Different aspects of thermal physics are addressed: (i) classical thermodynamics which deals with macroscopic properties, such as pressure, volume and temperature - the underlying microscopic physics is not included; (ii) kinetic theory of gases describes the properties of gases in terms of probability distributions associated with the motions of individual molecules; and (iii) statistical mechanics which starts from a microscopic description and then employs statistical methods to derive macroscopic properties.
Year 3 laboratories
Laboratory demonstrating, particularly the Zeeman effect and scanning tunnelling microscopy experiments.
Final year MPhys and BSc project supervision
Supervision of projects on semiconductor research, including transparent conductors, solar cell materials and photoemission spectroscopy.