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Department/Institute of Physics

Department/Institute of Physics

 

Brief Introduction

 

The Department/Institute of Physics evolved from the Physics Division of INS, admitting its first B.S. students in 1965. In 1966, the Graduate Institute of Physics began its master's program. The doctoral program followed the next year. Due to the growing importance of and local research strength in astronomy and cosmology, the graduate Institute of Astronomy was established in 2001. Recognizing the importance of physics training for the high-tech industry, an undergraduate concentration in optical physics was initiated in 2003. Currently, there are approximately 250 undergraduates and 150 graduate students (with about 100 students in the master’s program and 50 in the Ph.D. program). 

 

The main facilities of the department are located in a seven-floor-high building, designed by the famed architect, C. Y. Lee, whose recent works include the Taipei 101 building.  The department currently has 35 full-time faculty members, six of whom are associated with the Institute of Astronomy. Additional expertise is provided by 20 adjunct professors from Academia Sinica, the National Synchrotron Research Center and the National Institute of Health. Their research areas cover particle physics and fields; gravitation and astrophysics; statistical and mathematical physics; atomic, molecular and optical physics; condensed matters; and microwave and plasma physics. The research atmosphere in the department has always been cohesive and intense. . 

 

Faculty members have consistently received the largest funding grants for physics-related research projects sponsored by the National Science Council (NSC), Taiwan. Our faculty members are also proud to have received more awards than any other physics department in Taiwan.  Four faculty members have been elected as members of the Academia Sinica, as well as  seven of our alumni. Over one-third of our faculty members have received the Outstanding Research Award of the National Science Council.  Teaching and mentoring are also important to our Institute.  Each faculty member is also a mentor for undergraduate students. On the average, each mentor oversees about eight students. The opportunities for interactions and communication among students and teachers is thus abundant.

 

Special Features

 

Curriculum:

The curriculum is flexible.  The students may choose their research focus and, after they have received a solid and basic training in physics, place more attention on the subfields which interest them, For instance, the department offers introductory courses on topics such as nanoscience, computational physics, and biophysics, in order to bring the students to the frontiers of research. The department strives to enlarge the student's scope and vision, with the basics close in mind.

 

Physics Research Promotion Center (PRPC):

A few years after the department was created, the National Science Council decided to establish the PRPC at NTHU. The Institute's mission is the planning and promotion of physics research in Taiwan. The Physics Research Promotion Center has helped the department to develop rapidly from its inaugural period in many aspects. One way the PRPC has significantly  enhanced the department has been through them PRPC’s funding and careful management of the library. So far, the library holds more than 45 thousand books and over 500 journals in paper and/or electronic formats. In addition, the library also serves other universities and institutes, through means such as interlibrary loan, data/references searches, and electronic journal services.

 

National Center for Theoretical Sciences (NCTS):

In 1997, the National Center for Theoretical Sciences was established at NTHU and National Chiao Tung University. . The Physics Division of the NCTS is located near the Physics Building of the department so that professors and students can participate and organize center activities such as international conferences and workshops.

 

 

Faculty and Staff 

 

