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LAUNCH PAD

to Exciting Possibilities

Division of Physics & Applied Physics

Direct B.Sc. (Hons) in Physics

School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences

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what some of our graduates are doing now

excitingpossibilities

Physics and Applied Physics | NTU

“My favourite part in Physics and Applied

Physics (PAP) was that I was involved in

undergraduate research projects since my

early second year. This allowed me to learn

while doing - manipulating ultrafast laser

systems; building optical setups; configuring

the electronics and programming interfaces

from scratch. The involvement in cutting edge

physics projects and the dedicated

mentorship of three professors over the years

played an important part in my learning and

shaping of my perspectives.”

Edbert Jarvis SIE

Class of 2008 | SMUK I BPK PENABUR,

Jakarta Alumnus | pursuing PhD at MIT -

researching on strongly correlated electron

systems in condensed matter

“My time spent in Physics and Applied

Physics (PAP) was the most character

shaping chapter of my life. This was a period

of time I can now look back upon and

conclude that it was the best time of my life

thus far. I toiled at the rigorous academic

workload, trained up my experimental

dexterity, built rapport with batch-mates,

befriended the administrative staff, had

tea-breaks with professors, guided many

juniors, gritted my teeth through the final

year project, and finally here I stand, a proud

graduate. I would not trade my time spent

here for anything else.”

NGIAM Song Wee

Class of 2011 | Raffles Junior College

Alumnus | Physics Teacher (MOE)

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Launching to an Exciting Career ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

“I like that in PAP, students are given

ample opportunities to engage in research

work from their early undergraduate years.

For those planning to pursue a postgraduate

degree or research career, these experiences

are extremely useful. The most memorable

times I had in PAP was while doing my final

year project. I later went on to present the

results at the International Conference on

Materials for Advanced Technologies and

had a journal publication on it as well.”

PANG Ai Lin Christina

Class of 2009 | Hwa Chong Junior College

Alumna | pursuing joint A*STAR - Imperial

College PhD - researching on photovoltaics.

“I work on sensor image processing aiming

to give our soldiers the best eyes in the

battlefield. Although there was a lot to learn

on the job, my four years in PAP has given

me a good foundation in terms of knowledge

and problem solving techniques. Typically,

professors in PAP would warmly open their

labs to undergraduates interested to join

them for research projects. This allowed

me to explore research as a career and

Physics became more interesting as we

saw concepts learnt in class put to

use in real life.”

SEOW Kai Ling Cheryl

Class of 2010 | Meridian Junior College

Alumna | Member of Technical Staff at

DSO National Laboratories

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what some of our graduates are doing now

excitingpossibilities

Physics and Applied Physics | NTU

“At Physics and Applied Physics (PAP),

I enjoyed the freedom to learn and was

fortunate to be closely supervised by a few

professors. My most memorable moments

include the countless number of lunch time

chit-chats with many different professors,

who invariably talk about their fascinating

stories and never fail to impress us or impart

a lesson in life.”

WANG Shengtao

Class of 2011 | Hwa Chong Junior College

Alumnus | pursuing PhD at University of

Michigan Ann-Arbor

“At Physics and Applied Physics, I have

been exposed to mainstream scientific

research. The approachable and friendly

faculties created an environment conducive

for learning and building intellectual

confidence. At Physics and Applied

Physics, I built my first laser.”

Purnawirman HUANG

Class of 2009/2011 (Masters) |

SMAN 1 Pekanbaru, Indonesia Alumnus |

pursuing PhD at MIT working on

photonics microsystems

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Other NTU Physics Graduates currently pursuing PhD

Ma Rui Chao (Harvard University) Ali Sucipto Tan (UC Berkeley)

Gao Jing (Rochester University) Wu Xing (Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics)

Tan Zhi Yong (Rice University) Chong You Quan (Stony Brook University)

Goh Boon Chong (University of Illinois Urbana Champaign)

Jeremy Hadidjojo (University of Michigan Ann-Arbor)

Mridula Damodaran (Purdue University)

NTU: Ho Hui Wen | Tan Lihao | Huynh Hoai Nguyen | Michael Adrian |

Tee Xian Yang | Xia Bin | Chan Chon U | Azat Sulaev | Indra Purnama |

Kwan Yue Chau | Tai Kong Fai | Wong Wan Chap | Zhang Zhifeng

NUS: Teguh Citra Asmara | Li Suchun | Lim Ci Ji | Ricksen Surya Winardhi |

Teo Yon Shin

“My four years at Physics and Applied

Physics (PAP) prepared me well for my role

as a research engineer in Robert Bosch

SEA and though the time spent studying

physics was difficult, tiring and frustrating,

it has developed my perseverance and

this helps me in solving scientific problems

that I encounter in my work.”

