible to carry out parts of your master’s studies abroad.

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