Master of Physics in Complex Matter
Complex matter is at the heart of many industrial sectors such as food processing, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, flexible electronics and robotics, high-performance materials for construction and transport (land, sea, air, space), and more generally materials for sustainable development, energy and health. Complex matter is also found in many natural geophysical phenomena or in biological phenomena.
This program thus provides the scientific, theoretical and practical background that can lead to new innovation strategies in R&D as well as to fundamental scientific research, including the understanding of natural phenomena, from everyday physics to the physics of the living.
The Complex Matter program (MaX) of the Fundamental Physics and Applications Master at University Lyon 1 relies on a solid education in fundamental physics providing theoretical and practical tools for describing the complexity of matter. It more specifically concerns disordered, heterogeneous and/or self-organized systems, whether they are solid, liquid or soft, and the study of emerging dynamical behaviors, in terms of mechanical, thermal, electrical, magnetic, optical, physico-chemical, quantum or biological properties.
The program reinforces physics fundamentals in electromagnetism, quantum physics, condensed matter physics and continuum physics of liquids and solids, and opens towards advanced statistical physics, nanophysics, soft matter, living matter or materials for energy storage and transport. This theoretical program is completed by a solid practical education in imagery, structural characterizations, numerical modelling tools and artificial intelligence for physics.
The program includes fundamental courses and practical courses, covering scientific concepts relevant to complex matter, experimental techniques and numerical tools.
1st Year Physics of continuous media Physics of condensed matter Electromagnetism and matter Quantum mechanics and applications Statistical physics of interacting systems Nanosciences Physics applied to biology Soft matter introductory course Optical instrumentation Nano and micro-structural characterization Numerical modelling Lab classes Research internship
2nd Year Out-of-equilibrium statistical physics Self-organization of matter and life Mechanics of interfaces and heterogeneous materials Physics of glassy solids Soft matter and complex fluids Wetting and thin films Imaging of soft matter and life Energy storage and conversion at nanoscales Photonic and plasmonic nano-objects Structure and dynamics at micro-scales Artificial intelligence applied to physics Atomistic and ab-initio modelling Research internship
Complex Matter is an interdisciplinary master’s degree in physics that prepares primarily to academic or R&D research careers but also opens towards project management careers in the industry or teaching positions in the public or private sector. After the master, numerous PhD grants are available from both public and industrial project fundings.
Application timetable: Students living in Europe (March. to June) – Students not living in Europe (Oct. to Dec.).
Direct admission in 2nd year is possible after examination of previous curriculum.