l Brief History:
Based on the guiding principle of the University “To innovate with earnestness; be virtuous with altruism”, with the goal of training young people in the field of physical science for this country, the Department of Physics was established in 1991. Starting with a Master’s program the Department speedily set up the undergraduate program in 1992 and the Ph.D. program in 1997, which established itself as a complete teaching and researching institution in physics.
To educate future scientists and engineers for needs in high-tech industries, the Department engages in research fields consisting of theoretical and computational physics, magnetism and superconductivity, nanometer materials and surface science, electro-optics, atom optics and laser cooling, and plasma physics. The research is supported by many research labs including X-Ray Diffraction Lab, Magnetic and Thermal Analysis Lab, Magnetic Materials Lab, Spintronics and Spin Transfer Torque Memory Lab, Molecular Beam Epitaxy Lab, Materials Preparation Lab, Surface Physics Lab, Near Field Scanning Optical Microscopy Lab, Scanning Electron Microscopy Lab, Liquid Crystal Optics Lab, Fibre Optics Lab, Electro Optics of Polymer Materials Lab, X-Ray Laser Lab, Laser Cooling Lab, Plasma Lab, and Computational Materials Lab.
The Department has formed close collaborations with Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, National Center for High-Performance Computing, Industrial Technology Research Institute, and research institutes at other universities and in industries. There have also been frequent visits of well-known scholars from abroad and mainland China for research initiatives and lecture series. The Department also undertakes research projects from industries, aiming to achieve a high degree of integration between fundamental researches and industrial applications.
In 2005 the Department became the first in this country to implement the Technology-Enabled Active Learning (TEAL) system developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, which was seeking to enhance accessibility of abstract concepts through videos and animations by means of computers. To realize this goal we have built custom-made, cutting-edge TEAL classrooms. Besides integrating classroom lectures and lab experiments, the TEAL system makes use of computers, videos, animations, classroom demonstrations, Personal-Response-System (PRS), group discussions, blackboard tests, and guidance from teaching assistants. The student-centered teaching approach and highly interactive and cooperative learning scheme have enhanced the teaching quality enormously. Presently the University has two TEAL classrooms and the TEAL-based General Physics and General Physics Lab courses have been installed into the curriculums of the College of Sciences and the College of Engineering.