Course syllabus

Fysik – Kvantfenomen och nanoteknologi
Physics - Quantum Phenomena and Nanotechnology

FAFA10, 9 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2014/15
Decided by: Education Board B
Date of Decision: 2014-04-08

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: N2
Elective for: E4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The objective of the course is to give an introduction to quantum mechanics and its concepts. Furthermore, nanotechnology is introduced as the science of materials and devices whose structure on the nanometre scale has been deigned to give new, unique properties. In order to understand these characteristic properties, quantum mechanics is a necessary tool. Conversely, the course will use nanotechnology to illustrate quantum mechanical phenomena and to motivate for further studies in quantum mechanics. The course will in this way emphasize the mutual interdependence of technology and science in general and of nanotechnology and quantum mechanics in particular. The course should also give the opportunity to reflect on the fascinating phenomena of quantum physics.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


A major focus will be on the understanding of basic concepts. The student will be encouraged to actively discuss, explain and reflect on the course content. Lab exercises are exploited to visualise and concretise abstract concepts. This gives the student the possibility to directly observe quantum mechanical phenomena through optical and electrical measurements on materials and devices relevant to optical communication and high-speed electronics. For students in the Engineering Nanoscience Programme the course also contains an introduction to using computers as calculation tools. Students in the Engineering Physics Programme instead make a project involving a literature study highlighting some area in nanotechnology. In addition, all students are given a larger computational task addressing a quantum mechanical problem.

Quantum mechanics: Basic concepts such as de Broglie waves, interpretation as probabilities and tunnelling. The Schrödinger equation and energy quantisation in small systems. Absorption and emission of photons in a quantum mechanical picture.

Nanotechnology: Methods for making nanometre sized structures. Measurement techniques for studying quantum phenomena in such structures. Nanotechnology applications with emphasis on modern quantum electronics.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG
Assessment: The examination is based on a written examination after about 3 weeks, laboratory exercises and projects with written and oral reports. The students have to pass the written examination to be allowed to participate in the laboratory exercises.

Code: 0114. Name: Physics - Quantum Phenomena and Nanotechnology.
Credits: 9. Grading scale: UG.
Code: 0214. Name: Introduction to Matlab / Literature Project Nanotechnology.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG.
Code: 0314. Name: Computer Project.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG.
Code: 0414. Name: Test Examination.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG.
Code: 0514. Name: Lab Exercise 1 Tunnel Effect.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG.
Code: 0614. Name: Lab Exercise 2 Optical Effects.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG.


Required prior knowledge: Basic courses in mathematics and programming.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FAF240, FAFA55

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Gillis Carlsson,
Course coordinator: Martin Magnusson,
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