402-0596-00L  Electronic Transport in Nanostructures

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersT. M. Ihn
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


402-0596-00 VElectronic Transport in Nanostructures2 hrs
Wed13:45-15:30HIT H 42 »
T. M. Ihn
402-0596-00 UElectronic Transport in Nanostructures1 hrs
Wed15:45-16:30HIT F 31.1 »
15:45-16:30HIT J 53 »
T. M. Ihn

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AbstractThe 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
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.

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits6 credits
ExaminersT. M. Ihn
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 20 minutes
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Micro- and Nanosystems MasterEnergy Conversion and Quantum PhenomenaWInformation
Physics MasterSelection: Solid State PhysicsWInformation
Quantum Engineering MasterElectivesWInformation