Studying amidst provincially and federally-funded research at Trent will enrich your education significantly; research collaborations of Trent professors bring you knowledge from across Canada and the world. Physics faculty are currently involved in several exciting areas of research, including:
Astronomy: stellar populations, evolution of galaxies
Manipulation of quantum states using lasers
Condensed-matter physics: theory of high-temperature superconductors, nanoscience at solid surfaces
Nuclear physics: photo-nuclear reactions, medical imaging of the human body, detection of explosives
Physics education: effective teaching in physics
Research Areas by Faculty
Office: SC 320, Phone: 748-1011 ext. 7462
Research Interests: Observational astronomy: galaxy evolution, galaxy mergers
Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Ralph Shiell (pronounced "Raif"), B.A. (Oxford), Ph.D.(Newcastle)
Office: SC 213, Phone: 748-1011 ext. 7023
Research Interests: Atomic, molecular and optical physics, the manipulation of quantum states using laser radiation
Research Interests: Nonlinear photonics, Optical properties and characterization of organic and bio-materials, microscopy.
Condensed Matter Physics
Bill Atkinson, M.Sc. (U. Alberta), Ph.D. (McMaster)
Office: SC 222, Phone: 748-1011 ext. 7716
Graduate Student Coordinator
Research Interests: Computational and theoretical models of high temperature superconductors
Advanced research and graduate study have always played important roles in Physics at Trent. Since the late 1960's we have graduated over 80 M.Sc. and Ph.D. students and have been awarded many millions of dollars in research grants and contracts. Our research and publication record, per capita, is one of the highest of all small universities in Canada. Nearly 90% of our full-time faculty members are supported by NSERC grants.
The fields in which we specialize are:
High Temperature Superconductivity Theory
Methodologies of Teaching Science and Physics
Radiation and Subatomic Physics
Galactic and Extragalactic Astronomy
We have developed collaborations with scientists at several Canadian and international universities and research laboratories including the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, York University, the U. of Toronto, George Washington University, NASA, the MAXlab Accelerator in Sweden, and many others. We continue to participate in the longstanding Trent-Queens Graduate Program where some of our faculty are cross-appointed to the graduate faculty in the Department of Physics at Queen's University. Two of our Conjunct Professors are from the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne, Australia. They are working with our team of physicists on new-technology detectors of antipersonnel landmines and new ways of increasing the resolution of medical gamma cameras. We have regularly cooperated with high-technology industries (Siemens, AECL, PPC, Ontario Hydro) in joint applied-research projects in which our faculty and students have contributed directly to the Canadian R & D effort. We have three times hosted the national Student Conference of the Canadian Nuclear Society and in 2001 were host to the conference of the Ontario Federation of Physics Teachers.
Our Department regularly has NSERC-supported Undergraduate Summer Research Assistants. In summer 2002, we had three students working on projects in superconductivity, surface science and astronomy. In the past, many of these summer research students have attended the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Students Conference where they have given presentations on their research work.
Our physical research infrastructure includes a significant array of high powered computers and workstations and associated peripherals, a major high-vacuum surface-science laboratory, an applied-radiation/gamma-ray imaging lab, an astronomy research laboratory and share the university's newly renovated science workshop and electronics shop.