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FTF205 - Introduction to nanophysics
Owner: TTFYA
3,0 Credits (ECTS 4,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: B
Department: 16 - PHYSICS

Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0102 Oral examination 3,0 c Grading: TH   3,0 c    

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Professor  Mats Jonson
Professor  Jari Kinaret


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Course specific prerequisites

Basic knowledge of electrostatics and quantum physics. Basic knowledge of solid state physics is desirable but not absolutely necessary.


What happens when you reduce the size of electrical and mechanical systems to the nanometer scale --- do the nanoscale structures behave similarly as their macroscopic counterparts, or is there
new physics to be discovered? In this course we will learn that ``small is different'', and often the behavior
of nanoscale devices is qualitatively different from what you might expect. We will study physics on a length scale that falls between the microscopic world of atoms and the macroscopic world of everyday life, and discover that this mesoscopic length scale has quite a few surprises and new phenomena to offer.

While this course is predominantly theoretical, it does contain some
laboratory work. The emphasis of the course is on new phenomena, and it strives to be descriptive rather than analytic; more of the quantitative analysis will be presented in the course Mesoscopic Physics (FTF070).


1. Length and energy scales; experimental realizations
of nanoscale systems
2. Consequences of quantum mechanics: coherent electron waves, the importance
of coherent and incoherent phenomena, localization of electron waves
3. Consequences if charge granularity: Coulomb blockade, single electron
transistor, orthogonality catastrophes
4. Mechanics on the nanometer scale
5. Superconducting mesoscopics


The course will be taught jointly by
Mats Jonson, Robert Shekhter,
Vitaly Shumeiko, and Jari Kinaret


To be announced.


Home problems (40%), project (20%), oral examination (40%).

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