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Physics 533: Nanostructure And Nanotechnology I


Course Outline

Solid state physics review: Free Fermi gas, nearly-free electrons, diffraction, tight-binding and molecular orbitals, bands, interfaces and defects


Quantum confinement: Two-dimensional electron gases, quantum wells, coupled wells, nanocrystal quantum dots

Electronic transport:

Semiclassical conduction, mesoscopic effects, tunneling, Landauer-Buttiker formalism, quantum dots, quantum point contacts

Nanoelectronics: Transistors,industry demands for nanoelectronics, state-of-the-art transistors,short-channel effects, other scaling concerns, single-electron devices,organic electronics, molecular electronics

Nanomagnetism: Magnetism inmaterials, industrial demands for nanomagnetism/magnetoelectronics,small magnetic particles, state-of-the-art media and devices, GMR/TMR,MRAM, EMR, ballistic nanojunctions, spintronics



Lectures M W F 1:00 - 1:50 PM

Homework (40%)

Term paper I and II (30% each)

Text: Course notes


All information is representative only, and is likely to change from year to year.