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  • Nuclear and Particle Physics

    This Minor course proposes to explain general topics in Elementary Particle Physics. First the theoretical context necessary to describe spin-1/2 particles is presented in details. Then the Standard Model (SM) and its breaking of the ElectroWeak symmetry is introduced. A presentation follows on fermion masses and neutrino oscillations. From the experimental point of view, the course offers a description of important discoveries, at high-energy colliders, that have allowed historically to (...)

  • Additional Lectures from Specific Programs

    A course from "Ecole Polytechnique"
    Title: "Nanomaterials and Electronic Applications" (code: PHY564B)
    Description: 36h / 4 ECTS during the 2nd Semester. See the attached document called "PHY564B" at the bottom of this page.
    Location: Room called "PC" (Petite Classe) Number 8 [free access]. This Room is in the middle of the "couloir du lac" (corridor parallel to the small lake) and is accessible either from the big hall [via a little path] or via the scola corridor (orthogonal to the (...)

  • Astrophysics and Astroparticles

    The course completes the program of the major course Particles, Nuclei and Universe on astrophysics by an introduction on our Galaxy, the interstellar matter, star formation and planetary systems. Basic knowledge on compact objects, large-scale structures and magnetic fields are provided. Furthermore, the course introduces concepts related in particular to Astroparticle Physics: cosmic ray acceleration and propagation. An overview of various detection techniques of cosmic radiations and (...)

  • Quantum Effects at Macroscopic Scale

    This course proposes an introduction to spectacular macroscopic manifestations of quantum physics in matter. In a first part, we will introduce the physics of superconductivity, superfluidity and condensates. At very low temperatures, various mechanisms can lead to macroscopic collective quantum states which have surprising properties such as zero-electrical resistance, magnetic levitation or absence of viscosity. We will show how a common phenomenon can give rise to these properties in (...)

  • Soft Matter

    This course offers an introduction to soft condensed matter, or “complex fluids” with emphasis on physical principles that govern their behavior. Soft matter is a subfield of condensed matter comprising a variety of physical states that are easily deformed by thermal stresses or thermal fluctuations. They include liquids, colloids, polymers, foams, gels, granular materials, and a number of biological materials. These materials share an important common feature in that predominant physical (...)

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