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CHAIRMAN OF EXAMINERS

The Vice-Chancellor desires to call the attention of all examiners to the provisions of Ch. VI, Sect. II.C, § 1, clauses 1, 2, and 3 (Examination Decrees, 1995, p. 1002–3), which require examiners in all university examinations to appoint one of their number to act as Chairman, to notify the appointment to the Vice-Chancellor, and to publish it in the University Gazette.

He desires that these appointments shall be notified to the Clerk of the Schools who will himself inform the Vice-Chancellor and see that notice of them is duly published in the University Gazette.

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CHAIRMEN OF EXAMINERS

HILARY TERM AND APRIL 1996

Preliminary Examinations

English and Modern Languages (Part I: Modern Languages): J.D. RUTHERFORD, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Queen's

European and Middle Eastern Languages: J.D. RUTHERFORD, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Queen's

Modern History and Modern Languages (Part I: Modern Languages): J.D. RUTHERFORD, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Queen's

Modern Languages: J.D. RUTHERFORD, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Queen's

Philosophy and Modern Languages: J.D. RUTHERFORD, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Queen's

Honour Moderations

Greek and Latin Literature: N.G. WILSON, MA, Fellow of Lincoln

Latin Literature with Greek: N.G. WILSON, MA, Fellow of Lincoln

Master of Philosophy

Qualifying Test in European Politics and Society: J.E.S. HAYWARD, MA, Fellow of St Antony's (address: Centre for European Politics, Economics, and Society)

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TRINITY TERM 1996

Preliminary Examinations

Biochemistry: D.A. HARRIS, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of St Anne's (address: Department of Biochemistry)

Honour Moderations

Engineering Science: D.C. WITT, MA, Fellow of Merton (address: Department of Engineering Science)

Law Moderations

D.J. IBBETSON, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Magdalen

Honour Schools

Engineering Science Part I: H.J. BURD, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Brasenose

Engineering Science Part II: H.J. BURD, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Brasenose

Natural Science—Biochemistry Part II: J.S. KNOWLAND, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Pembroke (address: Department of Biochemistry)

Master of Philosophy

Qualifying Examination in European Politics and Society: J.E.S. HAYWARD, MA, Fellow of St Antony's (address: Centre for European Politics, Economics, and Society)

European Politics and Society: J.E.S. HAYWARD, MA, Fellow of St Antony's (address: Centre for European Politics, Economics, and Society)

Master of Science

Applied Statistics: B.D. RIPLEY, MA, Fellow of St Peter's (address: Department of Statistics)

Diplomas

Applied Statistics: B.D. RIPLEY, MA, Fellow of St Peter's (address: Department of Statistics) Social Administration and Social Studies: A. CHAWLUK, Fellow of Mansfield

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EXAMINATION SCHOOLS

Accommodation for Lectures

Hilary Term 1996

The Chairman of the Curators of the Schools would be grateful if Professors, Readers, and University Lecturers who wish to lecture at the Schools in Hilary Term 1996 could inform the Clerk of the Schools at the end of the present term. It is necessary to know whether a room suitable for an audience of more than one hundred persons is required; only the three large writing-schools will accommodate more than that number.

Leave for the use of rooms for lectures will expire at the end of the seventh week of Hilary Term.

Afternoon lectures should normally finish by 6 p.m.

Attention is drawn to the fact that overhead projection equipment and 35-mm projectors are available. When these facilities are required the Clerk of the Schools should be notified in advance.

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SUB-FACULTY OF PHYSICS

In accordance with the regulations for the Honour School of Natural Science (Physics) the following Syllabuses are published by the Sub-Faculty of Physics.

HONOUR SCHOOL OF NATURAL SCIENCE (PHYSICS)

Syllabuses for Part B of the Second Public Examination of the Four Year Course (Trinity Term 1997) Two written papers of three hours chosen from the following subjects 1. to 6.

1 Particle Physics

Experimental Techniques. Physics of accelerators. Colliders and fixed targets. Event rates and luminosity. Triggers and signal and background processes. Physics of particle detectors. Applications to real experiments. Wire chambers, silicon detectors, calorimeters and muon chambers.

Quark Structure of Hadrons. Structure of hadrons. Deep inelastic scattering, the quark-parton model and QCD. Light hadron masses, magnetic moments and EM decays. Heavy quark states.

