IH2654 Nanoelectronics 9.0 credits


Please note

This course has been cancelled.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Last planned examination: spring 20.

Information for research students about course offerings

The course is given in parallell as a PhD course: IM3003

Intended learning outcomes

The goals of the course are: 

  • The student should be familiar with certain nanoelectronic systems and building blocks such as: low-dimensional semiconductors, heterostructures, carbon nanotubes, quantum dots, nanowires etc. 
  • The student should be able to set up and solve the Schrödinger equation for diferent types of potentials in one dimension as well as in 2 or 3 dimensions for specific cases. 
  • The student should be able to use matrix methods for solving transport problems such as tunneling, resonant tunneling and know the concept of quantized conductance. 
  • The student should be experimentally familiarized with AFM and PL methods and know their approximate performance as well as applications. 
  • Through the mini-project, students should get familiarized with searching for scientific information in their subject area, practice report writing and presenting their project in a seminar 
  • Finally, a goal is to familiarize students with the  present research front in Nanooelectronics and to be able to critically assess future trends.

Course main content

The course reviews the trends in low dimensional semiconductors which use quantum phenomena to realize new functions or devices and new basic building blocks. These aim at electronic, opto-electronic and new bio applications. New approaches to nanoelectronic systems will also be overviewed. 

Syllabus: Introduction, refresh in basic quantum mechanics and solid state physics, low-dimensional semiconductors, density of states, quantum wells and heterostructures, quantum wires, quantum dots, nanocrystals, optical properties, absorption, luminescence, transport including tunneling in low-dimensional semiconductors, single-electron devices, calculation methods, fabrication methods, analyses techniques, applications, new trends in silicon VLSI-technology, physical limits in nanoelectronics, nanoelectronic systems, new approaches to replace CMOS etc.


Recommended prerequisites

Basic understanding of the physics and chemistry of materials. Basic knowledge in solid state physics (Kittel) (IM26511 orIM2601) and of semiconductor physics and devices (2B1252 or IH2651).


The physics of low-dimensional semiconductors, John DaviesUpplaga:  Förlag: Cambridge År: 1998ISBN: 0-521-48491-X 

Övrig litteratur:

Föreläsningsanteckningar, översiktsartiklar och laborationshandledningar 


  • ANN1 - Project, 3.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1.5, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

A written examination (TEN1; 4,5 credits) covers the lectured course.

To pass the course it is necessary to do the laboratory work (LAB1; 1,5 credits) and a project overviewing an application of nanoelectronics. This involves a written report and a seminar (ANN1; 3,0 credit).

(The course runs in parallel with 4H1716 under the initial part)

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics


Jan Linnros <linnros@kth.se>

Supplementary information

The course is replaced by SK2753 as from autumn term 2017.


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2008.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2008.