CAZALILLA, Miguela Professor (PhD University of the Basque Country, an Sebastian, Spain, 1999 ) Condensed Matter Physics(Th.)
CHANG, Tsun-hsu Professor(Ph.D. in Physics, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, 1999 ) Coherent Radiation, Electron Cyclotron Maser Instability Nonlinear Plasma Dynamics High-Frequency Electronics
CHANG, We-fu Associate Professor(Ph.D., National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, 2000 ) Elementary Particle Physics(Th.)
CHEN, Jeng-chung Associate Professor(Ph.D., Purdue University, U.S.A., 2003 ) Condensed Matter Physics(Exp.)
CHEN, Po-chung Professor(Ph.D in Physics, University of California San Diego, U.S.A., 2002 ) Condensed Matter Physics(Th.)
CHEUNG, Kingman Professor(Ph.D in Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A., 1992 ) Elementary Particle Physics(Th.)
CHOU, Dean-yi Professor( Ph.D. in AstroPhysics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, U.S.A., 1986 ) Astrophysics, Solar Physics(Exp., Th.)
CHOU, Ya-chang Professor(Ph.D in Physics,University of Pittsburg, U.S.A., 1981 ) Surface Physics, Solid State Physics(Exp.)
CHU, Chong-sun Professor(Ph.D. Physics, University of California at Berkeley, U.S.A., 1996 ) String Theory(Th.)
CHUU, Chih-sung Assistant Professor( Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, U.S.A., 2006 ) Quantum Optics, Quantum Information, Atom Optics
GENG, Chao-qiang Professor(Ph.D. in Physics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, U.S.A., 1987 ) Field Theory, Elementary Particle Physics(Th.)
GWO, Shangjr (Felix) Professor( Ph.D in Physics, The University of Texas at Austin, U.S.A., 1993 ) Condensed Matter Physics(Exp.)
HE, Xiao-gang Professor(Ph.D., University of Hawaii, U.S.A., 1987 ) Particle Phenomenology, Particle Astrophysics and Quantum Mechanics
HOFFMANN, Germar Associate Professor( Ph.D in Physics, University of Kiel, Germany, 2002 ) Condensed Matter Physics(Exp.)
HONG, Tzay-ming Professor(Ph.D. in Physics, University of California, San Diego, U.S.A., 1998 ) Condensed Matter Physics(Th.) 
HSU, Pai-hsien-jennifer Assistant Professor(Ph.D. in Physics, Yale University, New Haven, CT, U.S.A., 2011) Particle Physics(Exp.)
JENG horng-tay Professor(Ph.D. in Physics, National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan, 1996 ) Atomic and Molecular Physics, Computational Physics, Condensed Matter Physics.
KOU, Chwung-shan Professor(Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A., 1991 ) Plasma Physics, Applied Electrodynamics(Exp.)
KU, Huan-chiu Professor(Ph.D. in Physics, University of California, San Diego, U.S.A., 1980 ) Condensed Matter Physics(Exp.)
KWO, Ray-nien Professor(Ph.D. in Physics, Stanford University, U.S.A., 1981 ) Condensed Matter Physics(Exp.)
LIN, Deng-sung Professor(Ph.D. in Physics, University of Illinois, U.S.A, 1994 ) Condensed Matter Physics(Exp.)
LIN, Hsiu-hau Professor(Ph.D. in Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, U.S.A, 1998 ) Condensed Matter Physics(Th.)
LIU, Yi-wei Professor(Ph.D. in Physics, University of Oxford, U.K., 1999 ) Condensed Matter Physics(Exp.) ,Optics, Atomic & Molecular Physics, Laser(Exp.)
LO, Rong-li Assistant Professor(Ph.D. in Physics, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, 1997 ) Surface Science, Scanning Probe Microscopy
MOU, Chung-yu Professor (Ph.D. in Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, U.S.A.,1993 ) Condensed Matter Physics(Th.) 
PAN, Ci-ling Professor(Ph.D. in Physics, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado, U.S.A., 1979 ) Laser Science , Ultrafast Optics and Optoelectronics, THz Optics and Photonics, Liquid Crystal Optics and Photonics
SOO, Yun-liang Professor(Ph.D in Physics, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, U.S.A., 1995) Solid State Physics, Materials Physics
TAI, Ming-fong Professor (Ph.D.in Physics, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan,1989 ) Condensed Matter Physics(Exp.)
TANG, Shu-jung Professor(Ph.D in Physics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, U.S.A., 2002 ) Experimental Surface physics, Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Low Energy Electron Microscopy
WANG, Daw-wei Professor(Ph.D., University of Maryland, Collese Park, U.S.A., 2000 ) Condensed Matter Physics(Th.)
WANG, Li-bang Associate Professor(Ph.D. in Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A., 2005 ) Atomic Spectroscopy
WU, Kuo-an Assistant Professor( Ph.D. in Physics, Northeastern University, U.S.A., 2006 ) Condensed Matter Physics(Th.)
YU, Ite-a.

Professor(Ph.D in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.A., 1993 ) Optics, Atomic & Molecular Physics, Laser(Exp.)