Theoretical Principles. Breit-Wigner resonance. Elementary introduction to relativistic quantum mechanics. Matrix elements. Discrete and continuous symmetries. Applications of gauge symmetries.

Applications to the Standard Model. Charged current (CC) weak interactions. V–A theory. Universality of CC. 2 and 4 component neutrino theory. Oscillations in the Ko and bb system. Discovery of the top quark. Electroweak symmetry breaking. The Z resonance and number of neutrino species.

2 Theoretical Physics

Statistical physics: statistical mechanics of interacting systems, cooperative ordering, mean field theory, numerical approaches, scaling and criticality, renormalization group ideas. Stochastic processes, random walks, Brownian motion, Markov processes, Langevin and Fokker–Planck equations.

Quantum mechanics: scattering theory for non-relativistic particles; relativistic quantum mechanics; many-particle systems; path-integral formulation.

Classical fields: covariant formulation of electrodynamics, gauge invariance, retarded potentials, dipole radiation. General Relativity, the equivalence principle, Einstein's equations, geodesics, perihelion of Mercury, simple applications to cosmology.

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3 Physics of Atmospheres and Oceans

Structure and composition of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans. Atmospheric thermodynamics. Energy sources, sinks and transport. Cloud physics.

Fluid motions on a rotating planet. Scale analysis, hydrostatic and geostrophic balance. Inertio-gravity waves. Conversion of potential energy to kinetic energy. Vorticity, Rossby waves. Boundary layers. Boundary currents. Weather forecasting. Predictability and chaos.

The atmospheric radiation budget. Solar radiation. Radiative transfer. Radiative equilibrium. The Greenhouse Effect. Molecular spectra and line shapes.

Atmospheric chemistry, ozone. Catalytic cycles. The Ozone Hole.

Remote sounding of atmospheres. Absorption and emission spectroscopy. Techniques and data interpretation. Satellite and ground-based instrumentation. Current measurement programmes.

Climate and climate variability. Paleoclimates.

Physics and dynamics of planetary atmospheres.

4 Astrophysics

Stellar physics. Theory of stellar photospheres; continuous and absorption-line spectra; chromospheres and coronae; emission-line formation; physics of stellar interiors; structure of main- sequence stars; post-main-sequence evolution; degenerate stars; supernovae.

Normal galaxies. Kinematics of our own Galaxy, globular clusters; galaxy morphology and luminosity functions; mass estimates; groups and clusters of galaxies.

High-energy astrophysics: basic physics of interactions between high energy particles and radiation; interacting binary stellar systems, black holes; active galactic nuclei and relativistic jets.

5 Condensed Matter Physics

Crystal structures. Reciprocal lattices, Brillouin zones. Structure determination—X-ray, neutron and electron diffraction. Symmetry.

Acoustic and optic phonons: measurements of phonon dispersion. Anharmonicity: thermal properties. Structural phase changes.

Electrons in a periodic potential. Band gaps: electron dispersion: effective mass. Fermi surfaces. Semiconductors. Low dimensional structures.

Transport of heat and electrical current in metals and semiconductors. Landau quantisation. Effective mass renormalisation.

Interband optical transitions and excitons. Plasmons. Infra- red absorption/reflectivity and Raman scattering from phonons. Nonlinear optical properties. Applications.

Diamagnetism. Crystal field theory: paramagnetism. Magnetic ordering and phase transitions. Low dimensional magnetism. Spin waves. Magnetic resonance. Critical phenomena. Domains. Applications.

Bose condensation and superfluids. Convential, organic and high Tc superconductors: thermodynamics, London and BCS theories. Josephson effects. Applications.

No more than one question may be set on experimental work performed as part of this subject.

6 Atoms, Lasers and Optics

The option includes the essential features of experimental techniques and important practical considerations in addition to theoretical concepts. A knowledge of atomic physics at the level of the A-papers is assumed e.g. Normal and Anomalous Zeeman effect.

The three subject areas within the option are each divided into two parts:

Atoms I: Atomic and molecular spectra and structure: Hydrogen and hydrogen-like systems, alkali atoms, helium and atoms with two electrons outside closed shells. Diatomic molecules. Selection rules and techniques of spectroscopy.

