Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will explore advanced concepts beyond those traditionally taught in condensed matter physics, including modern electronic systems that have arisen primarily through an ability to construct devices on nanometer length-scales and in reduced dimensions. You will examine semi conductor materials and doping, band structure engineering, quantum confinement and electronic transport in wells, wires and dots, quantized conductance and the quantum Hall effect. These will be used to analyse the electronic properties of emerging carbon materials, such as carbon nanotubes, diamond and graphene, and of metallic systems engineered on the atomic scale.

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, SMNT or PSMSC. Students enrolled in SMNT or PSMSC must have the approval of their Course Co-ordinator to enrol in this subject.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


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

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically analyse, evaluate and transform information required to solve problems using quantitative techniques.

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. Generate and transmit mathematical solutions to complex problems related to mesoscopic condensed matter.

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.

Students conduct an oral defense of one of their assignments.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 1, Day


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."


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1-hour mid-semester test (1000 word equiv)25 01, 02
Three 500-word individual laboratory reports (1500 word equiv. in total)20 01, 02
Four 200-word problem solving activities and one oral defense (10 min) (1000 word equiv. in total)Solutions to short essay questions including mathematical and computational analysis.15 01, 02, 03
2-hour end of semester exam (2000 word equiv)40 01, 02