This is a final year undergraduate course organised by Heriot-Watt University.
This course will focus on the emerging techniques and ideas of nanophysics where the small size of systems plays a crucial role in determining their properties and behaviours. The fundamental aim is to provide the students with a working knowledge of contemporary nanophysics. The course explains how such structures can be fabricated, characterized, manipulated and understood. The focus is on the quantum aspects of the behaviour, properties not shared with more conventional condensed matter systems. The course will cover quantisation effects, fabrication of nanostructures, optical and electron microscopy, scanning tunnelling and atomic force microscopy, and quantum dots. On completion of this course, the learner will be able to: achieve a critical knowledge and understanding of nano-scale devices, their fabrication and characterization; demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of advanced concepts and applications in the nano-scale regime; integrate previous knowledge from physics courses with the topics discussed in the module; analyse advanced problems in nanophysics.
Assessment: Continuous Assessment