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IH2654 Nanoelectronics 9.0 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus IH2654 (Autumn 2008–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

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.

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 disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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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).


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

Övrig litteratur:

Föreläsningsanteckningar, översiktsartiklar och laborationshandledningar 

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

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


  • ANN1 - Project, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other 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)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web IH2654

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics

Main field of study


Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

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