|PHY3064||Nanostructures and Graphene Science||2023-24|
|Prof. M.E. Portnoi|
|Credits:||15 NICATS / 7.5 ECTS|
|Enrolment:||12 students (approx)|
In this module students work in groups to prepare presentations for the whole class and follow this by working individually on their own reports, which comprise the majority of the assessed components. The fundamental physics learned in previous core modules on quantum mechanics, solid-state and statistical physics, is used as a basis to describe and explain the operation of devices that exploit both quantum phenomena and the unique characteristics of graphene. As well as demonstrating the application of physics to technology, the module also provides a grounding that will be useful for careers in the electronics and photonics industries.
Our ability to transmit, process, and store information now depends upon the quantum properties of matter and radiation and in some cases may exploit the properties of single quanta. In addition to their potential applications, quantum phenomena continue to provide new ways of probing our understanding of the world and allow us to explore the new physics of nanostructures and nanomaterials, such as graphene.
A student who has passed this module should be able to:
The schedule of work is as follows:
|01||Introductory lecture, assign topic 1, sample page exercise.|
|02||Seminar on 1st topic, assign topic 2.|
|03||Seminar on 2nd topic, assign topic 3 (i.e. subject of 1st assessed essay), deadline for submission of essay plan and sample page.|
|04||Seminar on 3rd topic, assign topic 4.|
|05||Seminar on 4th topic, assign topic 5 (i.e. subject of 2nd assessed essay).|
|06||Seminar on 5th topic, assign topic 6. Feedback session on essay plans and sample pages.|
|07||Seminar on 6th topic, assign topic 7. Deadline for submission of 1st assessed essay.|
|08||Seminar on 7th topic, assign topic 8.|
|09||Seminar on 8th topic, decide subject of oral presentations to be based on topic 7 or 8.|
|10||Groups work on presentations. Feedback for 1st assessed essay.|
|12||Deadline for submission of 2nd assessed essay.|
Because of the rapid change in this area, the topics will be drawn from current research and so those given below are indicative examples only.
|Description||Study time||KIS type|
|1-hour introductory lecture||1 hours||SLT|
|8×1.5-hour seminars||12 hours||SLT|
|0.5-hour essay plan feedback session||0.5 hours||SLT|
|Working as group on assessed oral presentation||12.5 hours||GIS|
|Research to support own learning requirements||124 hours||GIS|
|0%||Seminar contribution||9 × 1-hour||Weeks T1:02-09||1-6||Verbal|
|0%||Practice essay plan and style-sample||750 words||Week T1:03||1-6||Written and verbal|
|40%||Formal report||2500 words||Week T1:07||1-6||Written|
|40%||Formal report||2500 words||Week T1:12||1-6||Written|
|20%||Oral presentation||20 minutes||Week T1:11||1-6||Written and verbal|
Notes: The Assessment Criteria are published in the Physics Handbook.
The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of information that students are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Instructor(s).
|Pre-requisite Modules||Quantum Mechanics I (PHY2022) and Condensed Matter I (PHY2024)|
Re-assessment is not available except when required by referral or deferral.
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Time scale for re-assessment|
|Module (100%)||Examination (100%)||1,3-5||August/September assessment period|
Notes: Note: Referred assessment, in the form of prepared essays written under examination conditions, is available for this module. See also the Physics Examination Conventions.
|Keywords||Physics; Quantum; Devices; Electron; Range; Lasers; Photonic; Spin; Quantum devices; Communication; Transistors.|