SK2700 Mesoscopic Physics 8.0 credits

Mesoskopisk fysik

The course will give an introduction to a relatively new branch of Condensed Matter Physics, which deals with the properties of small systems – larger than single atoms or molecules, but smaller than bulk material – often called “nano structures”.  These systems, like single atoms, can display quantum properties, but the variables one quantizes are variables typically used to describe classical, macroscopic properties.  In the mesoscopic regime, new effects arise, such as:  The quantization of electrical conductance, dissipation free currents in normal metal (non-superconducting), the Coulomb blockade of tunnel current in small capacitance structures and the single electron transistor, quantum electrodynamics and charge – flux duality in mesoscopic superconductors. Many of these phenomena form a new foundation for electronic devices.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Engineering Physics
    Physics
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 19 SAP for Study Abroad Programme (SAP)

  • Periods

    Autumn 19 P2 (8.0 credits)

  • Application code

    10061

  • Start date

    28/10/2019

  • End date

    14/01/2020

  • Language of instruction

    English

  • Campus

    AlbaNova

  • Tutoring time

    Daytime

  • Form of study

    Normal

  • Number of places

    No limitation

  • Course responsible

    David B Haviland <haviland@kth.se>

  • Target group

    Only SAP-students. Students from UCAS only.

    Physics Background

  • Application

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Autumn 18 for Study Abroad Programme (SAP)

  • Periods

    Autumn 18 P2 (8.0 credits)

  • Application code

    10012

  • Start date

    29/10/2018

  • End date

    14/01/2019

  • Language of instruction

    English

  • Campus

    AlbaNova

  • Tutoring time

    Daytime

  • Form of study

    Normal

  • Number of places

    No limitation

  • Schedule

    Schedule (new window)

  • Course responsible

    David B Haviland <haviland@kth.se>

  • Target group

    Only SAP-students. Students from UCAS only.

    Physics Background

Autumn 18 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

The goal of this course is to communicate a basic understanding of electron transport in system that are “coherent” in the quantum mechanical sense. With this understanding you should be able to:

  • Compare new the new concepts of nano-electronics with the present-day technique, and understand their fundamental limits.
  • Use simple models to calculate the basic energy and length scales for mesoscopic phenomena which are physically relevant.
  • Identify various basic device concepts in a variety of physics systems.

Course main content

Classical transport and diffusion, ballistic transport and conductance quantization, Landauer formalism and coherent transport, gauge invariant phase and Aharonov-Bhom effect, weak and strong localization, Coulomb blockade, Mesoscopic superconductors, decoherence of a quantum system in its environment. Nano-electronics, Nano-mechanics, experimental methods and demonstrations..

Eligibility

Recommended prerequisites: Basic courses in electro-magnetism and quantum mechanics are required. Basic course in solid state physics (kittel level) is recommended.

Literature

Supriyo Datta, Electron Transport in Mesoscopic Systems, Cambridge University Press.

Diverse articles

Examination

  • INL1 - Assignments, 6.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 2.0, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

The examination will be through home project assignments (INL1; 6 credits, grading scale A-F) and lab exercises (LAB1; 2 credits, grading scale P/F).

Offered by

SCI/Applied undergraduate Physics

Contact

David B Haviland (haviland@kth.se)

Examiner

David B Haviland <haviland@kth.se>

Add-on studies

SK2710 Spin Electronics

Version

Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2008.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2007.