MASTER Physic - Imaging SPECIALTY Non-linear models in Physics

The track "Non-linear Models in Physics'' of the Master Program in Physics-Imaging offers a comprehensive course of study in fundamental physics, theoretical as well as experimental. A particular feature is that it highlights concepts and methods that pertain to non-linear phenomena, thereby allowing students a wide range of choices that cut across traditional disciplines. These choices not only pave the way to challenging thesis projects, but are also a plus for careers in non-academic settings directly after graduation. Credit courses and the three-month senior thesis offer opportunities for projects in particle physics, general relativity, cosmology and astrophysics, condensed matter physics, plasma physics, non-linear optics, biophysics, that our students have worked on in the past years.
The track is backed by the CNRS research groups of the UMR 6083-LMPT (Mathematics and Theoretical Physics) and the UMR 6157-LEMA (Electrodynamics of Advanced Materials) of the Physics Department of the University of Tours. It also benefits from the expertise of the nearby INSERM research group UMRS 930 Imaging and the Brain as well as of the CEA research center at Le Ripault and is also associated with a national network of research groups, where our students can work on their senior thesis projects.
  • Objectives
The track's chief objective is to prepare the students to carry out thesis research in all areas of fundamental physics, as well as in applied physics. It is also a launch pad for preparing for the French qualification "Agrégation de Sciences Physiques-Option Physique''. It also allows our graduates to apply for positions in industry at the level of project manager or design engineer.
Career opportunities after completing the thesis are primarily academic, in universities or in the major research institutions but can also include applied research in industry.
  • Contents or models of training
First semester 
Two required courses  (2 x 7.5 ECTS):

- Introduction à la théorie et aux applications des solitons
- Effets collectifs en physique quantique

Two optional modules (2x7.5 ECTS) from the following list:

- Gravitation et astrophysique relativiste
- Simulation numérique
- Solitons en théorie des champs
- Systèmes dynamiques

Second semester 
Two optional modules (2x6ECTS) from the following list:

- Introduction à l’astroparticule et cosmologie des hautes énergies
- Introduction à la théorie quantique des champs
- Systèmes d’électrons
- Systèmes désordonnés

Three months of full-time internship (18ECTS) in a laboratory.

  • Admission requirements
The track is designed to receive students with a background in fundamental physics. These students may come from general university courses in Physics (M1 in "physics and applications") or engineering schools if they have majored in fundamental physics. Candidates are chosen by application.