Professor Patrick Briddon
Professor of Computational Physics

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  • Address: E4.41
    School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    Merz Court
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU, UK

Patrick is a member of the Emerging Technologies and Materials research group.

Research Interests

My work is concerned with the theoretical modelling of the properties of materials, primarily utilising principles techniques such as density functional theory. I am the author of the modelling package AIMPRO modelling program used by my group in Newcastle as well as other groups in the UK and internationally. I am highly involved in high performance computing in the UK and maintain a keen interest in the development and implementation of highly scaling numerical algorithms on massively parallel architectures.

Postgraduate Supervision

I have supervised seven postgraduate students over the last five years. Of these four have been awarded PhD degrees (all of whom currently hold academic or research assistant posts at HE institutes); one is writing up; the others are in their first and second years.


Undergraduate Teaching

I have taught the following courses over the last few years:

    Molecular modelling — a course taught to final year chemistry students covering the rudiments of some of the modelling techniques used in chemistry.
    Solid State Physics — a course taught to final year physics students covering crystallography, the properties of electrons in solids, phonons and other excitations, semiconductors.
    Computer modelling — a course that examines how some of the important differential equations of mathematical physics can be solved numerically using a computer.
    Atomic Physics — a course lookng at the electronic structure of atoms, including the Schrodiunger treatment, fine structure, many electron effects (the Hartree method) and LS coupling.
    Staticstical Physics — a course taught to second year physics/natural science students introducing the fundamental principles underpinning this subject.
    Quantum Mechanics — a mathematical treatment of many of the important ideas of quantum theory.
    Electromagnetism — a course given to stage 2 physics students introducing the formal structure of this subject up to Maxwell's equations in vacuo and in the presence of dielectric and magnetic materials. The solution of these for electromagentic waves in good dielectric and conductors.