Thomas Markus Ihn: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2018

Name Prof. Dr. Thomas Markus Ihn
Laboratorium für Festkörperphysik
ETH Zürich, HPF E 15.1
Otto-Stern-Weg 1
8093 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 633 22 80
Fax+41 44 633 11 46
RelationshipAdjunct Professor and Privatdozent

402-0072-00LPhysics5 credits5V + 2UT. M. Ihn
AbstractIntroduction to the concepts and tools in physics with the help of demonstration experiments: mechanics, statistical mechanics, electromagnetism and optics.
ObjectiveThe concepts and tools in physics, as well as the methods of an experimental science are taught. The student should learn to identify, communicate and solve physical problems in his/her own field of science.
Content1. Fundamental concepts of natural sciences

2. Motion in one dimension
3. Motion in two and three dimensions
4. Newton's laws
5. Applications of Newton's laws
6. Forces
7. Work and energy, power, energy conservation
8. Momentum conservation, collisions
9. Angular momentum conservation

10. Concentration and density
11. Pressure and work
12. Entropy, Second Law of Thermodynamics
13. Temperature and heat
14. First Law of Thermodynamics
15. The Boltzmann-Factor

16. Geometrical optics
17. Light as an electromagnetic wave
18. Quantum aspects of light
Lecture notesT. Ihn: Physics for Students in Biology and Pharmazeutical Sciences (unpublished lecture notes)
LiteratureThe lecture contains elements of:

Paul A. Tipler and Gene P. Mosca, "Physik für Wissenschaftler und Ingenieure", Springer Spektrum.

Feynman, Leighton, Sands, "The Feynman Lectures on Physics", Volume I (

Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood, "Matter and Interactions" (Wiley)
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisites: Mathematics I
402-0530-00LMesoscopic Systems0 credits1ST. M. Ihn
AbstractResearch colloquium
402-0596-00LElectronic Transport in Nanostructures Information 6 credits2V + 1UT. M. Ihn
AbstractThe lecture discusses basic quantum phenomena occurring in electron transport through nanostructures: Drude theory, Landauer-Buttiker theory, conductance quantization, Aharonov-Bohm effect, weak localization/antilocalization, shot noise, integer and fractional quantum Hall effects, tunneling transport, Coulomb blockade, coherent manipulation of charge- and spin-qubits.
Lecture notesThe lecture is based on the book:
T. Ihn, Semiconductor Nanostructures: Quantum States and Electronic Transport, ISBN 978-0-19-953442-5, Oxford University Press, 2010.
Prerequisites / NoticeA solid basis in quantum mechanics, electrostatics, quantum statistics and in solid state physics is required.

Students of the Master in Micro- and Nanosystems should at least have attended the lecture by David Norris, Introduction to quantum mechanics for engineers. They should also have passed the exam of the lecture Semiconductor Nanostructures.