Frank Hegmann, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics


Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics
(780) 492-7852
3-197 Centennial Ctr For Interdisciplinary SCS II
11335 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



My expertise is in ultrafast phenomena of materials, terahertz (THz) science and technology, ultrafast scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), optics and photonics, and nanophysics. I have two labs in Physics, the Ultrafast Spectroscopy Lab and the Ultrafast Nanotools Lab, where we use advanced femtosecond laser sources to perform time-resolved THz spectroscopy and THz-STM for exploring fundamental ultrafast processes in materials down to the atomic scale.


2014-15 University of Alberta McCalla Professorship 

2014 Alberta Innovates Technology Futures/iCORE Strategic Chair in Terahertz Science and Technology



Experimental condensed matter physics, ultrafast terahertz spectroscopy, terahertz scanning tunneling microscopy, transient photoconductivity, biological effects of intense THz pulses, THz source development, nanomaterials, nanotechnology, photonics, optics


Recipient of the 2013 Faculty of Science Award for Excellent Teaching


PHYS 271 - Introduction to Modern Physics

Experimental evidence for limitations of classical physics; review of special relativity: quantization of charge, light, and energy; blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect, Compton effect; models of the atom; wavelike properties of particles; the uncertainty principle, the Schrodinger Equation, the infinite and finite square well, the harmonic oscillator, tunneling; the hydrogen atom, orbital angular momentum and electron spin; spin and statistics; selected topics. Prerequisite: one of PHYS 124, PHYS 144, or EN PH 131, and one of PHYS 126, PHYS 146, or PHYS 130. Pre- or Corequisite: MATH 209 or 215 or 317 or equivalent. Note: Credit may be obtained in only one of PHYS 208 or 271.

PHYS 481 - Electromagnetic Theory II

Electromotive force; Faraday's law; inductance; Maxwell's equations in free space and in matter; electromagnetic potentials; gauges; energy and momentum conservation laws; plane waves in vacuum, in nonconducting and in conducting media; reflection and refraction of electromagnetic waves; dispersion, wave guides; dipole radiation; radiation due to moving charge; radiation reaction. Prerequisite: PHYS 381, MATH 337 or ECE 341 or equivalent.

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