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Course Code : | 2001WETLDS |

Study domain: | Physics |

Academic year: | 2020-2021 |

Semester: | 1st semester |

Contact hours: | 60 |

Credits: | 6 |

Study load (hours): | 168 |

Contract restrictions: | No contract restriction |

Language of instruction: | English |

Exam period: | exam in the 1st semester |

Lecturer(s) | Lucian Covaci |

At the start of this course the student should have acquired the following competences:

specific prerequisites for this course

specific prerequisites for this course

Theoretical physics, elements of quantum mechanics and statistical physics.

- Basic knowledge of fabrication techniques of low dimensional systems, from 2D electron gas to graphene.
- Insight in the electronic properties of zero, one and two-dimensional semiconductor nanostructures in comparison with three dimensional systems and with or without the application of magnetic fields.
- Understand different transport mechanisms in two dimensional systems and their implications to measurable quantities.
- Understand how confined light can be treated in a similar way.

Introduction into the basics of two, one and zero dimensional semiconductor nanostructures.

The importance of such systems for modern physics and present day technology (e.g. micro-electronics and opto-electronics) will be explained.

The following subjects will be discussed:

- Growth and lithography of low dimensional systems

- Two dimensional systems

- Quantum wires and quantum dots

- Ballistic transport

- Diffusion theory

- Tunneling

- Quantum dots

- Quantum Hall effect and the fractional quantum Hall effect

- Graphene

- Theory of carrier transport in semiconductors

- Mesoscopic physics of light

- Nanophotonics

The course has an international dimension.

Class contact teachingLectures Practice sessions

ExaminationOral with written preparation Open-question

Course material is made available. See also blackboard.

- Y. Imry, "Introduction to Mesoscopic Physics" (Oxford University Press, 1997)

- T. Ando et al, "Mesoscopic Physics and Electronics" (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1998)

- B.L. Altshuler et al, "Mesoscopic phenomena in solids" (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1991)

- P.A. Lee and T.V. Ramakrishnan, "Disordered electronic systesm", Rev. Mod. Phys. 57, 287 (1985).

- "Scattering and localization of classical waves in random media", Ed. P. Sheng (World Scientific, Singapore, 1990)

- D.K. Ferry, "Semiconductors" (MacMillan, N.Y., 1991)

- D.K. Ferry and S.M. Goodnick, "Transort in nanostructures" (Cambridge Press, 2001)

- M.J. Kelly, "Low-dimensional semiconductors: Materials, Physics, Technology, Devices (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1995).

L. Covaci

Departement fysica

Campus Groenenborger, U434

Universiteit Antwerpen

email: lucian.covaci@uantwerpen.be