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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

I sometimes hire undergraduate students for part-time research assistant positions. If you have good marks in your courses and some practical experience (e.g., electronics, amateur radio, fpgas, machining, optics, 3-d printing, ...) --- perhaps obtained through your hobbies --- please get in contact with me (send CV/resume and unofficial grades report).

Research Interests:

Experimental Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (AMO) (laser cooling and trapping, Rydberg atoms, 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 also have a selection of third year thermal physics problems available here

I'm working on a set of notes concerning special relativity and electromagnetic radiation: Accelerate to radiate They are suitable for upper-year and graduate students. They are currently incomplete.



  1. Phys 701, Quantum Mechanics (graduate), Fall 2023.
  2. Phys 706, Electromagnetic Theory (graduate), Winter 2024.

Recent Past:

  1. I taught Phys 706, Electromagnetic Theory, in the Winter 2022 term.
  2. I taught Phys 442, Electricity and Magnetism 3, in the Fall 2021 term.
  3. I taught Phys 358, Thermal Physics, in the Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 terms.
  4. I taught Phys 263, Classical Mechanics and Special Relativity, in the Winter 2019 term.
  5. I taught Phys 701, Quantum Mechanics, in the Fall 2018 term.
  6. I taught Phys 706, Electromagnetic theory, in the Winter 2018 term.

Last modified: April 20, 2023
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