Dr Ludovic Rapp is a Senior Research Fellow at Laser Physics Centre (LPC) at the Australian National University (ANU) and the group leader of the High-Power Laser group. Ludovic has a strong background in ultra-fast laser interaction with matter, ultra-fast laser micromachining and expertise in beam shaping. His research work at ANU on high-pressure material phases formation using ultra-intense laser pulses led to the discovery of two new high-density phases of Silicon, published in Nature Communications. His research interest also includes laser cleaning, laser dentistry, complex beam formation, and advanced laser processing. Dr Rapp participated in two European 7th Framework Programme: “Ultrafast High-Average Power Thin-Disk Oscillators and Amplifiers” and “Laser printing of organic/inorganic material for the fabrication of electronic devices”, two ARC Discovery Projects: “Ultra-fast alchemy: A new strategy to synthesise super-dense nanomaterials” and “Non-equilibrium material phases”, and one ARC Linkage Project: “Laser cleaning processes for Roads and Maritime Services”.
Dr Ludovic Rapp is the Laser Safety Officer of the Research School of Physics and a member of the Work, Health, and Safety (WHS) team.
- ANU Phys1101 Physics - Workshop
- ANU Phys1101 Physics - Labs
Physics 1 introduces the fundamentals of university physics, and should be taken by all students planning to major or minor in physics.
The course focuses on using modelling and estimation to figure out the physics of complex real-world situations, on applying the mathematical concepts of vectors and vector fields, and on experimental skills. It is taught in small-group hands-on workshops and laboratories.
Syllabus: Mechanics, point-particle models, contact forces, rigid body models and rotation. Theory and practice of DC circuits and simple AC circuits. Thermal physics and heat transfer. Writing computer programs to numerically model dynamical situations, and to plot and fit data. Measuring and calculating uncertainties, interpreting uncertain data. Vectors and vector fields. Electrostatics, magnetostatics and induction.
Construct and use appropriate physical models for complex, real-world physics problems in the fields of mechanics and thermal physics.
Quickly estimate order-of-magnitude values for a wide range of physical quantities.
Measure and calculate uncertainties, and interpret uncertain data.
Use computer programs to analyse data and to model complex physical systems.Become proficient with vectors and vector fields
Use vectors and vector fields to calculate electric and magnetic fields.
Construct and analyse DC and simple AC circuits
- ANU Phys1201 Physics - Labs
Physics 2 builds on Physics 1, PHYS1101, with a greater emphasis on mathematical techniques. It is an essential course for any student intending to study physics in later years as it introduces foundational knowledge in the areas of waves and optics, mathematical physics, stationary action principles, and special relativity. The course develops experimental and mathematical methods as parts of an integrated approach to physics.
This course together with Physics 1 provide the basis for further study of physics. They underpin the study at second year level of the core physics areas of: quantum mechanics, statistical and thermal physics, electromagnetism, and classical physics.
Understand the concepts of special relativity, including: the postulates, time dilation, length contraction and the relativity of simultaneity.
Be able use the Lorentz transformations for event coordinates.
Understand the stationary action principle and its origin in quantum mechanics.
Be able to derive the Euler-Lagrange equations for simple mechanical systems.
Be able to take a wide range of physical situations, model them using differential equations, and effectively use the solutions.
Be able to set up and compute 3D integrals of both scalar and vector quantities and use them to compute physical quantities such as electric fields and moments of inertia.
Be able to model physical systems as damped, driven and coupled harmonic oscillators.
Be able to apply physics principles to the solution of problems, including complex problems, and to the conduct of experiments.
Have developed laboratory skills including equipment skills, data gathering and analysis, estimation and interpretation of uncertainties and, experiment design, and presentation.