MESOSCOPIC NANOSCIENCE

PHY4MES

2015

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. 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

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGrant van Riessen

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

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

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

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

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe Physics of Low-Dimensional SemiconductorsPrescribedJohn H. DaviesCAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS (1998).

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGrant van Riessen

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class Week: 11 - 22
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."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 3-hour examinationStudents must pass the laboratory and tutorial component to pass the unit.60
practical laboratory reports and tutorial problem sets (equivalent to 1500-words).40