Professor and Head of the Department
Programs leading to the degree of Master of Science in Physics and in Physical Oceanography are offered to both full and part-time students. Because Oceanography is multidisciplinary in nature, undergraduate students who plan to undertake Physical Oceanography studies are urged to consult the faculty member in charge of Physical Oceanography programs at their earliest opportunity, in order to ensure the appropriateness of their undergraduate course selections. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Physics is offered through both full-time and part-time study in Atomic and Molecular Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, and Physical Oceanography. The following Departmental Regulations are supplementary to the General Regulations governing the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. A thorough familiarity with the latter Regulations should be regarded as the prerequisite to further reading in this section.
The Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography compiles, and regularly reviews, a brochure which contains reasonably detailed descriptions of currently active research projects, as well as a comprehensive listing of recent research publications, and other material which may be of interest to prospective graduate students.
MASTER OF SCIENCE
1. Admission to a M.Sc. program in the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography is normally restricted to candidates holding an Honours B.Sc. degree in Physics. However, depending on background and area of specialization and with particular reference to Physical Oceanography, other Baccalaureate degrees in science, applied science or mathematics, may be accepted.
2. A program of study for the M.Sc. degree in Physics or Physical Oceanography shall normally include a minimum of 12 graduate credit hours. However, depending on the student’s background and area of specialization, more or fewer graduate and/or undergraduate courses may be required.
3. Except with the special permission of the Department and the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies, a candidate may not take any courses in addition to those approved for his/her M.Sc. program.
4. Before submission of the thesis to the School of Graduate Studies for examination, the student must present a seminar on the topic of his/her thesis research.
In accordance with Senate’s Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Head of the Department.
A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates, as far as the resources of the Department will allow:
6000. Condensed Matter Physics I
6001. Condensed Matter Physics II
6003. Path Integral Techniques in Condensed Matter Physics
6010-19. Special Topics in Condensed Matter Physics
6060-69. Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Areas
6200. Nonlinear Dynamics
6308. Ocean Dynamics I
6309. Ocean Dynamics II
6310. Physical Oceanography
6313. Physical Fluid Dynamics
6315. Polar Oceanography
6316. Ocean Measurements and Data Analysis
6317. Ocean Acoustics
6318. Numerical Modeling
6319. Climate Dynamics
6321. Coastal Oceanography
6322. Stratified Fluids
6323. Stability Theory
6324. Models in Ocean Ecology
6360-69 (excluding 6363). Special Topics in Physical Oceanography
6363. Laboratory Experiments in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
6400. Statistical Mechanics
6402. Theory of Phase Transitions
6721. Molecular Spectroscopy
6760-69. Special Topics in Atomic and Molecular Physics
6800. Group Theory
6810-19. Special Topics in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
6850. Quantum Mechanics I
6851. Quantum Mechanics II
6910-19. Special Topics in Experimental and Applied Physics
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CREDIT MAY BE OBTAINED FOR ONLY ONE COURSE FROM EACH OF THE PAIRS OF COURSES LISTED IN THIS TABLE
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Members of the department carry out research in several areas of experimental
and theoretical physics, including atomic and molecular physics, condensed
matter physics, physical oceanography, theoretical geophysics and applied
nuclear physics. In atomic and molecular physics, there are experimental
programs in collision-induced infrared absorption spectroscopy, electron
emission spectroscopy of simple molecules, molecular ions and free radicals,
laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy, and theoretical
work on atomic and molecular collisions. The work in condensed matter physics
includes experimental programs in solid state nuclear magnetic resonance
on systems of biophysical interest, Raman spectroscopy of lipid bilayers
and membranes, studies of phase transitions using Brillouin and Raman spectroscopy,
studies of instabilities and pattern formation in simple fluid dynamical
systems, and spectroscopic studies of molecular crystals. Theoretical condensed
matter physics research involves studies of magnetism, superconductivity,
and the statistical mechanics of polymers and lipid bilayers. The physical
oceanography group carries out field and laboratory research on several projects
which take advantage of Newfoundland's unique oceanographic environment,
using acoustic and other remote sensing techniques. These include studies
of circulation on the Newfoundland and Labrador shelves, Labrador current
dynamics, fjord dynamics, submarine canyons and sediment transport dynamics
in the nearshore zone and on the shelf. Theoretical oceanographic studies
involve the modelling of ocean circulation, gravity wave phenomena and other
aspects of ocean dynamics. Research in theoretical geophysics is concentrated
on whole-Earth dynamics, with special emphasis on the physics of the liquid
core (the Earth's "third ocean") as inferred from its wave spectrum and the
associated momentum transfer to the deformable solid parts of the Earth.
In nuclear physics, research is done on the atmospheric concentrations of
radioactive elements and on dosimetry for medical applications.
NOTE: For Geophysics, see EARTH SCIENCES
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