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About the department

The mission of the Physics Department is captured by the triangle of teaching, research, and innovation. 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 engineering and other sciences. By pursuing research at the frontier of knowledge and innovation at the cutting edge of technology, it is the ultimate purpose of the physics faculty 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 concentrates its resources on condensed matter physics with potential relevance to technological industry. 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 optical, condensed matter and statistical physics, and includes physics of lasers, solid state, mesoscopic systems, devices, materials, thin films, surfaces, interfaces, liquid crystals, polymers and composites. A focused area of interdisciplinary collaboration that has emerged over the years is nanomaterials and nanotechnology.

A number of central service facilities and interdisciplinary research institutes provide support for the Department's research programs. Particularly relevant are the Materials Characterisation and Preparation Facility and the Microelectronics Fabrication Facility. The Department is closely linked with HKUST's William Mong Institute of Nano Science and Technology (WMINST). State-of-the-art facilities for large scale and intensive scientific computation include optical-fibre distributive networks, various workstations, and a parallel processing platform of clustered PCs. The Department has laboratories for laser physics, photonics, new thin-film materials, surface/interface studies, solid state properties, polymers and liquid crystals, nanostructured layers and clusters, and non-linear dynamics.

Introduction to the Department (from the June 2004 issue of the AAPPS Bulletin)

物理学系简介

物理学是一门研究物质与能量以及它们之间相互作用、相互转换的基础科学,是工程学以及其它学科的基石。

“在科学技术最前沿领域,通过对未知物质的探索、研究和创新,孕育对自然世界的感知,将最前沿的科学知识传授给学生,给学生注入学习新事物的源动力”是物理系全体教员的宗旨。“教学-研究-创新”是物理系的使命。

物理系集全系人力资源于凝聚态物理科学以及一些相关的应用物理学科。物理系设有传统的基础物理学主修课程,同时也鼓励本科学生在传统物理和应用物理的不同领域选修自己喜欢的物理课程。正在从事的研究领域主要有光学、凝聚态物理和统计物理等,其中包括激光物理,固体物理,介观物理,器件物理,薄膜材料物理,表面和界面物理,液晶以及功能性高分子聚合材料物理等。近几年掀起的交叉学科―纳米材料与技术―是我们最具特色的研究领域之一。

大学和系里有许多研究设施平台以及相关的研究所,它们为物理系的课题研究提供强有力的支持。其中特别相关的有:向全校开放的材料测试与表征设施(MCPF),微电子制备设施(MFF),液氦生产中心、大型计算机中心和光纤网络系统、各种计算工作站以及微电脑簇平行处理平台等设施。物理系的主要实验室有:激光物理实验室、光子晶体实验室、新薄膜材料实验室、表面和界面实验室、固体物理实验室、高分子聚合物和液晶实验室、纳米材料实验室以及非线性动力学实验室等。主要设施有:飞秒超快脉冲激光系统、分子束外延系统、超净工作室、低温遂穿显微镜、超导量子干涉仪、显微拉曼光谱仪、透射电子显微镜、聚焦离子束刻蚀系统以及电子束刻蚀设施等。

 物理系介紹[原文刋於AAPPS Bulletin Vol. 14, No. 3, 26-31 (2004)]


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