Materials Physics

Courses descriptions,
Specialization in Materials Physics

If you opt for the Materials Physics specialization of the Master’s programme in Applied Physics, you will take four required general track courses. In addition, you will take two chair-specific courses, depending on the research group where you wish to complete your graduation assignment. In addition, the various research groups offer a number of elective courses for you to choose from.

General Track Courses:

In the four general track courses Theoretical Solid State Physics, Surfaces and Thin Layers, Nanophysics and Advanced Materials you will learn more about low-dimensional systems with typical length scales in the range of 1-100nm, solid-state physics and advanced materials, for example.

Courses offered by the various research groups

You will take different required courses depending on the research group where you will be doing your graduation assignment. Each research group has a number of required courses and some recommended courses. Below you will find a brief overview of the courses offered.

Physics of Interfaces and Nanomaterials

The Physics of Interfaces and Nanomaterials research group has two required courses: Modern topics in condensed matter physics and a second course, which will be decided on in consultation with the chair.

An addition to the two required courses, we also have recommended courses:

  • Applied Quantum Mechanics: an introduction to quantum mechanics;
  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics: get acquainted with some of the more advanced tools of quantum mechanics, such as representation theory, Green functions, second quantization and quantum fields;
  • Introduction to the Physics of Correlated Electrons: discover the physics of correlated electronic systems;
  • Capillarity phenomena: this course focuses is on fundamental concepts described within the context of fluid dynamics, and deals with a variety of classical phenomena of microscopic fluid flows;
  • a Capita Selecta Course: in this course, you will deal with chair-specific activities that are not part of the regular courses.

Interfaces and Correlated Electron Systems

The Interfaces and Correlated Electron Systems research group’s required courses are Introduction to Superconductivity and Introduction to the Physics of Correlated Electrons.

The recommended course is a Capita Selecta Course, which is used for chair-specific activities that are not part of the regular courses.

Quantum Transport in Matter

The Quantum Transport in Matter research group’s required courses are Introduction to Superconductivity and Introduction to the Physics of Correlated Electrons.

The recommended course is a Capita Selecta Course, which is used for chair-specific activities that are not part of the regular courses.

Computational Materials Science

The Computational Materials Science research group’s required courses are Electronic structure theory I and II, in which you will study a number of the most important methods for calculating the electronic structure of solids.

Recommended courses include:

  • Applied Quantum Mechanics: in which you will learn more about quantum mechanics;
  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics: an introduction to some of the more advanced tools used in quantum mechanics;
  • Numerical techniques for partial differential equations: which concerns the numerical discretization of partial differential equations and their associated implementation and testing in realistic exercises;
  • Quantum Optics: in which the quantum properties of light will be studied and ground-breaking experiments as a guide will be taken; and
  • a Capita Selecta Course: which is used for chair-specific activities that are not part of the regular courses.

Quantum Emitters, Wave Optics, Introduction to the physics of correlated electrons and Theory of Complex Functions are also recommended courses.  

Energy Materials Systems

Energy Materials Systems concerns material aspects, fluid mechanics and mass/heat transfer. The Advanced materials course is required for all students. Furthermore, you will choose two of the following four courses: Advanced fluid mechanics, Theoretical Solid-State Physics, Surfaces and Thin Layers or Nanophysics.

Chair-specific courses include

  • Introduction to Superconductivity and Applications of Superconductivity: where you will learn more about superconductivity and its application; and
  • Cryogenic Science and Technology: which focuses on the science and technology of materials at very low temperatures and their associated applications.

Recommended courses include

  • Experimental Techniques in Physics of Fluids: during this course, you will become acquainted with different standard and modern techniques for flow measurements;
  • Numerical Techniques for Partial Differential Equations: get familiar with the numerical discretization of partial differential equations and their associated implementation and testing, in realistic exercises;
  • Energy Systems: this course focuses on power and heat/cold generation, based on available waste and renewable energy sources;
  • Electrical Power Engineering and System Integration: an introduction to modern electrical power systems and networks;
  • Energy and Economy: a non-technical course, focusing on the socio-economic context of sustainable energy technology;
  • Hydrogen Technology: learn to understand the challenges that need to be overcome for the development and realization of a hydrogen-based energy economy;
  • a Capita Selecta Course: in this course, you will deal with chair-specific activities that are not part of the regular courses.

Research Groups

Would you like to know more about the various research groups? Check out our website to learn about the research being conducted at the University of Twente.

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