Massimo Boninsegni

Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics


Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics
3-185 Centennial Ctr For Interdisciplinary SCS II
11335 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5


Area of Study / Keywords

Theoretical condensed matter physics quantum many-body problem superconductivity superfluidity Bose condensation Quantum Monte Carlo simulations computational physics



BSc, Physics, 1986, Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy

PhD, Physics, 1992, Florida State University, USA

Professional experience

´╗┐Postdoctoral Research Associate, NCSA, University of Illinois, 1992-1995

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Delaware, 1995-1997

Assistant Professor, San Diego State University, 1997-2001

Associate Professor, San Diego State University, 2001-2002

Associate Professor, University of Alberta, 2002-2005

Professor, University of Alberta, 2005-present

Honors and Awards

Fellow, American Physical Society, Division of Computational Physics (2008)


PHYS 124 - Particles and Waves

Algebra-based course primarily for students in life, environmental, and medical sciences. It guides the student through two distinct types of motion: motion of matter (particles) and wave motion. Vectors, forces, bodies in equilibrium, review of kinematics and basic dynamics; conservation of momentum and energy; circular motion; vibrations; elastic waves in matter; sound; wave optics; black body radiation, photons, de Broglie waves. Examples relevant in environmental, life, and medical sciences will be emphasized. Prerequisites: Physics 20 or equivalent, Mathematics 30-1. Physics 30 is strongly recommended. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of PHYS 124, 144, EN PH 131 or SCI 100. Note: To proceed to PHYS 146 after taking PHYS 124, it is strongly recommended that a minimum grade of B- be achieved in PHYS 124.

PHYS 541 - Condensed Matter Physics I

Crystal structure and symmetries; electrons and band structure; semiconductors and heterostructures; lattice vibrations and thermal properties.

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