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Theoretical Atomic Molecular & Optical Physics - Research

Programme Overview

Major developments include:

•Strong field laser interactions with atoms and molecules, especially attosecond and free-electron-laser sources

•Quantum information processing, quantum optics, and quantum thermodynamics

•Antimatter interactions with atoms and molecules, especially the role of vibrational Feshbach resonances

•Electron scattering by very complex targets such as the iron peak elements, of considerable importance in astrophysics, and by Rydberg atoms

•Quantum many-body physics, ultracold atomic systems, and simulation of their features

•Foundations of quantum mechanics

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
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Further enquiries

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

Professor Mauro Paternostro
Centre for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (CTAMOP) School of Mathematics and Physics
Tel: 9097 1907


Special Features

•Development of major computer packages used by scientists throughout the world to study atomic and molecular processes and their applications and simulate quantum many-body physics.

•Large group in theoretical atomic, molecular and optical physics worldwide.

•Leadership-level, high-performance computing; grid-computing applications.

•Strong international collaborative research links.

•World-leading expertise in the simulation and manipulation of quantum many-body systems and the implementation of protocols for quantum information processing in discrete and continuous variable systems.

•Pioneering work in the burgeoning field of quantum technologies and quantum thermodynamics.

Application date

Postgraduate Research

There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Research areas

Research Strengths

•Atomic data for astrophysics and fusion research

•Atomic many-body theory

•Atomic structure and properties

•Collisions of electrons, photons, positrons, ions and atoms with ions, atoms and molecules

•Multiphoton processes, including multiphoton ionisation, harmonic generation, and ultra-fast (multi-)electron dynamics induced by attosecond pulses

•Quantum information theory, quantum many-body systems, quantum statistical mechanics, and quantum theory on light-matter interaction

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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