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Department Head: Zisis Papandreou, PhD

Graduate Co-ordinator:  Nikolay Kolev, PhD

Faculty Listing:

Department Research Summary

The Department of Physics at the University of Regina offers graduate programs leading to the MSc and PhD degrees in Experimental and Theoretical Subatomic Physics, with special emphasis in:

  • High Energy Physics
  • Weak Interactions and Neutrino Physics
  • Hadronic QCD Physics

Faculty members and graduate students pursue their research locally, and at locations elsewhere in Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan. Graduate instruction is provided in an encouraging and productive environment. The department is an associate member of the TRIUMF subatomic physics laboratory in Vancouver, and has a close relationship with the Jefferson Laboratory in Newport News, Virginia, USA. Our department is also an institutional member of the international ATLAS collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, and is an institutional member of both the institute of Particle Physics and the Canadian Institute for Nuclear Physics.

There is also an adjunct faculty member who conducts research in Observational Astronomy. Students working with him may receive the MSc degree in Physics.

Admission Requirements

A BSc Honours degree (or equivalent) in physics or engineering physics is required for admission to the MSc program. A minimum average of 75% in all physics and mathematics courses, and an overall average of 70%, is required. In addition to the grades and recommendation letters, the overlap of the applicant's research interests with those of the department is also taken into account in the acceptance decision. International applicants are encouraged to write the GRE physics subject exam in addition to the TOEFL.

Admission to the PhD program usually requires satisfactory completion of the MSc degree. Exceptional MSc candidates have the opportunity to transfer directly to a PhD program in the second year of their full-time studies.

Application Procedure

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research has sole authority for admission, and all offers of admission are approved by and made by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. Initial inquiries concerning the Physics Graduate Program and research opportunities may be directed to the Physics Graduate Coordinator (address below) or to an individual faculty member with a research program in an area of particular or potential interest to the applicant.

Applications are reviewed on a continuing basis. Applications and supporting documentation by international applicants are to be received by May 15 for consideration for the Fall semester, and by August 15 for Winter semester entry.  The application fee will be set against tuition fees upon acceptance of a student into the Physics Graduate Program.

Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research
Paskwaw Tower - 110.2
University of Regina
Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 0A2

Master's Program Requirements

The MSc degree requires 15 credit hours of class work, and the oral presentation of a thesis before the examining committee. All MSc students are required to take Physics 800 and 801, plus 9 credit hours of additional courses chosen in consultation with the thesis supervisor and department head. These additional courses can be chosen from other disciplines (e.g. Math, CS, etc). Up to 3 credit hours of courses may be 400 level.

Physics 800 - Classical Electrodynamics    3 credit hours
Physics 801 - Advanced Quantum Mechanics        3 credit hours
Physics courses 6-9 credit hours
Physics 900 Seminar 0-3 credit hours
Thesis Research  15 credit hours
TOTAL  30 credit hours


Doctoral Program Requirements

The goal of the PhD program is to teach the skills necessary to produce high quality, original physics research. The PhD degree requires the successful completion of a PhD comprehensive examination, and the presentation of a substantial thesis in an oral defense before an external examiner and the supervisory committee. The credit hour requirements are given as follows:

  Class Credit Hours Research Credit Hours Seminar Credit Hours Total Credit Hours
PhD (after BSc) 21-24 66 0-3 90
PhD (after MSc) 12-15 45 0-3 60

Course Descriptions

PHYS 800 Classical Electrodynamics (3)
Simple radiating systems, scattering, diffraction; covariant formulation of electrodynamics; the Lienard-Wiechert potentials and the field of a uniformly moving and accelerated electron; the motion of charged particles in e-m fields; Hamiltonian formulation of Maxwell’s equations.
Prerequisite: PHYS 311 and PHYS 322 or equivalents

PHYS 801 Advanced Quantum Mechanics (3)
Unitary transformations; dynamical equations; symmetries and conservation laws; angular momentum; density operator formalism; creation and annihilation operators; relativistic quantum mechanics; scattering theory.
Prerequisite: PHYS 401 or equivalent

PHYS 803 Quantum Field Theory (3)
Canonical quantization; free scalar, vector and spinor fields; interacting fields; perturbation theory and Feynman diagrams; quantum electrodynamics, renormalization, gauge fields.
Prerequisite: PHYS 401 or equivalent

PHYS 805 Quantum Field Theory II (3)
Path integral formalism, renormalization, renormalization group, operator product expansions.
Prerequisite: PHYS 803

PHYS 810 General Relativity (3)
Mathematics of general relativity; unconnected manifolds, affinely connected manifolds and metrically connected manifolds; Physics of general relativity, conservation laws and variational principles.
Prerequisite: PHYS 430 or equivalent

PHYS 811 Advanced Classical Mechanics (3) 202110
Hamilton-Lagrange equations, Hamilton-Jacobi theory and applications, transformation theory, and special relativity.
Prerequisite: PHYS 251 and PHYS 301

PHYS 812 Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology (3)
Modern theories of gravitation, equations of state for high densities; relativistic phases of evolution of cosmic objects; theories of cosmology.
Prerequisite: PHYS 810

PHYS 831 Theoretical Nuclear Physics (3)
Review of symmetries; nucleon-nucleon interaction and polarization observables; nuclear models; the nuclear many-body problem; Hartree-Fock potential; random-phase approximation; quasi-particles; e-m interactions with nuclei; the weak interaction.
Prerequisite: PHYS 432 or equivalent, and PHYS 801

PHYS 833 Nuclear Reactions (3)
Direct and compound nuclear reactions; plane wave theory; scattering theory; phenomenological optical potential, DWBA, DWBA amplitudes and DWIA; coupled channels; microscopic theory of inelastic nucleon-nucleus scattering.
Prerequisite: PHYS 801

PHYS 834 Intermediate Energy Nuclear Physics (3)
Meson exchange theories; accelerators, experimental techniques; electron-nucleon and electron nucleus interaction, nucleon-nucleon scattering; nucleon-nucleus interactions; pion-nucleus interactions; relativistic kinematics.
Prerequisite: PHYS 833

PHYS 835 Elementary Particles (3)
Symmetries and quantum numbers of leptons, hadrons, and quarks; e-m, weak, and strong interactions; charm and heavy quark hadrons and hadron spectroscopy; introduction to QCD; unified gauge theories; selected topics beyond the standard model.
Prerequisite: PHYS 442 or equivalent, and PHYS 803

PHYS 871 Experimental Methods of Subatomic Physics (3) 
Basic techniques of experimental nuclear and particle physics. Interaction of particles in matter; cosmic rays and natural radiation; particle accelerators and beam optics; particle detection techniques; detector design issues; data acquisition systems.
Pre-Requisite: Permission of the Department Head

PHYS 885 Approved Summer School (1-3)
This course is available to full-time Physics graduate students in good standing. Students will participate in a summer school offered by an approved institute. The school and credit award must be approved by a committee of 3 faculty members, consisting of Physics Graduate Coordinator, Department Head and one other member (typically the supervisor).
NOTE: This class can be taken more than once in a program, for a maximum total of 3 credit hours provided the institute and course content are different each time.

PHYS 887AA-ZZ Selected Topics in Physics (Variable credit 1-3)
Special topics of interest to both students and faculty. It will be possible for students to repeat this course for credit if the content is different when the course is repeated.

PHYS 890AA-ZZ Selected Readings in Special Topics (Variable credit 1-3)

PHYS 900 Graduate Seminar (1)
Graduate students are required to participate in each semester that they are in attendance.

PHYS 901 Thesis Research (Variable credit 1-15)
Thesis research.