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PHYS 3004


Course Level


Offered Externally


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University-wide elective course

First Semester
(Study Period 2)
Course owner

Course owner
School of Engineering

Course aim

To extend the student’s knowledge and understanding of some of the laws, principles and theories of physics, and to develop an appreciation of how these laws, principles and theories operate in experimental and applied physics.

Course content

Introduction to Quantum Physics: one dimensional analysis of the Schroedinger equation and the influence of various potentials.
Quantum Physics: Schroedinger equation for one-electron atom, eigenvalues and eigenfunctions for hydrogen, orbital angular momentum, electron spin, identical particles, Hartree theory for multi-electron atoms. Statistical Mechanics: Boltzmann distribution, entropy and disorder, Bose-Einstein distribution, specific heats, theories of Einstein and Debye, Fermi-Dirac distribution, electronic specific heat and examples.

Optical Communications: Optical fibres: mode analysis, solutions for step-index fibre, dispersion and losses, graded-index fibre, single-mode fibre, fibre manufacture, cables and components, connectors, joints and couplers, fibre transducers. Optical sources: laser principles, semiconductor junction lasers, light emitting diodes, fibre interface, couplings, laser safety. Detectors: avalanche photo-diode, pin photo-diode. Electro-optic devices and Integrated optics. Fibre communications: digital transmission requirements, fibre bandwidth, rise-times, optical transmitters, regenerators, system losses, rise-time calculations, performance standards, design of digital fibre systems.
Applied Electromagnetics: propagation and reflection of plane electromagnetic waves, polarization, intrinsic impedance, Electromagnetic theory of guided waves: Maxwell's equations, ray optics, wave optics. Bragg gratings, wave guide lasers. 

Physics of Advanced Materials: Structure and properties, metals, ceramics and glasses, polymers, semi-conductors, superconductivity, magnetic properties of materials, rheology, non Newtonial fluids, special materials, eg shape memory alloy, nanomaterials and quantum dots. 




Subject Area & Catalogue Number Course Name
Group 1
PHYS 2002 Physics of Materials and Technology
Group 2
PHYS 2001 Applied Physics 3
PHYS 2004 Applied Physics 4



Teaching method

Component Duration
Lecture 2 hours x 13 weeks
Tutorial 2 hours x 13 weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Task Length Weighting Duration
Quizzes (in-class assessment) N/A 20% N/A
Assignments 2000 words 20% N/A
Examination N/A 60% 2 x 2 hours


EFTSL*: 0.125
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