Master

Quantum Materials

The main goal of this program is to prepare scientists with a Master’s degree capable of interdisciplinary research in the fields of quantum-mechanical simulations of novel materials and low-dimensional systems, as well as experimental research in such rapidly developing areas as nanophotonics, materials science, and life sciences.

The program includes two possible educational trajectories: quantum materials (computer modeling of functional materials and physics of low-dimensional structures) and hybrid materials (special chapters of chemistry and cell biology, materials science, and experimental nanophotonics). The interdisciplinary approach to education combines advanced areas of research in modern science, which provides vast opportunities for graduates and ensures that such specialists are in high demand in science and industry. The program includes the following courses: quantum-mechanical simulations of novel materials, modern techniques in optical micro- and spectroscopy, introduction to materials science, quantum optics, spintronics, and machine learning methods.

Program Curriculum
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Program description
«Quantum materials» specialization teaches all research methods that are currently in use for studying materials with strong electronic correlations. Within this program, there are two tracks: the first one contains theoretical and numerical methods of research, and the second one is devoted to experimental research. The program is closely related to the current scientific work at the Department and the work on the grants won by the Department’s teams.

Many theoretical approaches to studying the properties of novel functional materials become highly ineffective when the materials of interest are characterized by strong electronic correlations. Such correlations appear when the electrons belonging to different atoms strongly interact with each other, and thus, standard methods are not suited for describing such materials. These materials are applied in chemistry, medicine, and for solving problems of physics. In the last 10-15 years, «advanced» theoretical methods, application software programs and many new experimental methods have been developed for the investigation of such materials. However, there was no educational program that would give the skills necessary for work with the research methods for these materials.

Master’s specialization «Quantum materials» teaches all research methods that are currently in use for studying materials with strong electronic correlations. Within this program, there are two tracks: the first one contains theoretical and numerical methods of research, and the second one ¬is devoted to experimental research. The program is closely related to the current scientific work at the Department and the work on the grants won by the Department’s teams. At the Department, scientific seminars on optics and theoretical physics are held weekly, with the participation of Russian and foreign scientists, and all students attend these seminars. Scientific work is a mandatory part of the educational program for all students, which gives the opportunity to obtain real experience in research during their education. The Master’s students that successfully carry out their research start working at the Department.
 

1
semester

The first semester of the Master's program is leveling, because students with a Bachelor’s degree that enter the program come from different universities and with different specializations. Therefore, it becomes necessary to level their knowledge of mathematical methods in physics, photonics, computational electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. The language of study in this program is English. There is also an opportunity to improve English during the compulsory English classes throughout the entire period of study. As early as the first semester, Master’s students choose their scientific supervisors among the researchers of the Department of Physics and Engineering and begin scientific work.

2 3
semester

In the second and third semesters, students attend certain classes together, and other classes are elective, i.e. related to the chosen educational track. All the Master’s students study introduction to materials science, computational physics, quantum chemistry methods, and physics of two-dimensional systems. Students that have selected the quantum materials track learn spintronics, quantum optics, many-body quantum theory, low-dimensional magnetism, and machine learning methods. These areas are necessary for the theoretical and numerical study of strongly correlated materials. Experimentalists, i.e. the students who have selected the hybrid materials track, study special chapters of organic and inorganic chemistry, cell biology, spectroscopy methods, and computer modeling. This allows preparing specialists to work with systems based on combinations of chemically different compounds such as organic-inorganic systems, alloys, etc. To study these systems, quantum chemistry methods are used, which make it possible to predict the materials’ properties with quantum mechanics methods.