Thomas Markus Ihn: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2021

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

402-0073-00LPhysics I Restricted registration - show details 3 credits2V + 2UT. M. Ihn
AbstractIntroduction to the concepts and tools in physics with the help of demonstration experiments: mechanics and elements of quantum mechanics
ObjectiveStudents know and understand the basic ideas of the scientific description of nature. They understand the fundamental concepts and laws of mechanics and they are able to apply them in practical problems. They know the concepts of quantization and quantum numbers.
Content1. Description of Motion
2. The laws of Newton
3. Work and energy
4. Collision problems
5. Wave properties of particles
6. The atomic structure of matter
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 Ihn: Physics for Students in Biology and Pharmazeutical Sciences (unpublished lecture notes)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 (
Fostered competenciesFostered competencies
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Social CompetenciesCooperation and Teamworknot assessed
Sensitivity to Diversitynot assessed
Personal CompetenciesCritical Thinkingassessed
Self-awareness and Self-reflection not assessed
Self-direction and Self-management not assessed
402-0530-00LMesoscopic Systems0 credits1ST. M. Ihn
AbstractResearch colloquium
402-0595-00LSemiconductor Nanostructures6 credits2V + 1UT. M. Ihn
AbstractThe course covers the foundations of semiconductor nanostructures, e.g., materials, band structures, bandgap engineering and doping, field-effect transistors. The physics of the quantum Hall effect and of common nanostructures based on two-dimensional electron gases will be discussed, i.e., quantum point contacts, Aharonov-Bohm rings and quantum dots.
ObjectiveAt the end of the lecture the student should understand four key phenomena of electron transport in semiconductor nanostructures:
1. The integer quantum Hall effect
2. Conductance quantization in quantum point contacts
3. the Aharonov-Bohm effect
4. Coulomb blockade in quantum dots
Content1. Introduction and overview
2. Semiconductor crystals: Fabrication and molecular beam epitaxy
3. Band structures of semiconductors
4. k.p-theory, effective mass, envelope functions
5. Heterostructures and band engineering, doping
6. Surfaces and metal-semiconductor contacts, fabrication of semiconductor nanostructures
7. Heterostructures and two-dimensional electron gases
8. Drude Transport and scattering mechanisms
9. Single- and bilayer graphene
10. Electron transport in quantum point contacts; Landauer-Büttiker description, ballistic transport experiments
11. Interference effects in Aharonov-Bohm rings
12. Electron in a magnetic field, Shubnikov-de Haas effect
13. Integer quantum Hall effect
14. Coulomb blockade and quantum dots
Lecture notesT. Ihn, Semiconductor Nanostructures, Quantum States and Electronic Transport, Oxford University Press, 2010.
LiteratureIn addition to the lecture notes, the following supplementary books can be recommended:
1. J. H. Davies: The Physics of Low-Dimensional Semiconductors, Cambridge University Press (1998)
2. S. Datta: Electronic Transport in Mesoscopic Systems, Cambridge University Press (1997)
3. D. Ferry: Transport in Nanostructures, Cambridge University Press (1997)
4. T. M. Heinzel: Mesoscopic Electronics in Solid State Nanostructures: an Introduction, Wiley-VCH (2003)
5. Beenakker, van Houten: Quantum Transport in Semiconductor Nanostructures, in: Semiconductor Heterostructures and Nanostructures, Academic Press (1991)
6. Y. Imry: Introduction to Mesoscopic Physics, Oxford University Press (1997)
Prerequisites / NoticeThe lecture is suitable for all physics students beyond the bachelor of science degree. Basic knowledge of solid state physics is a prerequisit. Very ambitioned students in the third year may be able to follow. The lecture can be chosen as part of the PhD-program. The course is taught in English.
Fostered competenciesFostered competencies
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesassessed
Problem-solvingnot assessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationnot assessed
Self-presentation and Social Influence assessed
Sensitivity to Diversitynot assessed
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsassessed
Self-direction and Self-management not assessed