Physics

The Department of Physics is the predecessor of our school, with 38 full-time faculty members including 20 full professors, and a current enrollment of 550 undergraduate and 150 postgraduate students. The mission of the physics department is to promote its education, research, and innovation with greatest effort. Physics is the science that deals at the most fundamental level with matter and energy, their interactions, and their transformation. It presents major challenges to the human mind and provides the foundation for other sciences. By pursuing creative research at the frontier of knowledge and innovation at the cutting edge of technology, it is the ultimate purpose of our faculty members to preserve and nurture a sense of wonder about the natural world, and to impart it to the students as a driving motivation for learning.

The Department has a wide variety of specialties and areas in physics, which includes Theoretical Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Atomic Physics and Molecular Physics, Particle Physics and Nuclear Physics, Plasma Physics, Optics, and Acoustics etc. There is a strong offering of core subjects in the fundamental fields of physics. Undergraduates are encouraged to select areas of concentration in the traditional or applied subjects of physics. Faculty and postgraduate research focuses on condensed matter, optical and theoretical physics, and these include physics of photonics and phononic crystals, soft matter, nano-structure, strongly correlated systems, nonperiodic solids, diffraction, lasers, quantum field and elementary particles, materials, thin films, surfaces, interfaces, polymers and composites. A focused area of interdisciplinary collaboration that has emerged over the years is nanoscience and nanotechnology.

A number of key laboratories and interdisciplinary research centers provide support for the Department's research programs. Particularly relevant are the Center of Electron Microscope, Center of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Key Laboratory of Artificial Micro- and Nano-structures of Ministry of Education, Laboratory of nuclear solid state physics, Accelerator Laboratory, and Positron Laboratory. State-of-the-art facilities for large scale and intensive scientific computation include various workstations, and a parallel processing platform of clustered PCs.

Undergraduate Program
           
Core Courses
           
Chinese I~IV
           Advanced mathematics I, II, III
           Basics and Applications of Computer
           Microprocessor/Computer Theory
           Microcomputer Interface technology

Classical Mechanics
           Electromagnetics
           Optics
           Mathematical Methods in Physics
           Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
           Electrodynamics
           Electronic Circuit
           Atomic and Nuclear Physics
           Quantum Mechanics
           Solid State Physics
           Experimental Physics I, II, III
           Experiments in Modern Physics
           Experiments of Electronic Circuit

Advanced Quantum Mechanics
           Group Theory
           Quantum Information
           Information Optics
           Laser Theory and Technology
           Non-linear Optics
           Material Physics
           Computational Physics

Credits Required
           
120-150

Length of Schooling
           
Four years

Degree Awarded
           
Bachelor of Science

Postgraduate Program
           
Core Courses
           
Advanced Quantum Mechanics
           Group Theory
           Solid State Physics II
           Computational Physics II
           Nuclear Physics and its Application
           Particle Physics
           Quantum Field Theory
           Quantum Statistics and Many Body Problem
           Quantum Theory of Solids
           Gauge Field Theory
           Experiments of Solid State Physics
           Symmetric Group in Crystallography
           High Resolution Electron Microscopy
           Quantum Optics
           Information Optics II
           Waveguide Optics
           Nanomaterials

Length of Schooling
           
Two years (MS), Three years (MS)、Three years (Ph.D)

Degree Awarded
           
Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy

Contact Information
           
Department of Physics
           School of Physics and Technology
           Wuhan University
           Wuhan 430072
           P.R. China
           Tel: +86-27-68752969
           Fax: +86-27-68752569
           Email: chenzq@whu.edu.cn, qqwang@whu.edu.cn