Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia

Atomic and Molecular Physics


Terceiro ciclo




Maria Luisa Dias de Carvalho de Sousa Leonardo

Opening date



2750,00 Euros/year for all students.


It depends on the working method of each training course. The working time for the classes will be agreed with each PhD student, or when there are more than 10 students in each year, it will be agreed with all students of the programme.

Education objectives

Physics is an area of fundamental knowledge. Along with mathematics is the foundation of all other scientific and technological fields. Inherited from ancient philosophy to demand the truth, the primary laws and concepts that allow us to explain the matter, the universe and even life. In this sense, physics is the scientific area that is at the frontier of knowledge. 

Its importance for the development was recognized by the United Nations, which declared 2005 the International Year of Physics. 
Fulfilling the objectives of the 3rd cycle to ensure training leading to innovation capabilities conceptual or instrumental, critical analysis and evaluation, promotion of technological progress, skills that result from specialization and systematic understanding of a sub-area scientific-technological and purchasing skills and methods of investigation, this doctoral program aims at training specialists with great capacity for innovation and promoting technological progress in the following sub-areas of physics: 

  1. Physics of Surfaces and Interfaces (thin films, catalysis, interface processes at the molecular level, surface spectroscopies) 
  2. Studies in Advanced Materials (nano-structures, insulators, semiconductors, oxides of broadband, magnetic materials and super-conductors, liquid crystals) 
  3. Atomic and Molecular Interactions (Proceedings in environmental and biological molecules, interaction of molecular beams, relativistic self-consistent studies of atoms and molecules) 
  4. Nuclear Reactions (nuclear reactions relevant to Nuclear Astrophysics) 
  5. Optical (Multi photoionization, nonlinear optics) 
  6. Development of materials (written and lab) for Basic and Secondary Education, including teacher training. 

In these sub-areas, the topics covered are areas of great importance (with big international repercussions), not only in fundamental terms, but also in terms of the potential for technological application.


1.º Year
Code Name ECTS
12073 Project 36.0
1.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
12070 Advanced Quantum Mechanics and Statistical Physics 6.0
12071 Advanced Topics on Physics I 6.0
12072 Advanced Topics on Physics II 6.0
2.º Year
Code Name ECTS
12074 Thesis 180.0