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FKA131 - Fundamentals of nanoscience
Syllabus adopted 2012-02-22 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPNAT
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Engineering Physics

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: D

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0106 Examination 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c   25 Oct 2012 pm H,  17 Jan 2013 pm V,  19 Aug 2013 am V

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Professor  Mikael Fogelström

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For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

Bachelor in physics, electrical engineering, chemistry, or equivalent level of education


The objective for this course is to give a Quantum Physics course to meet the increased
need of knowledge that electrical engineers, material scientists, and other applied physicists
have entering the field of nanoscale physics and technology.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

The goal of the course is to give students theoretical and technical skills to use quantum theory as tool in their continued studies and research. This means that the emphasis is on a practical approach to quantum mechanics rather that than a standard formal treatment. After completing the course Introduction to Nanoscience the student will have:
* Acquired familiarity with basic tools of quantum mechanics.

* Practical skills in solving standard quantum mechanical problems.
* Understood and applied concepts of quantum tunnelling, both in artificial devices and in describing chemical (covalent) bonds.
* Understood and used second quantization for the harmonic oscillator and applied it to spectra of molecules and devices.
* Applied simple Hamiltonians to describe delocalized electrons in finite sized systems (molecules) and in infinite materials (metals)
* Described and predicted molecular geometries and intra molecular interactions.


This course serves as an introduction to the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Essential for an understanding of this field is a good knowledge in quantum physics/chemistry/mechanics and familiarity with atoms and molecules ¿ the smallest possible building blocks for nanodevices. Fundamental to successful construction and applications of nanodevices is also the appreciation of differences in spacing between energy levels at different length scales - ranging from size of an atom to a nanofabricated electrical device. The required theories to understand the field and fundamental predictive tools are therefore covered in this course.
The topics covered are: the covalent bond, polar covalent bonds, the molecular orbital model, hybridization and localized bonds, Hückel theory, conformational dynamics, intermolecular forces, acid-base theory, quantum wave guides, resonators, and gratings, perturbation theory, quantum electrical circuits, artificial atoms or quantum dots, interaction with time-dependent fields


The various topics will be covered through regular lectures, exercises, as well as through individual projects with literature studies, computer work and project presentations.


The course book is "Introduction to Nanoscience" by S. M. Lindsay, Oxford University Press ISBN: 978-019-954421-9. Lecture notes will augment the book. Computer work will be done in the programming environment Matlab.


The final grade will be based on a written exam. Completing and handing in solutions to problem sheets and a minor project work will be mandatory for passing this course.

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