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PH5015   Applications of Quantum Physics

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 11

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Normally only taken in the final year of an MPhys or MSci programme involving the School, or a postgraduate photonics programme.

Planned timetable: 12.00 noon Mon, Tue, Thu (TBC)

Quantum physics is one of the most powerful theories in physics yet is at odds with our understanding of reality. In this module we show how laboratories around the world can prepare single atomic particles, ensembles of atoms, light and solid state systems in appropriate quantum states and observe their behaviour. The module includes studies of laser cooling, Bose-Einstein condensation, quantum dots and quantum computing. An emphasis throughout will be on how such quantum systems may actually turn into practical devices in the future. The module will include assessment based on tutorial work and a short presentation on a research topic.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Undergraduate - Before taking this module you must ( pass PH3081 or pass PH3082 or pass MT2506 and pass MT2507 ) and pass PH3061 and pass PH3062

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 lectures/tutorials, 1 x 3-hour research lab visit, 3 hours student presentations during the semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 30

Guided independent study hours: 120

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 80%, Coursework = 20%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 80%
Practical examinations : 10%
Coursework: 10%

Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment, capped at grade 7


Module teaching staff: Dr D Cassettari

Additional information from school

Please see also the information in the School's Handbook for Honours modules available via This link also gives access to timetables for the modules.