Syllabus academic year 2007/2008

Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Level: A (Second level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. FFF165 overlap following cours/es: FMF033, FFFN10 och FMF033. Optional for: E4, F4, F4nfe, N4, N4nel, N4nf. Course coordinator: Prof. Hongqi Xu,, Fysik, kurslaboratoriet. Recommended prerequisits: FFF042, FFF021, FFF100, FAF240, FAF245. The course might be cancelled if the numer of applicants is less than 5. Assessment: Written exam. Home page:

Most treatments of quantum mechanics have begun from the historical basis of the application to nuclear and atomic physics. This generally leaves the important topics of quantum well, tunneling, periodic potential, nanostructures, quantum electron transport, and quantum devices until the late in the course or even out of the course. This puts the students who are interested in solid state electronics and solid state physics at a disadvantage. Thus there is a need for a quantum mechanic course that concentrates primarily on examples taken from the new realm of artificially structured materials and small devices in solid state electronics. The purpose of this quantum mechanics course is to fulfill the need. Students will receive the materials in an order that concentrates on the important aspects of solid state electronics and the modern aspects of quantum mechanics that are becoming more and more used in everyday practice in this area. The topics and the examples used to illustrate the topics will be chosen from recent experimental studies, in the areas, which are important in today’s development toward nanoelectronics including modern microelectronics, heteroepitaxially grown heterostructures, quantum well and superlattice structures, nanostructures, etc.

The course is taught in strong interaction with students’ participations in solving the problems taken from recent experiments in the area of nanostructures and nanoelectronics devices.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

The course covers the following materials: 1. Foundations for quantum mechanics; 2. Electronic structure in semiconductor quantum structures; 3. Tunneling effects and quantum devices; 4. The harmonic oscillator and LC-circuit quantization; 5. Basic function, operators, and quantum dynamics; 6. Stationary perturbation theory and effects of electrical fields; 7. Time-dependent perturbation theory and optical transition rate.

David K Ferry, Quantum Mechanics: An Introduction for Devices Physicists and Electrical Engineers, 2nd ed. (IOP publishing, Bristol, 2001); ISBN 0-7530-0725-0.