Credit points: 15
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. Attention then turns to the mesoscopic properties of superconducting systems, examining the Josephson effects, flux quantization, SQUIDs and superconducting nanowires. Much of the material taught underlies emerging quantum technologies, with application to metrology, sensor development and quantum information.
SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS
Subject Co-ordinatorGrant van Riessen
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG
Prerequisites Acceptance into an honours or masters program (PSMSC) or (SMNT) or (SZHSN) in the Department of Physics, or approval of Department of Physics postgraduate co-ordinator
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||The Physics of Low-Dimensional Semiconductors||Prescribed||John H. Davies||CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS (1998).|
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Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGrant van Riessen
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Nine 4.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"The equivalent of 36 hours of laboratory/workshops or similar per semester."
|one 3-hour examination||Students must pass the laboratory and tutorial component to pass the unit.||60|
|practical laboratory reports and tutorial problem sets (equivalent to 1500-words).||40|