We show the status of researches of modern physics and explain how it has evolved up to now. First, an overview on relativity, quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics are presented as they the bases of modern physics. Next, researches in various fields in modern physics, namely condensed matter physics, particle and nuclear physics, and astrophysics are introduced.
This course aims to show students how interesting the modern physics is. It also aims to give instructions to the students who are going to select fields of physics which they will study further in details. The lecture will be organized in an interactive way.
The goal is to have an overview of modern physics before the students study individual lectures on specific topics later.
The fundamentals of relativity, quantum mechanics and statistical physics are described and research activities in various fields of modern physics are introduced.
Relativity, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, modern physics, solid state physics
|Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Specialist skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Overview on various fields of physics is presented by two faculty members.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||(1-Somiya) Overview of the modern physics (2-Munekata) Fundamental and applied physics: in the case of TV||Develop the recognition that fundamental and applied research is both indispensable.|
|Class 2||(Somiya) Particle physics, nuclear physics, and astrophysics||Understand a connection between particle physics, nuclear physics, and astrophysics.|
|Class 3||(Munekata) Invisible cloak: a few approaches (Munekata) Physics in medical treatments: treatments with x-ray and particle beams||1. Let us see the depth of electromagnetism 2. Regarding wave-like and particle-like aspects|
|Class 4||(Somiya) Can we create Doraemon in the next 100 years?||Imagine various possibilities of physics in the future|
|Class 5||(Munekata) History of research in electronics materials and condensed matter physics||Understand relations among quantum physics, condensed matter physics, and opto-eletronics|
|Class 6||(Munekata) Would heatless devices be achievable?||Let us think about electronics in the 21st century|
|Class 7||How to become a professional researcher||Learn how to become a professional researcher|
|Class 8||Review||Review what we learned in the class.|
To be introduced during the course.
Students shall submit some reports.
Not in particular.