Solid State and Nanoscience

Course code PHYS3390Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

This course covers the science that underpins Nanotechnology, the development of processes, materials and devices that function on the nanoscale. This course builds on the knowledge developed at PHYS1000 and PHYS2000 level and provides excellent preparation for students interested in Honours in the area of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Occupational Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the end of this course a student will have:
1. A knowledge of solid state physics concepts and ideas.
2. An understanding of the link between solid state physics and nanotechnology.
3. Skills in nanotechnology tools (e.g. scanned probe techniques).
4. An appreciation of the potential societal impact of nanotechnology.
Content1. Structure and bonding in solids
2. Charge transport and mechanisms
3. Nanostructures and properties
4. Techniques and devices
Replacing Course(s)PHYS3380 Lasers and Nanotechnology
TransitionNot Applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePHYS1210 Advanced Physics I & PHYS1220 Advanced Physics II
PHYS2170 Quantum Mechanics and Semiconductor Physics & PHYS2260 Electromagnetism
PHYS3350 Quantum, Atomic and Molecular Physics
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal
Laboratory Exercises
Other: (please specify)Class assessment may include online quizzes, tutorial quizzes, written assignments
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory lab induction.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHYS3390