Apply yourself to one of the oldest fields of science: physics. Gain fundamental insights into your own research field while honing your research skills.
Applied Physics is rooted in the fundamental truths and basic laws that describe the world around us. You will focus on using scientific principles in practical devices and systems, and on the application of physics in other fields. A great deal of the work done by physicists is not immediately visible. But without recent breakthroughs in physics, the mobile phone and the laptop would have been power-guzzling machines that weigh a ton and lab-on-a-chip technology would still be science fiction. At the University of Twente we focus on Fluid Physics, Materials Physics and Optics & Biophysics. The MSc programme in Applied Physics will expand your knowledge of physics, providing deeper insights into a specific field of research of your choice. You will have the opportunity to tailor your programme to suit your individual interests. The Physics faculty at our university is one of the best in the world: you will benefit from cutting-edge, high-tech lab facilities, for example at the renowned MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology. As an applied physicist you will have many different career options. For example, you might pursue a career in research or a career in management or manufacturing.
This programme has a workload of 120 ECTS.
Fluid Physics is one of the oldest and largest sub-disciplines of classical physics. The Applied Physics specialization in Fluid Physics focuses on this field. The fascinating phenomena that are encountered in liquids and gases, from the almost mathematical beauty of a droplet falling from a tap to the chaos of large-scale turbulence, have long challenged and continue to challenge some of the worldâs best physicists, mathematicians and engineers. Fluid Physics is a key discipline in solving many issues at the forefront of the technological development of society. Future challenges for fluid physics range from large-scale phenomena such as fully developed turbulence in single and multiphase flow, through mesoscale phenomena like the behaviour of particles, bubbles, (bio-)polymers and even living cells within a flow, to the distinct mechanics of gases and liquids in the world of nano- and microfluidics. All of these challenges have a direct link to socially relevant issues such as flight safety, sustainable energy and greenhouse gases, the processing and mixing of granules in the pharmaceutical industry, inkjet printing, biofluids, and biomedical applications, to name just a few.
The specialization Materials Physics focuses on understanding and manipulating the physical properties of materials to discover new features and develop new devices. Exceptional material properties are at the heart of many modern technologies. To optimize properties for given applications, it is important to understand and control the materials from the atomic to the macroscopic scales. In addition to the intrinsic properties of materials, the physical and chemical properties of surfaces and interfaces are of particular interest, while materials in reduced dimensions are of more general interest. These often differ qualitatively from their corresponding bulk properties. Active control of artificial structures, such as multilayers and nanostructures, opens unparalleled and practically inexhaustible opportunities for tailoring the properties of new materials. The specialization covers the entire spectrum of (structured) materials, ranging from a basic understanding of the relationship between their physical properties, structure and chemical composition, through strategies to control materials at nanometre scales, to the development of devices with new, pre-designed functionalities.
Optics and Biophysics:
The specialization Optics & Biophysics focuses on research into the properties of light & laser technologies and life processes. Light is essential to life, science, & industry; its speed is proverbial and so is its elusiveness. Generating, manipulating and trapping photons and completely controlling their propagation and emission will have far-reaching consequences in a wide variety of scientific fields. It'll give rise to quantum improvements in technologies that'll be vital to our future society, such as efficient lighting, solar energy conversion and medical imaging. Such control of photons is not science fiction, but is the focus of advanced optics and the emerging field of nanophotonics. Here, light is manipulated by dielectric, metallic, molecular and (non-linear) optical structures down to the nanoscale. The specialization is the result of a unique alliance between renowned research groups. It offers the opportunity to learn about and work on fundamental problems and cutting-edge applications in photonics and optical biophysics. We are involved in aspects of optics that range from fundamental quantum physics to studying life processes and the creation of industrial devices.
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