Curriculum Theoretical and Computational Physics

The curriculum

Theoretical physics provides the underlying mathematical description of the physical entities and phenomena of the universe, from the fundamental interactions of elementary particles to cosmology, seeking for a unified quantum theory of gravity, to the context of condensed-matter physics, where the solution of the fundamental equations of quantum mechanics explains and predicts the most intriguing properties of materials or establishes the working principles of quantum computers.

Computational physics, with more and more sophisticated simulations powered by high-performance computing infrastructures and data analytics, is now emerging as a methodological area of physics on its own, pairing to the traditional theoretical and experimental approaches to investigate materials and devices from their atomic constituents.

Theoretical and computational physics team up to perform more and more accurate simulations of matter and its interaction with several types of radiation, to design artificial materials for groundbreaking technologies, for example for the clean energy revolution or revolutionary quantum technologies.

This curriculum offers an in-depth preparation in both theoretical and computational methods of physics, which allow you to undertake a doctoral program as well as to enter the job market, well equipped with mathematical and computational skills, combined with a deep knowledge of the fundamental physical effects which underlie most contemporary technologies. You can choose from a vast list of elective courses to design your personal study plan and specialize in a specific area. You can also choose two courses from another curriculum to complete your professional preparation, with no restriction. Here are some suggested study plans for this curriculum

Counselling and contacts

Do you need further information or advices to design your study plan within this curriculum? Contact the curriculum coordinator Prof. Olindo Corradini or the M.Sc. coordinator Prof. Guido Goldoni

Full list of courses

First year

Mandatory courses

ECTS

Type

Term

Advanced quantum mechanics

6

B

I

Quantum field theory

6

B

I

Statistical mechanics and phase transitions

6

B

II

Quantum physics of matter

6

B

I

Elective courses (18 ECTS)

ECTS

Type

Term

Physics of semiconductors

6

B

II

Laboratory of quantum simulation of materials

6

B

I-II

Nanoscience & Quantum materials

6

B

II

Quantum many-body theory

6

B

II

Elementary particles

6

B

I

Elective courses (18 ECTS)

ECTS

Type

Term

Advanced quantum field theory

6

C

II

Relativity

6

C

II

Quantum information processing

6

C

I

Atomistic simulation methods

6

C

I

Chemical physics of biomolecules

6

C

I

Physics education: theor. and exp. methods

6

C

II

High-Performance-Computing

6

C

II

Machine learning and deep learning

6

C

I

Complex systems

6

C

II

Second year

Elective courses (6 ECTS)

ECTS

Type

Term

Laboratory of condensed matter physics

6

B

I-II

Synchrotron radiation: basics and applications

6

B

I

Free-choice courses (12 ECTS)

Professional preparation (6 ECTS)

ECTS

Type

Term

Good practices in research

3

F

I

Research integrity in sciences

3

F

I

Science-based innovation

6

F

(*)

High-performance-computing in sciences

3

F

(**)

Thesis project and dissertation (36 ECTS)

(*) Attendance of CBI/SUGAR Unimore projects (see https://clab.unimore.it/)
(**) Attendance of CINECA HPC courses (see https://eventi.cineca.it/en/hpc/catalogue)

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