## Thomas Markus Ihn: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2021 |

Name | Prof. Dr. Thomas Markus Ihn |

Field | Experimentalphysik |

Address | Laboratorium für Festkörperphysik ETH Zürich, HPF E 15.1 Otto-Stern-Weg 1 8093 Zürich SWITZERLAND |

Telephone | +41 44 633 22 80 |

Fax | +41 44 633 11 46 |

ihn@phys.ethz.ch | |

URL | https://nano.phys.ethz.ch/ |

Department | Physics |

Relationship | Adjunct Professor and Privatdozent |

Number | Title | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |
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402-0074-00L | Physics II | 3 credits | 2V + 1U | T. M. Ihn | |

Abstract | Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, as well as elements of Electromagnetism | ||||

Objective | 1. 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. | ||||

Content | 1. 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 | ||||

402-0530-00L | Mesoscopic Systems | 0 credits | 1S | T. M. Ihn | |

Abstract | Research colloquium | ||||

Objective | Students 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. | ||||

402-0596-00L | Electronic Transport in Nanostructures | 6 credits | 2V + 1U | T. M. Ihn | |

Abstract | The lecture discusses modern topics in quantum transport through nanostructures including the underlying materials. Topics are: the quantum Hall effects with emphasis on the fractional quantum Hall effect, two-dimensional topological insulators, graphene and other 2D layered materials, quantum interferometers, quantum dot qubits for quantum information processing, decoherence of quantum states | ||||

Objective | Students 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 notes | The 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 / Notice | A 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. |