3 x 1-hour lectures weekly 4 x 6-hour laboratories per semester
PHYS2701 - Quantum Concepts
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PHYS8702 has been successfully completed
Differential and integral calculus such as can be obtained in MATH2711 Several Variable Calculus.
This topic includes study in:
Crystal Structures, Brillouin Zones and elementary diffraction
Metals and the Free electron model
Band theory of solids
Semiconductors and devices p-n junctions, transistors, LEDs
Superconductivity and devices
Finite solids and nanostructures
Wave nature of Light
Waveguides, Optical fibres
Photodetectors and Image sensors
Polarization and non-linear optics
This topic aims to give students a sound understanding of the basics in solid state physics and devices, waveguides and nonlinear optics. The topic will include:
The understanding of the formal theories underlying these phenomena
Further understanding and skills to be developed through problem solving in these areas, particularly computational skills using the Mathematica high-level computational application. Laboratory experiments will be used to develop understanding of some of the key concepts as well as the further development of laboratory skills
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:
Understand the band structure of solids
Explain how electronic structure affects the bulk properties of solids
Describe the formation and behaviour of charge carriers
Understand the working mechanisms of semiconductor and superconducting devices
Understand how the properties of solids change with size
Key dates and timetable
Timetable details for 2021 are no longer published.
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