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 nanometre 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.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

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

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

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

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

The Physics of Low-Dimensional Semiconductors

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorDavies, John H.





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Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Critically analyse, evaluate and transform information required to solve problems using quantitative techniques.
02. Generate and transmit mathematical solutions to complex problems related to mesoscopic condensed matter.
03. Communicate knowledge, skills and ideas to others in the area of mesoscopic condensed matter.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 10 - 22
Twelve 3.00 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.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
1-hour mid-semester test (1000 word equiv)N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO1, SILO2
Three 500-word individual laboratory reports (1500 word equiv. in total)N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2
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.N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3
2-hour end of semester exam (2000 word equiv)N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2