 

Curriculum

 

Undergraduate Curriculum Chart


Course ID number


Course title


Credit point

Required

PHYS1130

General Physics (I)

4

Required

PHYS1140

General Physics (II)

4

Required

PHYS1010

General Physics Laboratory (I)

1

Required

PHYS1020

General Physics Laboratory (II)

1

Required

PHYS2110

Applied Mathematics (I)

3

Required

PHYS2120

Applied Mathematics (II)

3

Required

PHYS2310

Electromagnetics I

3

Required

PHYS2320

Electromagnetics II

3

Required

PHYS2210

Theoretical Mechanics (I)

3

Required

PHYS2220

Theoretical Mechanics (II)

3

Required

(Physics Div.)

PHYS2010

Experimental Physics

2

Required

PHYS2900

Computation for Physics

3

Required

PHYS2410

General Astronomy (I)

3

PHYS2420

General Astronomy (II)

3

PHYS2450

Introduction to Modern Physics

3

PHYS3090

Applied Electronics

3

Required

(Photoelectric Div.)

PHYS3100

Applied Electronics (II)

3

Required

(Photoelectric Div.)

PHYS3080

Applied Electronics Lab.

2

Required

(Photoelectric Div.)

PHYS3010

Experimental Technique in Physics

2

Required

PHYS3450

Quantum Physics (I)

3

Required

PHYS3460

Quantum Physics (II)

3

Required

PHYS3250

Thermal and Statistical Physics I

3

Required

PHYS3330

Optics

3

Required

(Photoelectric Div.)

PHYS3340

Optics (II)

3

Required

(Photoelectric Div.)

PHYS3030

Modern Physics Lab.

2

Required

(Physics Div.)

PHYS3020

Optics Laboratory

2

Required

(Photoelectric Div.)

PHYS3130

Undergraduate Physics Colloquium (I)

1

Required

PHYS3140

Undergraduate Physics Colloquium (II)

1

Required

PHYS4650

Introduction to Optical Physics

3

Required

(Photoelectric Div.)

PHYS3260

Thermal and Statistical Physics II

3

PHYS3110

Mathematical Methods for Physicists

3

PHYS3170

Numerical Analysis

3

PHYS3910

Fundamentals of Observational Astronomy

3

PHYS3800

Special topic in Physics

3

PHYS4310

Introduction to Relativity (I)

3

PHYS4320

Introduction to Relativity (II)

3

PHYS4330

Introduction to Astrophysics

3

PHYS4510

Intro. Elementary Particle Physics(I)

3

PHYS4520

Intro. Elem. Particle Physics (II)

3

PHYS4710

Introduction to Solid State Physics I

3

PHYS4720

Introduction to Solid State Physics II

3

PHYS4630

Introduction to Atomic and Molecular Physics

3

PHYS4340

Introduction to Modern Cosmology

3

PHYS4740

Introduction to Nanoscale Physics I

3

PHYS4810

Introduction to Soft Matter Physics

3

PHYS4100

Introduction to surface science

3

PHYS4830

Biophysics

3

PHYS4670

Applications of Synchrotron Accelerator Light Source

3

 

 

Graduate Curriculum Chart

Course ID number

Course title

Credit point

Required

PHYS5930

Colloquium (I)

1

Required

PHYS5940

Colloquium (II)

1

Required

PHYS5410

Quantum Mechanics (I)

3

Required

PHYS5420

Quantum Mechanics (II)

3

Required

(Physics Div., Doctoral program)

PHYS5310

Electrodynamics (I)

3

Required

(Physics, Applied Physics Div.,  Doctoral program)

PHYS5320

Electrodynamics (II)

3

Required

(Doctoral program)

PHYS5210

Statistical Mechanics (I)

3

Required

(Physics Div., Doctoral program)

PHYS5220

Statistical Mechanics (II)

3

PHYS5710

Condensed Matter Physics I

3

PHYS5720

Condensed Matter Physics(II)

3

PHYS5050

Electro-optics Labs.

2

Required

(Optical Physics Div.)

