Richard Sydora, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics Admin


Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics Admin
(780) 492-3624
3-122 Centennial Ctr For Interdisciplinary SCS II
11335 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



BSc Applied Mathematics (Honours), University of Alberta (1979)
MSc Space Physics, University of Alaska, Fairbanks (1981)
PhD Physics, University of Texas, Austin (1985)



Energy conversion and nonlinear processes in plasmas
Physics of reconnecting magnetic fields
Particle acceleration in plasmas: lasers, nonlinear plasma waves
Turbulence and transport in plasmas
Kinetic plasma simulation: particle and Vlasov methods


MA PH 343 - Classical Mechanics I

Principles of mechanics; non-inertial frames; Lagrange's equations and Hamilton's principle; dynamics of oscillating systems; rigid body kinematics and dynamics; Hamiltonian methods and canonical transformations. Prerequisite: PHYS 244, MATH 215 or 317.

Fall Term 2021
PHYS 308 - Statistical, Molecular, and Solid State Physics

Classical and quantum statistics; fermions; bosons; molecular structure and spectra; molecular bonding; vibrational and rotational states; absorption; stimulated emission; population inversion; lasers; solid state physics; crystal structure; free-electron gas in metals; band theory of solids; semiconductors; semiconductor devices; superconductivity. Prerequisites: PHYS 208 or 271; MATH 101 or 115 or 118 or 136 or 146 or 156 or SCI 100. Note: Not available for credit towards Honours Physics and Mathematical Physics degree programs. Offered alternate years only. Consult Department for course scheduling.

Winter Term 2022

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