The Department of Computer Simulations (the original name - the Department of Methods of Teaching Physics and Informatics) was established in 1988 and is the youngest department in the faculty both by age and by average age of its employees.
The department consists of five candidates of physical and mathematical sciences. The head of the department is associate professor Oleg Romanov.
The main directions of the educational activity of the department are teaching the discipline "Programming and Mathematical Simulations" (1-4 semester) for students of all specialties of the Physics Department, as well as training students in the specialty "Computer Physics." Practical classes in general and special courses are conducted in classes with modern computer technology, which makes it possible to use advanced computer software in the educational process.
Since its inception, the department has been specializing, providing training for students in the specialization "Computer simulations of physical processes" (currently the training is carried out within the specialty "Computer Physics"). Graduates of the department are able to independently develop modern software tools for solving a wide range of physical problems. Students specializing in the department study a number of special courses on programming, mathematical methods and physical aspects of the development of computer programs. By the end of the university, the students of the department receive considerable experience in working with computers, which allows them to actively use their skills when working in educational institutions, as well as in various organizations (including commercial ones) that use computer technology. Some of the graduates of the department have now become its employees.
The main directions of the research work of the department are:
- Self-organization in complex systems. Nonlinear dynamics. Supercomputer and GRID technology. Quantum transport in disordered systems of reduced dimension. Exactly solvable problems in quantum mechanics and stochastic dynamics. (Georgiy Krylov, Anatoly Zherelo)
- Theoretical and mathematical physics of diffusion processes; controlled transport at the nanoscale, and Brownian motors. (Irina Shapochkina)
- Nonlinear optics of light beams and pulses. Self-organization in nonlinear optical systems. Interaction of laser radiation with matter. Nanophotonics. (Oleg Romanov)
For many years, the staff of the department has been working diligently with gifted students, including students of the Lyceum of the Belarusian State University. Many graduates of the Lyceum became students of the Faculty of Physics. Preparation of regional and republican physical olympiads of schoolchildren is included in the circle of permanent duties of the staff of the department, some of them are part of the jury of the Republican Olympiad. In addition to traditional olympiads, in recent years the republic's schoolchildren have been given the opportunity to participate in other prestigious international competitions, tournaments for young physicists, and scientific conferences of schoolchildren. Their teams participated in similar competitions, which took place in Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Holland, Poland and other countries.