KWAN Yue Chau Garen

Class of 2011 | Anderson Junior College

Alumnus | Research Engineer at Robert

Bosch SEA and con-currently pursuing

PhD At NTU

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Some examples of career options for physics graduates

Technology

DSO National Laboratories, Hewlett-Packard, Sony, Seagate, Samsung, A*STAR,

Applied Materials etc.

Education

Ministry of Education, Nanyang Technological University etc.

“My job involves sourcing, compiling and

analysing fiscal, social and economic data used

by MOF in formulating government policies.

I also help monitor local and international

developments that may impact Singapore.

At Physics and Applied Physics, solving mind

twisting problems in relativity and the abstract

quantum mechanics help developed in-depth

analytical thinking. The freedom to take electives

in business and mathematics also broaden my

perspectives – learning cross disciplinary

applications.”

CHOI Wen Ting | Class of 2011

Class of 2011 | Jurong Junior College Alumnus |

Associate (Economics) at Ministry of Finance

Professionals

British Petroleum, Singapore General Hospital, National Cancer Center (Singapore),

National Environment Agency etc.

Commerce and Finance

Ernst & Young, Standard Chartered, Singapore Exchange, Bank of America, Ministry of Finance etc.

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Quality Teaching and Undergraduate Research Opportunities

empoweringourstudents

Physics and Applied Physics | NTU

Assistant Prof

SUM Tze Chien

Nanyang Award

for Excellence

in Teaching 2006

SPMS Teaching

Excellence Award

2006, 2007, 2008, 2009:

Honour Roll 2010

Koh Boon Hwee

Scholars Award 2011

(honoured by student

Ngiam Song Wee)

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Nanyang Assistant Prof XIONG Qihua

(Right) (National Research Foundation Fellow)

with Muhammad Iqbal Bakti Utama

(Physics and Applied Physics 4 th year)

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Visiting Prof Maria-Elisabeth MICHEL-

BEYERLE and Gagik G GURZADYAN

having a discussion on the application of

ultrafast laser spectroscopy to study the

dynamics of biomolecules.

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Assistant Prof Elbert CHIA Ee Min

Nanyang Award for Excellence

in Teaching 2011

SPMS Teaching Excellence Award

2010, 2011

Nanyang Assistant Prof Rainer DUMKE

(Left) with OON Fong En (NTU 2011)

and exchange Masters student

Mussie BEIAN (from Darmstadt, Germany)

in the ultra-cold physics laboratory.

“I joined Prof Xiong’s research group in

my second year and was exposed to the

frontier of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

I developed a novel methodology to prepare

nano-sized structures called semiconductor

nanowires and studied their unique physical

properties where quantum effects become

increasingly apparent. Thus far, I have

co-authored three publications: Nano Lett.

2011, 11, 3051, (where I was the first author

and the article was featured on the cover of

August 2011 Nano Lett.); Adv. Mater. 2011,

23, 1404; and Nano Lett. 2010, 10, 3940.”

- Iqbal

In PAP, we host renowned visiting

professors, including Nobel Laureate

Prof Rudolph A. Marcus.

Our proximity to the Institute of

Advanced Studies (NTU), which

regularly hosts international

conferences and Nobel laureates,

also allows our students to have

opportunities to interact with

these distinguished researchers.

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Physics and Applied Physics | NTU

Physics Research at Different Frontiers

SMALL THINGS

BIG FUTURE

NANOSCIENCE &

NANOELECTRONICS

(H. J. FAN, W. S. LEW, Y. MA,

Z. X. SHEN, C. SOCI, T. WU,

Q. H. XIONG, T. YU)

OPTICS & LASER

SPECTROSCOPY

(C. H. HUAN,

G. G. GURZADYAN,

T. C. SUM, H. D. SUN,

B. L. ZHANG)

BIOPHYSICS

(A. T. PHAN,

S.-Y. TEE,

M-E. MICHEL-

BEYERLE)

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FLUID DYNAMICS

(C. D. OHL)

ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS

(T. Y. KOH)

Contributed by T. Yu and Q. H. Xiong

(Left) Electron micrographs of

ZnO flower (~ 1 µm across)

(Right) ZnO nanowires surrounding a

30 nm thick cross-shaped gold film

Study of physics through

various kind of

spectroscopic methods

including use of

femtosecond laser.

