Coursebooks 2017-2018

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Frontiers in nanosciences

PHYS-407

Lecturer(s) :

Kern Klaus
Lingenfelder Magali Alejandra
Rusponi Stefano

Language:

English

Summary

The students understand the relevant experimental and theoretical concepts of the nanoscale science. The course move from basic concepts like quantum size effects to €˜hot fields€™ such as spin transport for data storage applications (spintronics), carbon electronics, or nanocatalysis.

Content

1. Introduction to the concepts of nanoscale science
2. The art of making nanostructures:
a. Bottom-up assembly
b. Top-down fabrication
3. Quantum structures and devices:
a. Current at the nanoscale
b. Quantum technology
4. Carbon nanotechnology:
a. From fullerenes to graphene
b. Molecular electronics and machines
5. Microscopy and manipulation tools:
a. Electron microscopy
b. Scanning probe microscopy: STM, AFM, MFM
6. Spectroscopy tools:
a. Electron and photon spectroscopy: XPS, XAS, Auger
b. Electron and photon diffraction: LEED, TEM, SXRD
c. Synchrotron radiation
7. Magnetism at the nanoscale:
a. Orbital and spin magnetic moment
b. Superparamagnetic limit in magnetic data storage
8. From electronics to spintronics:
a. 2D electron gas at heterogeneous semiconductor interfaces
b. Single electron transistor
c. Spin transport: spin valve, GMR and TMR effects

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Solid state physics

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

Ex cathedra with visiting of laboratories at EPFL and the Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany

Assessment methods

oral exam (100%)

Resources

Ressources en bibliothèque
Websites

In the programs

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9     
9-10     
10-11     
11-12     
12-13     
13-14     
14-15     
15-16   CE5 
16-17    
17-18   CE5 
18-19    
19-20    
20-21    
21-22    
 
      Lecture
      Exercise, TP
      Project, other

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  • Spring semester
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  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German