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Revealing the ‘terra incognita’ between quantum mechanics and the classical world and inspiring new technologies.
As a scientist, you’re a problem solver. But how do you tackle a problem when there are no adequate theories and calculations become far too complicated? In the specialisation in Physics of Molecules and Materials you’ll be trained to take up this challenge in a field of physics that is still largely undiscovered: the interface between quantum and classical physics.
We focus on systems from two atoms to complete nanostructures, with time scales in the order of femtoseconds, picoseconds or nanoseconds. One of our challenges is to understand the origin of phenomena like superconductivity and magnetism. As theory and
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1. completed Bachelor's degree in Physics and Astronomy, Physics, Applied Physics or equivalent
2.A proficiency in English (Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following):
a.A TOEFL score of ≥575 (paper based) or ≥90 (internet based)
b.An IELTS score of ≥6.5
c.Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
€2,143 (from EEA countries); €12,645 (from non-EEA countries).
"I chose the Master's programme in Natural Sciences because it's a multidisciplinary study programme with lots of different disciplines: Biology, Physics and Chemistry," says Master's student Arno Janssen.
"I am fascinated by the brain, it's our most important organ, but we know so little about it. That's why I chose the Biophysics track and later the Biophysics track of the research Master's programme, studying subjects like Artificial Networks and Cognitive Neuroscience."
PhD student Josien de Bie first did a degree in Biology and Behavioural Physiology in Groningen. The two work together on Josien's PhD project at the Department of Medical Biophysics where they investigate the decision-making process involved in visual search. "Arno' did much of the programming and thanks to his help the experiment was up and running within a few months. When we publish the results, he will definitely be mentioned as one of the authors." says Josien.
"My contribution to the project comes in the form of investigating what ‘search' entails," Arno explains. "We use something that resembles a contact lens, with an embedded copper coil, which is placed over the subject's eyeball. We place the subject in a low magnetic field and project pictures; the subject is then asked to find a specific detail in those pictures. We can trace every aspect of the eye movement because of the copper coil: the position, the speed, the distance etc. The results are shown on a computer screen, using MatLab."
Arno wants to continue in the field of neuroscience. "I would really like to do a PhD at the University's Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour." He wants to stay in Nijmegen because of its top-notch facilities. "The set up of our experiment is very cool. We designed it ourselves and we can make any modifications we need. It is quite unique to have a magnetic field here in the basement. The room next door to us has the department's very own vestibular chair, which is used to measure people's spatial orientation. The Donders Institute has EEG and MRI equipment - anything you can think of is available for researchers, PhDs and students."
"Whether you want to go into communication, pursue a future in education or become a manager, everyone should know about science. And you can only really learn about it through first-hand experience.”Arno concluded about the importance of research.
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