Lasers I: The theory of the laser with some important examples of gas and solid-state lasers: Einstein coefficients for the treatment of the interaction of radiation and atoms. Linewidths and lineshapes. Amplification by stimulated emission and the laser oscillator. Cavity effects. Gas lasers (He-Ne, He-Cd+ argon-ion and copper vapours). Solid state lasers (ruby and Nd:YAG).

Optics I: Diffraction and other phenomena related to lasers: Gaussian beams and their propagation. Cavity eigenfunctions. Thin films. Electro-optic effect. Second harmonic generation.

Atoms II: Atomic and molecular spectroscopy and manipulation of atoms. Homonuclear molecules. Hyperfine structure including effects of external magnetic fields. Optical pumping. Doppler- free laser spectroscopy. Laser cooling and trapping of atoms and ions. Elementary treatment of quantum optics and the physical basis of quantum-electrodynamic effects in atoms.

Lasers II: Survey of laser systems: High power infrared molecular lasers. Lasers operating in the ultraviolet. Dye lasers. Semiconductor lasers. Diode pumped solid-state lasers. Use of lasers in chemical physics.

Optics II: Advanced optics: Fourier transforms. Coherence. Optical fibres. Holography. Nonlinear optics (third-order effects in atoms and molecules and their applications).

In the examination candidates will be expected to be able to answer questions on Atoms I, Lasers I and II and Optics I together with either Atoms II OR Optics II.

One written paper of 1½ hours
The Syllabuses for this paper, topics A–H, are as published for the Honour School of Natural Science (Physics) Three Year Course Part B published in the Gazette (No. 4368, Vol. 125).

(Candidates offering option 2 may not answer questions on topic G: candidates offering option 6 may not answer questions on topic B).

Candidates may replace the 1½ hour paper by an assessed course in a foreign language as specified in the regulations for the three year course.

Candidates may propose to the Chairman of the Sub-Faculty of Physics or deputy, not later than the first week of the Trinity full term of the academic year preceding that in which the examination is taken, another subject paper or papers to replace the written paper of 1½ hours.

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EXAMINATIONS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

The examiners appointed by the following faculty boards and committee give notice of oral examination of their candidates as follows:

Biological Sciences

B. APPLEBY, Merton: `The behaviour and ecology of tawny owls'.
Department of Zoology, Thursday, 23 November, 2 p.m.
Examiners: I. Newton, N. Davies.

F. PINHEIRO ZANOTTO, Linacre: `Physiological and biochemical aspects of nutritional homeostasis in locusts'.
Department of Biochemistry, Friday, 1 December, 10.30 a.m.
Examiners: P.C. Calder, M.S.J. Simmond.

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Literae Humaniores

E.R.F. HARCOURT, Lady Margaret Hall: `Sense and the first person; Frege and Wittgenstein'.
St Hugh's, Wednesday, 22 November, 1.45 p.m.
Examiners: B.J. Heal, A.W. Moore.

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J.H.C. JONES, Brasenose: `A literary commentary on Euripides' Medea'.
Magdalen, Monday, 18 December, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: O.Taplin, J.M. Mossman.

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Mathematical Sciences

P.A. CAIRNS, Corpus Christi: `Boundary properties and construction techniques in general topology'.
Computing Laboratory, Saturday, 18 November, 3 p.m.
Examiners: G.M. Reed, A.V. Arhangel'skii.

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Medieval and Modern Languages

C.E.M. PAVER, Oriel: `The narrator as fabulist: fantasy, fictionalisation, and exploration in German novels of the 1960s'.
Examination Schools, Monday, 27 November, 1.30 p.m.
Examiners: K.M. Kohl, E.J. Boa.

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Modern History

P.J. CARTER, Magadlen: `"Mollies", "Fops", and "Men of Feeling": Aspects of male "effeminacy" and masculinity in Britain, c.1700–80'.
Brasenose, Friday, 24 November, 3.30 p.m.
Examiners: M.J. Ingram, R. Porter.

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Music

D.G. SKINNER, Christ Church: `Nicholas Ludford (c.1490–1557): a biography and critical edition of the votive antiphons, with a study of the collegiate foundations of Westminster and Arundel.' Music Faculty, Wednesday, 6 December, 2 p.m.
Examiners: M. Bent, N.J. Sandon.

