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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

Research Interests:

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

Fourth year research projects (Phys 437A/B) are available.

Opportunities for undergraduates:

Are you interested in acquiring some skills useful in experimental physics and learning how a fundamental technology works from first principles? If so, you may be interested in building and testing an AM/FM radio!

NOTE: regarding AM/FM radio project: I'm full up for the Spring 2018 term, but let me know if you are interested in Fall 2018 and beyond. Thanks! --- Jim. UW Physics students (2nd year and higher) who are interested in constructing a well-thought-out AM/FM radio kit are invited to get in contact with me. I will provide you with a brand-new kit and guidance. No experience is necessary --- just curiosity and some hard work. By constructing and testing an AM/FM radio you will learn how to solder, the practical details of inductors, capacitors, and transistors, how to use an oscilloscope, etc... In other words, pretty useful stuff for a real experimental physicist! I enjoy electronics, and I want to share my knowledge and experience with those who also might be interested.


I have taught a wide variety of courses here at UW, ranging from introductory second year optics to graduate quantum mechanics. I'm interested in all aspects of physics and how it helps us understand the world around us.

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

Last modified: May 15, 2018
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