The following information covers Tim Freegarde's teaching in Southampton's
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Current lecture courses
- PHYS2006: Classical Mechanics
This course extends the methods and concepts of Newtonian mechanics introduced in
PHYS2015 Motion & Relativity, and
provides links to courses on oscillations and waves, quantum mechanics and condensed matter. Beginning with the
application of Newton's laws to systems of particles, it moves on to rotational motion, dynamical gravity (Kepler's
laws), motion in non-inertial reference frames and systems of coupled oscillators, establishing throughout a rigorous
mathematical approach to reinforce and allow analysis of intuitive and everyday situations. Further details.
- PHYS2023: Wave Physics
This course introduces the properties and mechanics of waves, from the derivation and solution of wave equations,
through the origins of the classical processes of refraction, dispersion and interference, to the quantum mechanical
phenomenon of the uncertainty principle. It will arm students with a basic knowledge of wave behaviour and propagation,
together with techniques for their quantitative analysis and application to a range of physical systems. It will further
provide a fundamental base from which to examine wave aspects of electromagnetism, quantum mechanics and solid state
physics in subsequent courses. Further details.
- PHYS3004: Crystalline Solids
- PHYS1004: Introduction to Photonics
Photonics is the science of understanding and controlling the interaction of light with matter, and includes
the operation and construction of lasers, optical fibres, non-linear optics. This course provides a broad introduction
to many of the important and interesting areas covered by photonics. Because of the many important applications of
this subject, studies will range from the underlying physical principles all the way to real systems. The content of
the course is mostly conceptual, with simple mathematical examples wherever possible. The course has a lab component,
and the rest of the assessment is via assignments set during the course, and an examination at the end.
- PHYS1011: Waves, Light & Quanta
This course introduces the physics of wave motion and applies the formalism of wave behaviour in the context of
physical optics and the foundations of quantum physics. It will arm students with a basic knowledge of physical optics,
including ray propagation, polarization and diffraction, and introduce the dual wave-particle characteristics of light
and matter. It thus provides a base for future study of optics, wave physics and quantum physics in subsequent courses.
- PHYS1017/1019/1020: Physics Skills ('First Year Labs')
The Physics Skills units develop the rational, enquiring and analytical outlook needed
by a professional physicist and some of the practical skills and knowledge required by the future experimentalist.
Physics Skills 1 (PHYS1017) runs in the first semester, and its companion Physics Skills 2 (PHYS1019) follows in
the second semester, while PHYS1020 combines components from both into a single course for external students.
Materials from the Physics Skills Workshops, covering general techniques for approaching physics problems, are available
the introductory section on the logical structure of a physics derivation or solution is here.
- PHYS3003: Light and Matter
The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to modern optical physics and to arm students
with a basic knowledge of light-matter interactions, electro-optics and nonlinear optics. This will give them a
fundamental base for understanding the techniques and technologies of photonics and experimental quantum optics,
as well as drawing together and developing many more basic and beautiful aspects of physics.
- PHYS6018: Research and Thesis on Experimental Physics
This unit aims to give fourth year students a taste of real research, and to introduce to experimental research
groups those first class students wishing to carry out a significant piece of research, often of publishable quality. This
project forms the final year of the MPhys degree in Physics with a Year of Experimental Research.
Undergraduate projects and dissertations
- Projects for Southampton University 3rd and 4th year physicists
We offer several projects with the Quantum Control group, some of which are related to our main research
work while others are more self-contained. Further details of projects and
- Tips on writing up your thesis, project report or dissertation
Put your examiner in a good mood and gain style marks by avoiding common errors when writing your report: here
are my own tips.