ULTRAFAST

Contributed by A T Phan

Picture shows the

structure of a new

DNA fold revealed

by Nuclear Magnetic

Resonance (NMR)

Cavitation within a droplet.

Featured in Wired and

National Geographic.

ORDER IN

COMPLEXITY

COAMPS simulation of typhoon Vamei hitting the

southern tip of the Malay Peninsula and Singapore

on 27 Dec 2001 at 0600 UTC (1400h Singapore

Time). Arrows denote 850mb-winds and shading

(with the zero contour in magenta) represent the

absolute vorticity (a measure of local rotation) in

the flow.

10 6 m

Ultracold

10 -10 m

ULTRACOLD ATOM/

QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY

(R. DUMKE, D. WILKOWSKI)

Contributed by R Dumke

The peak represents Bose-Einstein

condensate (BEC) at 10 -9 K achieved

by a combination of laser cooling

and magnetic evaporative cooling.

SUPERCONDUCTORS,

QUANTUM MAGNETISM,

TOPOLOGICAL INSULATORS

(E. M. CHIA, C. PANAGOPOULOS,

Contributed by

E M Chia

Phase diagram of high-temperature

superconductors, showing proximity

of anti-ferromagnetism &

superconductivity. Featured on

cover page of Physica Status

Solidi: Rapid Research Letters

THEORETICAL PHYSICS

Nonlinear/Chaotic systems in Physics;

Condensed Matter Physics;

EconoPhysics etc.

L. WANG) (L. Y. CHEW, S. A. CHEONG,

Y. D. CHONG, S. Y. HO,

P. SENGUPTA, I. SHELYKH)

EXOTIC

STATES

OF MATTER

10 -15 s

Contributed by L. Y. Chew

Poincare section of a chaotic

coupled pendulum system showing

KAM islands amidst a chaotic sea.

At NTU Physics and Applied Physics, our research

covers both the technological and the theoretical

realms of Physics; we construct tiny nanostructures by

manipulating atom by atom, probe ultrashort microscopic

processes in nature using ultrafast femtosecond lasers…

study organic solar cells…analyze vast atmospheric

systems…exploring the common themes encompassing

theoretical Physics, complex systems and the financial

markets; chilling to near absolute zero, we can generate

an `army’ of gaseous atoms moving in unison…in selected

solids, we experiment to find the right conditions to

produce exotic states of matter which may have

technological applications…we study the behaviour and

many applications of empty bubbles in liquids such as

fragmentation of kidney stones and non-invasive delivery

of medical drugs…we also research on the living -

dynamics and structure of the complex DNA; …the list

goes on....anyone interested in invisibility cloaks

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Quality Teaching and Undergraduate Research Opportunities

empoweringourstudents

Physics and Applied Physics | NTU

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Assistant Prof CHEONG Siew Ann

Nanyang Award for Excellence

in Teaching 2010

SPMS Teaching Excellence Award

2008, 2010, 2011

Science Mentorship Programme

Outstanding Mentor Award

2010

Assistant

Prof KOH Tieh Yong

SPMS Teaching

Excellence Award

2006, 2007, 2009

Koh Boon Hwee

Scholars Awards

2011 (separately

honoured by students

Aaron Chiang and

Wang Shengtao)

Assistant Prof CHEW Lock Yue

Nanyang Award for Excellence

in Teaching 2007

SPMS Teaching Excellence Award

2009

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Dr MA Yun

Physics lecturer at PAP

conducts fundamental Physics courses.

Yenny WIJAYA

building a laser system when she was in

undergraduate second year. After

graduation, she started working at

Intel-Micron as workforce development

engineer.

Nanyang Assistant

Prof Cesare SOCI

(winner of

ProSPER.NET-Scopus

Young Scientist Award)

and CHIN Xin Yu

(Physics and

Applied Physics 4 th year)

discussing about the

properties of organic

polymers that are useful

for plastic solar cells.

