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1. Australian National University - Department of Theoretical Physics The Department of Theoretical Physics in the Research School of Physics and Engineering at the Australian National University performs research at the highest international levels in selected areas of theoretical, mathematical and computational physics. The Department is host to the Optical Sciences Group. The Department also hosts the ANU Centre for Mathematical and Theoretical Physics which aims to foster fundamental research by organising topical research workshops, and plays an important national role in postgraduate education by holding annual graduate-level Physics Summer Schools.
2. Basel University - Department of Physics Since the late 17th century, physics is an active area of research and teaching at the University of Basel, which was founded in 1460 (www.unigeschichte.unibas.ch). Among the most illustrious to hold a chair in physics in Basel was 18th century Physicist and Mathematician Daniel Bernoulli, famous for his theory of hydrodynamics and the Bernoulli principle, of critical use in aerodynamics. Short history of our physics department.
Today, our focus of research is Nano physics as well as Astro/Nuclear/Particle physics. With our numerous active research groups we have been able to attract the following major centers to our Department:
- National Competence Center of Research (NCCR) in Quantum Science and Technology (Basel co-Leading House, ETH Zurich Leading House)
- Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI), National Competence Center of Research (NCCR) in Nanoscale Science
- Basel QC2 Center for Quantum Computation and Quantum Coherence.
We understand the term Nano (and Nano physics) as a very broad collection of diverse research that all merges in one way or another at the nanometer scale, uniting not only various research efforts within physics but also activities in chemistry, biology and medical research.
Research at our Department includes internationally renowned condensed matter theory & quantum computation groups, highly acclaimed Astro / Nuclear & Particle Physics Theory and Experiments, world leading scanning probe research groups (STM, AFM, MFM, FAMARS, Cantilever Sensors) as well as groups performing cutting edge experiments in molecular electronics, nanomechanics, quantum atom optics, nano-photonics, quantum transport and more....
Though we are a rather small institute (with currently 12 departmental chairs plus 3 associated professorships), we enjoy an excellent reputation on an international level and are very well cited in the scientific community, with an average of 24.53 citations per paper on place 5 (sorted by citations per paper) among all physics departments with more than 1000 publications, as ranked by Essential Science Indicators (ESI), Web of Science (pdf). See also the table with selected entries below (January 2012). Note that our ranking improved from place 7 in January 2011 to rank 5! (previous ranking, pdf)
5. Columbia University - Department of Physics The Physics Department is located in Pupin Hall on Columbia University's Morningside Heights Campus in New York City. The department has about 35 faculty who teach and carry out research in the fields of: astrophysics, condensed matter physics, high energy nuclear physics, high energy particle physics, and atomic, molecular, and optical physics. We have about 20 undergraduate physics majors and 100 graduate students in the department per year. The department's research is carried out on-campus in the Pupin Laboratories, Schapiro Hall, at the nearby Nevis Laboratories, and at many off-campus laboratories and sites. The richness of educational opportunities offered at the department is based upon a long and distinguished tradition of teaching and research. Columbia graduates, along with many scientists who spent their formative years here, have gone on to make extraordinary contributions to science as researchers, teachers, and intellectual leaders.
6. Concordia University - PhysicsDo you want to really understand how the world works, in every detail and at the deepest level - from elementary particles to nuclei, atoms, molecules, macromolecules, living cells, solids, liquids, gases, plasmas, living organisms, the human brain, complex systems, supercomputers, the atmosphere, planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe itself? Physicists study questions facing today's science and technology, emphasizing problem-solving and abstract thinking.
8. Ecole Polytechnique - Departement de Physique Le Departement de Physique de l'Ecole Polytechnique est un Departement d'Enseignement-Recherche (DER), qui assure de nombreuses missions d'enseignement a la fois dans le cursus polytechnicien et dans les programmes de masters, et qui rassemble neuf laboratoires, couvrant un large spectre de recherches aux frontieres de la physique et de ses interfaces. Le Departement est fortement implique dans les developpements actuels du Plateau de Saclay, dont on retrouve les objectifs dans les quatre " Poles Thematiques " du Departement.
L'ensemble des enseignements (cours magistraux, seances d'exercices et de travaux pratiques) sont pris en charge par des scientifiques confirmes, possedant une reputation internationale bien etablie dans leur domaine. Les etudiants ont ainsi la possibilite d'etre en contact, en petits groupes, avec les meilleurs experts du sujet enseigne. Cette pratique differe de l'organisation universitaire classique, qui confie cette tache a des enseignants plus jeunes (en France) ou a des etudiants de doctorat (aux USA par exemple).
9. Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne - School of Basic Sciences Physics The School of Basic Sciences is responsible for teaching and research in chemistry, mathematics, physics and related domains. A growing emphasis has been developing in fields at the interface between traditional disciplines, both within and outside of our School. Our interaction with the School of Life Sciences is particularly strong, as evidenced by jointly appointed professors, collaborative projects and shared infrastructure. To carry out our mission, we possess state-of-the art research facilities, support services and infrastructure.
10. ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) The Department of Physics (D-PHYS) at ETH Zurich conducts a rich program of research and teaching in the most important and exciting areas of physics. These range from the fundamental physical insights into Nature to the development of innovative technology for society. The core research and education domains are in Astrophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, Neuroinformatics, Particle Physics, Quantum Optics and Electronics, and Theoretical Physics; the Laboratory for Ion Beam Physics in addition provides services to the national and international science communities. Through our partnership with the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), members of D-PHYS obtain access to excellent large-scale infrastructure, neutrons at the Swiss Spallation Neutron Source, photons at the Swiss Light Source, muons at the Swiss Muon Source, and detector technology through the particle physics division. Particle physicists are strongly involved in international collaborations (CMS, T2K, ArDM, MAGIC, nEDM) with experiments at major national and international laboratories (PSI, CERN, KEK); Astrophysicists lead major research programs on forefront international facilities at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and European Space Agency (ESA). The National Competence Centers in research MaNEP, NANO, Quantum Photonics, QSIT, and MUST, the latter two hosted in D-PHYS, provide strong links to other departements of ETH Zurich and to the Swiss research community. We keep in touch with former students, postgraduates and professors of D-PHYS through ETH Alumni Math • Phys.
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