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M. WILLIAMSON, Magdalen: `The Eton Choirbook: its institutional and historical background'.
Music Faculty, Tuesday, 12 December, 2 p.m.
Examiners: M. Bent, J. Harper.

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N.J. YANDELL, Wadham: `Keyboard music in Russia during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries'.
Music Faculty, Tuesday, 28 November, 2 p.m.
Examiners: D.C. Brown, J.H. Warrack.

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Physical Sciences

M.D. ANDREWS, St Catherine's: `Novel routes to cyclic amino acids and heterocycles'.
Dyson Perrins Laboratory, Wednesday, 29 November, 11 a.m.
Examiners: J. Robertson, R.C.F. Jones.

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N. HINDLE, St John's: `Studies of chemistry of sugar lactones'.
Dyson Perrrins Laboratory, Tuesday, 5 December, 11 a.m.
Examiners: A. Haines, L.M. Harwood.

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S. KRISHNAPILLAI, Pembroke: `Application of finite element models to powerflow calculation—a recentance approach'.
DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING SCIENCE, Thursday, 23 November, 2 p.m.
Examiners: R.S. Langley, R. Eatock Taylor.

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Physiological Sciences

M. MIELE, Linacre: `In vivo monitoring of ascorbate and glutamate release in rat striatum'.
University Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Tuesday, 28 November, 10 a.m.
Examiners: B.H.C. Westerink, T. Sharp.

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S.A. RICHMOND, Exeter: `Characterisation of mammalian excitatory amino acid receptors in the central nervous system'.
Department of Pharmacology, Thursday, 7 December, 2 p.m.
Examiners: F.A. Stephenson, J.P. Bolam.

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Psychological Studies

J. CRESSEY, Wolfson: `Children's friendships: a non- verbal, cross-cultural perspective'.
Psychology/Zoology Building, Wednesday, 22 November, 2.30 p.m.
Examiners: A.F. Furnham, N.P. Elmer.

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C. LOGAN, Wolfson: `Caregiving to older people who have a dementia: an investigation of stress and coping in carers'.
Department of Experimental Psychology, Thursday, 11 January, 2 p.m.
Examiners: M. Johnston, G. Claridge.

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Social Studies

G.A. GARRARD, Balliol: `Maistre, Judge of Jean-Jacques: an examination of the relationship between Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Joseph de Maistre, and the French Enlightenment'.
Social StudiesFaculty Centre, Tuesday, 12 December, 2.30 p.m.
Examiners: J.E.S. Hayward, J. Lively.

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E.E. VASQUEZ HUAMAN, St Anne's: `The role, origins, and strategies of business groups in Peru'.
St Antony's, Wednesday, 6 December, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: M.D. Deas, R. Miller.

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J.T. WHETSTONE, Templeton: `The manager as a moral person: exploring paths to excellence.' St Anne's, Monday, 15 January, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: R.S Crisp, B. Harvey.

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Committee for Educational Studies

J.R. MUIR, Jesus: `The relationship between education and political doctrine: the Isocratic heritage and the Socratic alternative'.
Examination Schools, Thursday, 23 November, 2 p.m.
Examiners: P. White, K. Charlton.

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B.S. PORTIN, Jesus: `Primary headship in a time of systemic change: conceptions of leadership. Case studies of three Oxfordshire primary head teachers'.
Examination Schools, Wednesday, 22 November, 2.30 p.m.
Examiners: P. Young, M. Hughes.

EXAMINATION FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF LETTERS

The examiners appointed by the following faculty board give notice of oral examination of their candidate as follows:

English Language and Literature

R.J. O'HANLON, Balliol: `Language and beyond: forms of expression and communication in the plays of Brian Friel'.
Wadham, Monday, 27 November, 10 a.m.
Examiners: J.B .O'Donoghue, G. Watson.

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EXAMINATION FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF SCIENCE

The examiners appointed by the following faculty board give notice of oral examination of their candidate as follows:

Clinical Medicine

P.A. NORMAN, Wolfson: `The long term outcome of bulimia nervosa'.
University Department of Psychiatry, Littlemore Hospital, Tuesday, 12 December, 11 a.m.
Examiners: P.J. Cowen, R. Palmer.