Fall 2022 - PHYS 849 G100
Topics in Nanophysics (3)
Class Number: 2127
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Mo, We 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2531, Burnaby
1 778 782-5763
Prerequisites:PHYS 365 (Semiconductor Devices) or equivalent or PHYS 465 (Solid State Physics) or equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
Topics in nanophysics including: growth and fabrication of nanostructures, mechanical constraints on nanostructure formation, electronic and optical properties of reduced dimensional structures, quantum wells, molecular nanostructures, nanowires and quantum dots, ballistic transport and diffusive transport, tunneling, magneto-transport, interference effects. Applications to various nanodevice structures will illustrate key concepts.
Nanostructures are condensed matter systems some or all of whose dimensions are in the range between about 1 nanometer and a few hundred nanometers. They are quantum systems whose properties differ markedly from both single atoms and macroscopic objects. Because of this they are of fundamental scientific interest. They are also currently attracting a great deal of attention because the miniaturization of electronic devices continues to progress, following Moore’s Law. This course will introduce students to semiconducting nanostructures of various kinds, their properties, their commonalities and differences, the underlying physics, and the important principles and theoretical tools used to understand them.
Topics will be selected from the following: growth and fabrication of nanostructures; mechanical constraints on nanostructure formation; electronic and optical properties of reduced dimensional structures such as 2-dimensional materials, quantum wells, nanowires, and quantum dots; ballistic transport, diffusive transport, quantized conductance, quantum Hall effects; tunneling, interference effects etc. The choice of topics is optional depending on the interest of the students. Applications to various device structures will be presented to illustrate key concepts.
The course will consist of lectures, assigned readings, a term paper, homework questions, and a final test.
Senior undergraduate quantum physics. An introductory course in Solid State Physics.
- Homework 40%
- Term Paper 30%
- Test(s) 30%
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
Textbook: There is no official textbook. Some useful references are
Ihn, "Semiconductor Nanostructures", Heinzel, "Mesoscopic electronics in solid state nanostructures".
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