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workplayduality

Physics and Applied Physics | NTU

“IIn the Division of Physics and Applied Physics

students and professors share the joy in making

discoveries together.”

Associate Prof PHAN Anh Tuan (centre)

Acting Head of Division (with students

Christopher Lech and Pham Dang Khoa)

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LEE Jun Hin, Kenneth

3 rd year

Singapore

Polytechnic

Alumnus

CHUA Xin Yi, Simon

2 nd year

Ngee Ann

Polytechnic

Alumnus

TANG Chi Sin

4 th year

St Andrew’s

Junior College

Alumnus

MA Ka Kui

4 th year

Meridian Junior

College Alumnus

QUEK Wei Liang

3 rd year

Jurong Junior

College Alumnus

Felicia Fibiani

PERMATASARI

4 th year

EBTANAS/SMA

UAN – SMA

Kristen Petra 2,

Surabaya Alumna

LIN Qinghua

4 th year

Hwa Chong

Junior

College

Alumnus

LEUNG

Ho Fai

4 th year

National

Junior

College

Alumnus

TAM Qian Xin

3 rd year

Sek Men J

Keb Nan

Hwa Almuna

CHOU

Kok Loong

4 th year

Serangoon

Junior College

Alumnus

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Physics is exciting and physics at

NTU is a great and rewarding adventure.”

Prof HUAN Cheng Hon, Alfred (left)

with student Quek Wei Liang at 2011 PAP nite.

Students

at Work

Learning about

interferometry

(Left to right:

Students Chou

Kok Loong, Lim

Hui Ping, Chan

Zi Yu and Tang

Chi Sin)

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PING PONG DAY

An opportunity to play a game of ping pong with

the professors. Here, we see Prof Shen Zexiang

in action.

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workplayduality

Physics and Applied Physics | NTU

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Chern Han (right) having a discussion with

Prof Roy Glauber at the annual Lindau Nobel

Laureate Meeting in 2010. Chern Han is one

of the ten students selected from universities

in ASEAN to attend. That year, Singapore

universities had two representatives, both

from School of Physical and Mathematical

Sciences, NTU.

ER Chern Han

Class of 2010

Foon Yew High School, Johor Bahru Alumnus

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There are many opportunities for

students to go abroad for exchange

programs, attend workshops and even

conferences.

Whei Yeap on an exchange program in

McMaster University in Canada – he also

had the chance to visit many US and

Canadian cities during the five months there.

SUEN Whei Yeap

Class of 2011

SMK St. Michael’s Institution, Ipoh Alumnus

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In 2011, Hugh Tay secured a three month

internship at CERN where the Large Hadron

Collider (LHC) is housed.

“In CERN, Physicists are on the quest of

understanding the most fundamental building

blocks of our universe – answering questions

such as why is there mass; are there higher

dimensions etc.”

Hugh TAY Keng Liang

Physics and Applied Physics 4th year

Tampines Junior College Alumnus

“I enjoy studying in PAP ever since

I enter NTU. The courses are very

interesting and my passion towards

physics had been greatly increased.

The professors, lecturers and tutors I

had met are nice and approachable. I

can ask for advices whenever I need

them. At the end of my first year, I

had joined a research group under

one of my professors. Throughout the

research, I gained a lot of knowledge

and experience. After one year in PAP,

I know that I have chosen the right

path for my future.”

TAM Qian Xin (centre)

Physics and Applied Physics

3rd year

Sek Men J Keb Nan Hwa Almuna

(with Phua Jun Hao and Kenneth Lee)

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“My experience in PAP has been truly

enriching. There are many knowledgeable

lecturers and tutors that constantly provide

guidance and enlightenment in not only

concepts about physics, but also about

concepts in life. Over the past one year, I’ve

gained a great deal of confidence in my own

abilities to adapt and succeed.”

ANG Yuen Siang

Physics and Applied Physics 3rd year

Victoria Junior College Alumnus

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Division of Physics & Applied Physics

School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Nanyang Technological University

SPMS-PAP-02-01, 21 Nanyang Link

Singapore 637371

Email juliettansp@ntu.edu.sg | laichun@ntu.edu.sg

Phone (65) 6316 8854 | (65) 6316 2962

Fax (65) 6795 7981

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