Thomas Markus Ihn: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2022

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

402-0074-00LPhysics II Restricted registration - show details 3 credits2V + 1UT. M. Ihn
AbstractFundamentals of Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, as well as elements of Electromagnetism
Objective1. Learn basic physics concepts relevant for all natural sciences
2. Be able to apply these concepts to solve problems of physics, chemistry and biology
3. Use of appropriate mathematical techniques
4. Develop a feeling for determining relevant aspects of a problem and for the orders of magnitude of relevant quantities.
Content1. Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and statistical Mechanics: Pressure, temperature, chemical potential, micro- and macrostates, entropy, internal energy, heat, first and second law of thermodynamics, Boltzmann factor, Maxwell's velocity distribution.
2. Elements of electromagnetism: Geometric optics, lenses, microscope, light as an electromagnetic wave, interference and diffraction, Planck's radiation law, light-matter interaction
402-0530-00LMesoscopic Systems0 credits1ST. M. Ihn
AbstractResearch colloquium
ObjectiveStudents are able to understand modern experiments in the field of mesoscopic systems and nanostructures. They can present their own results, critically reflect published research in this field, explain both to an audience of physicists, and participate in a critical and constructive scientific discussion.
402-0596-00LElectronic Transport in Nanostructures6 credits2V + 1UT. M. Ihn
AbstractThe lecture discusses modern topics in quantum transport through nanostructures including the underlying materials. Topics are: quantum transport effects, transport in graphene and other 2D layered materials, quantum dot qubits for quantum information processing, decoherence of quantum states
ObjectiveStudents are able to understand modern experiments in the field of electronic transport in nanostructures. They can critically reflect published research in this field and explain it to an audience of physicists. Students know and understand the fundamental phenomena of electron transport in the quantum regime and their significance. They are able to apply their knowledge to practical experiments in a modern research lab.
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. Having passed the lecture Semiconductor Nanostructures (fall semester) may be advantageous, but is not 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.