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James D. D. Martin

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Associate Professor of Physics, University of Waterloo

Contact information:

Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Waterloo
200 University Ave West
Waterloo, ON
N2L 3G1 Canada

E-mail: jddmartin@uwaterloo.ca
Office: Room 357, Physics Building, 519-888-4567 Ext. 33201
Laboratories: Rooms 140 and 139, Physics Building, 519-888-4567 Ext. 35426 and Ext. 36279
FAX: 519-746-8115

Attention UW students: To save time, please attach your unofficial transcript to any e-mail message to which it is relevant (course overrides, fourth year project requests, etc...). Thanks in advance --- Jim.

Research Interests:

Experimental Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (AMO) (laser cooling and trapping, atom chips, decoherence).

March 2021: A simple derivation of Floquet's theorem, as normally applied to unitary evolution in quantum mechanics is available here.
March 2020: We have recently identified the precise relationship between Many-Mode Floquet Theory (MMFT) and "regular" Floquet theory (as formulated by Shirley), in the case of commensurate frequencies.
For more information, please see our publications.

If you are interested in joining our group as a graduate student, you are welcome to contact me to discuss potential research projects.


I have taught a wide variety of courses here at UW, ranging from introductory second year optics to graduate quantum mechanics. I have assembled a small selection of problems from these courses, that may be of interest to others.


I am currently teaching Phys 358, Thermal Physics, in the Spring 2021 term. The textbook is Schroeder's Introduction to Thermal Physics


I will be teaching Phys 442, Electricity and Magnetism 3, in the Fall 2021 term.
I will be teaching Phys 706, Electromagnetic Theory, in the Winter 2022 term.

Recent Past:

  1. I taught Phys 358, Thermal Physics, in the Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 terms.
  2. I taught Phys 263, Classical Mechanics and Special Relativity, in the Winter 2019 term.
  3. I taught Phys 701, Quantum Mechanics, in the Fall 2018 term.
  4. I taught Phys 706, Electromagnetic theory, in the Winter 2018 term.

Last modified: March 9, 2021
J. D. D. Martin