MESOSCOPIC NANOSCIENCE

PHY4MES

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Topics beyond the concepts traditionally taught in condensed matter physics are considered, in particular, modern electronic systems that have arisen primarily through an ability to construct devices on nanometer length-scales and in reduced dimensions. The course examines semiconductor materials and doping, bandstructure engineering, quantum confinement and electronic transport in wells, wires and dots, quantized conductance and the quantum Hall effect. The electronic properties of emerging carbon materials, such as carbon nanotubes, diamond and graphene, and of metallic systems engineered on the atomic scale via molecular manipulation are examined. Much of the material taught underlies emerging quantum technologies, with application to metrology, sensor development and quantum information.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into one of the following courses: SHS, SZHSMN, SZHSN, SMNT or PSMSC

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe Physics of Low-Dimensional SemiconductorsPrescribedDavies, John H., 1998CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse critically, evaluate and transform information to complete a range of practical and analytical activities related to the area of mesoscopic condensed matter.

Activities:
Problem solving techniques are modelled and partial solutions to selected problems derived in lectures. Students will solve complex problems in mesoscopic condensed matter and answer short essay questions.

02. Analyse, generate and transmit solutions to complex problems related to mesoscopic condensed matter.

Activities:
Problem solving techniques are modelled in lectures. Students will solve complex problems in mesoscopic condensed matter and answer short essay questions. Students will work in small groups to complete computational lab activities.

03. Communicate knowledge, skills and ideas to others in the area of mesoscopic condensed matter.

Activities:
Students conduct an oral defense of one of their assignments.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
Twelve 3.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"The equivalent of 36 hours of laboratory/workshops or similar per semester."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1-hour mid-semester exam (1000 word equiv)25 01, 02
Three 500-word individual laboratory reports (1500 word equiv. in total)20 01, 02
Four 250-word problem solving activities (1000 word equiv. in total)Solutions to short essay questions including mathematical and computational analysis.15 01, 02, 03
One 2-hour end of semester exam (2000 word equiv)40 01, 02