The programme offers three specialized tracks, each focussing on a different area of experimental physics. You select 1 out of 3 tracks to determine the main focus of your programme but you complement this with courses from another track to also broaden your knowledge.
How does matter behave and interact on the subatomic level? What can the detection of gravitational waves teach us about the structure of spacetime and how it connects with matter? In this track you will learn about the fundamentals of gravitational waves and subatomic particle physics, and have the chance to explore cutting- edge research in these fields.
Courses that you might follow in this track include: Particle Physics I, Particle Physics II, Gravitational Waves Theory & Observations, Modelling and Simulation, and Quantum Field Theory (see study programme for course details).
What novel material properties emerge when materials are governed by quantum physics? How does light interact with matter on the atomic and nanoscale? In this track you will learn about the fundamentals of quantum matter and nanophotonics, and have a chance to explore these systems both in the lab and in computer simulations.
Courses that you might follow in this track include: Quantum Optics, Photon Physics, Quantum Materials, Modelling and Simulation , Statistical Field Theory, Quantum Field Theory (see study programme for course details).
How does the chaos of thermal motion cause molecules, colloidal particles, or even living cells to organize themselves into new structures? And how can we harness statistical physics to understand and control these processes? In this track you will learn about the physics behind the intriguing behavior of soft matter and biosystems, and have a chance to explore cutting-edge research in these fields – both in the lab and using computer simulations.
Courses you might follow in this track include: Fundamentals of Soft Matter, Theory of Soft and Active Matter, Experimental Soft Matter, Fundamentals of Biophysics, Advanced Methods in Biophysics, Advanced Microscopy, Stochastic Processes in Biophysics, Modelling and Simulation, Statistical Field Theory (see study programme for course details).