The admission exam will be conducted in English. It consists of 4 parts.
A short (10 min) presentation of the applicant’s research experience (such as undergraduate thesis work).
Presentation of three topics selected by the exam committee from the following list (two from sections A-C and one obligatory from section D):
- Section A
- Inertial frames of reference; Galilean and Lorentz transformations
- Formulations of classical mechanics
- Symmetries and constants of motion
- The two-body problem
- Section B
- Maxwell’s equations and the electric and magnetic properties of matter
- Electromagnetic waves
- Principles of thermodynamics
- Maxwell-Boltzmann, Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac distributions
- Section C
- The Schrödinger equation and the interpretation of the wave function
- Observables in quantum mechanics and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle
- Quantum description of the hydrogen atom
- Symmetries in Quantum Theory
- Section D
- Interaction of radiation with matter
- Elements, isotopes, and the mechanism of fission and fusion
- Nuclear reactor physics
- Fluid flow and heat transfer
Presentation of a selected topic related to the future research program (about 20 min). The topic will be sent to the candidate by e-mail two weeks before the exam date.
An interview with candidates. The interview result evaluates: 1) scientific score of a candidate; 2) participation in scientific projects; 3) earlier experience in high temperature reactors technology; 4) motivation to participate in highly advanced research. The interview part of the exam is marked on the scale 1-10.
Each part of the exam is evaluated separately on a scale of A-D. An applicant may be admitted to our Graduate Studies Program if each of the three parts receives at least a B grade. The exam for foreign candidates can also be arranged via teleconference.