PHYS5870

Laser Physics and Applications (I)

3

PHYS5370

Microwave Physics and Applications

3

PHYS5200

Classical Mechanics

3

PHYS5830

X-Ray Diffraction and Application

3

PHYS5245

Quantum Computing

3

PHYS5530

Accelerator Physics (I)

3

PHYS5540

Accelerator Physics (II)

3

PHYS5810

Physics of Superconductivity I

3

PHYS5820

Physics of Superconductivity II

3

PHYS5350

Plasma Physics

3

PHYS5950

Seminar--Condensed Matter

1

PHYS5950

Seminar--Particle Physics

1

PHYS5950

Seminar-- Atomic and Molecular

1

PHYS5950

Seminar-- Soft Matter Physics

1

PHYS5840

Nonlinear Optics

3

PHYS5910

Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos

3

PHYS5980

Particle Astrophysics

3

PHYS5230

Fluid Dynamics

3

PHYS5630

Atomic And Molecular Physics

3

PHYS5900

Surface Physics

3

PHYS5970

Special Topic in Condensed Matter Physics by Synchrotron Radiation

3

PHYS5970

Special Topic: Introdution to Soft Matter Physics

3

PHYS5970

Special Topic : Computational Condensed Matter Physics

3

PHYS5970

Special TopicAttosecond Physics

3

PHYS5970

Special Topic: Ultrafast and Ultra intense Laser Physics

3

PHYS5970

Special Topic - Ultrafast and THz Optics and Photonics

3

PHYS5970

Special Topic - Electronic Transport in Nanostructures

3

PHYS5970

Special Topic: Computational Physics

3

PHYS5970

Special Topic: Low-dimensional Semiconductor Physics

3

PHYS5970

Special Topic - Collider Physics

3

PHYS5970

Special Topic : String Theory, Field Theory and Cosmology

3

PHYS5970

Special Topic :Supersymmetry and beyond the standard model

3

PHYS5970

Fundamental Problems and New Physics in Particle Physics

3

PHYS5970

Special Topic : Group Theory in Physics

3

PHYS5750

Magnetism and X-ray Spectroscopy

3

PHYS5970

Special Topic : Cold Atoms

3

PHYS5970

Special TopicComputational Many-Body Physics

3

PHYS5970

Special Topic: History of Modern Physics

3

PHYS5970

Special Topic: Astroparticle Physics and Cosmology

3

PHYS5970

Special Topics: Essential of QCD & Unified Theory

3

PHYS5970

Special Topics

3

PHYS6750

Special Topic on Nanophysics

3

PHYS6830

Special Topics on X-ray Diffraction

3

PHYS6510

Elementary Particle Physics (I)

3

PHYS6520

Elementary Particle Physics (II)

3

PHYS6450

Quantum Field Theory(I)

3

PHYS6451

Quantum Field Theory(II)

3

PHYS6410

Advanced Quantum Mechanics

3

PHYS6670

Special Topic in Condensed Matter Physics by Synchrotron Radiation

3

IPT5340

Quantum Optics

3

IPT6920

Quantum Properties of Semiconductor Optoelectronics

3

IPT5913

Relativistic Photonics

3

ENE6130

Semiconductor Physics

3

ENE7180

Theory of many-electron systems

3

 

 

Graduate Requirements

 

For Undergraduate students, 128 credit hours

For Master degree students, 24 credit hours and a thesis

For Ph.D. degree students, 18 credit hours and a dissertation 

 

Financial Aids

 

For information about International Students Scholarship, please kindly refer to http://oga.nthu.edu.tw/cont.php?id=93&m=m26&mm=mm41&tc=5&lang=en

 

Contact Information 

 

For information specifically related to the Dept. and the Institute, please kindly reach

Chairman : Mou, Chung-Yu  at chairman@phys.nthu.edu.tw

Secretary : Huang, Eunice     at jjhuang@phys.nthu.edu.tw

TEL: 886-3-5715131 # 42511 ,42512,31085

For further information on the Dept./Institute, you can also link to  http://www.phys.nthu.edu.tw/en/

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