Queen's University was founded in the last century and recently celebrated its sesquicentenary. It has always had a strong tradition in science and engineering. At present there are approximately 15000 students (full and part-time), of which approximately 3500 are postgraduates. Queen's staff numbers almost 3000, including over 1000 academic staff. The School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen's covers the teaching and research areas of theoretical and experimental physics, applied and pure mathematics. Research activity is very strong, with many externally funded projects and a high publication rate. The School has an international reputation in the study of atomic, molecular and optical physics, and is one of the largest users of supercomputers amongst the United Kingdom universities.

The work involves the application of Quantum Mechanics (although Classical Mechanics can sometimes be used as an approximation) leading to the development of analytic approximations (including variational and perturbation techniques), and the use of appropriate numerical procedures requiring the development of extensive computer programs, for instance, to solve coupled differential equations or to diagonalize large matrices.

Research areas pursued include the following:

- atomic and molecular structure and properties;
- electron, photon and positron collisions with atoms, ions and molecules;
- heavy particle collisions including charge exchange, ionization and recombination;
- atomic data for controlled thermonuclear fusion, laser physics, upper-atmosphere physics and astrophysics;
- quantum optics; laser physics and quantum chaos;
- multiphoton processes in intense microwave fields and atoms in other strong fields;
- ferromagnetism;
- Bose-Einstein condensation.

A PhD is normally obtained after 3 years research. The student is also required to attend lectures and tutorials, to participate in a Journal Club and to submit end-of-year reports. Frequent seminars are given, many by our numerous visitors.

*In the Theoretical and Computational Physics Research Division:*

HP, DEC, INTEL workstations and servers; X-terminals and PCs

*At the Queen's University Computer Services:*

HP Itanium 2 Cluster; SUN V440

*Peer-reviewed resources at UK national supercomputer centres:*

Supercomputer resources provided by the Computer Services for
Academic Research (Manchester University);

CRAY T3D and CRAY T3E (Edinburgh University);

Columbus and Magellan
(clusters of Compaq Alphaserver 8400s at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory).

The normal minimum entrance requirement for the PhD course is an upper second-class honours degree in mathematics, physics or contiguous subject, or an equivalent qualification from outside the Isles.

The University nominates a limited number of successful PhD applicants for either EU-University or DHFETE-QUOTA or CAST awards. Research Council (e.g. EPSRC and PPARC ) studentships may also be available for specific research topics, but this is unusual.

Kenneth L Bell
MA *Calif*, BSc, PhD, CPhys, FInstP, FAPS -
Professor of Theoretical Physics

Philip G Burke
CBE, BSc, PhD *Lond*, Hon DSc *Exe*, CPhys, FInstP, MRIA, FAPS, FRS -
Emeritus Professor of Mathematical Physics

Derrick S F Crothers
MA *Oxon*, PhD, CPhys, FInstP, CMath, FIMA, MRIA, CEng, FIEE, FAPS -
Professor of Theoretical Physics

Andrew B Gallagher BSc - Computer Manager

Gleb Gribakin
MSc, PhD *StPb* -
Lecturer in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Alan Hibbert
MA, DPhil *Oxon*, CPhys, MInstP, CMath, FIMA -
Professor of Applied Mathematics (Head of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical
Physics Teaching Division)

Myungshik Kim
BSc *Sogang*, MSc *Essex*, PhD *London* -
Lecturer in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

James F McCann BSc, PhD, CPhys, MInstP - Reader in Theoretical Physics

Patrick Norrington BSc, PhD, CPhys, MInstP - Lecturer in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

S Francesca C O'Rourke BSc, PhD, AFIMA, CPhys, MInstP - Lecturer in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Jens Rasch
Vordip *Heid*, PhD *Cantab* -
Lecturer in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Robert H G Reid BSc, PhD, CPhys, MInstP - Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

M Penelope Scott BSc, Grad Cert Ed, PhD, CPhys, MInstP - Lecturer in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Dimitri Sokolovski
MSc, PhD *StPb* -
Lecturer in Theoretical Physics

Kenneth T Taylor BSc, PhD, CPhys, MInstP - Professor of Physics (Head of Theoretical and Computational Physics Research Division)

Hugo van der Hart
MSc *Leiden*, PhD *Amster* -
Lecturer in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

H R James Walters
MA, PhD *Cantab*, CPhys, MInstP -
Professor of Theoretical Physics

Further information on application procedures and studentships can be obtained from:

Prof K T Taylor Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics David Bates Building The Queen's University of Belfast BELFAST BT7 1NN Northern IrelandTelephone: +44 (0)28 9097 5049

(direct line)Telephone: +44 (0)28 9097 3189(secretary)Fax: +44 (0)28 9023 9182 Email: k.taylor@qub.ac.uk

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