402-0505-00L Physics in the Smartphone
|Semester||Autumn Semester 2020|
|Periodicity||yearly recurring course|
|Course||Does not take place this semester.|
|Language of instruction||English|
|Abstract||Physics in today's high-tech smartphone. Examples: network topology and scratch proof glass, spin-orbit coupling - brighter displays, GPS and general theory of relativity, electromagnetic response of matter (transparent metals for displays, GPS signal propagation), light-field cameras, CCD and CMOS light sensors, physics stops Moore's law, meta-materials for antennas, MEMS sensor physics, etc.|
|Objective||Students recognize and appreciate the enormous impact "physics" has on today's high tech world. Abstract concepts, old and recent, encountered in the lectures are implemented and present all around us.|
Students are actively involved in the preparation and presentation of the topics, and thus acquire valuable professional skills.
|Content||We explore how traditional and new physics concepts and achievements make their way into today's ubiquitous high-tech gadget : the smartphone. |
Examples of topics include:
network topology and scratch proof Gorilla glass,
spin-orbit coupling makes for four times brighter displays,
no GPS without general theory of relativity,
electromagnetic response of matter (transparent metals for displays, GPS signal propagation in the atmosphere),
lightfield cameras replacing CCD and CMOS light sensors,
physical limitations to IC scaling: the end of "Moore's law",
meta-materials for antennas,
physics of the various MEMS sensors,
|Lecture notes||The presentation material and original literature will be distributed weekly.|
|Prerequisites / Notice||Basic physics lectures and introduction to solid state physics are expected.|
This is a "3 hour" course, with two hours set for <tba>, and the third one to be set at the beginning of the semester.
An introductory event is planed in the first week of the term on Wednesday, September 19th - 17:45 in the room HIT K51. In this meeting we will fix the time of the usual lecture and we will distribute the topics for the presentations during the term. The tutors will briefly present each topics.