Course syllabus

Fysiken för låg-dimensionella strukturer och kvantkomponenter
The Physics of Low-dimensional Structures and Quantum Devices

FFFN35, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2017/18
Decided by: PLED F/Pi
Date of Decision: 2017-04-06

General Information

Main field: Nanoscience.
Compulsory for: N4-nf
Elective for: E4, F4, F4-nf, N4-hn
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


This course concerns artificial materials with substructure on the nanometer scale such that the electronic motion is restricted to two, one or zero dimensions. The emphasis is on semiconductor heterostructures but also other low-dimensional systems will be discussed. The concepts and the underlying theory are introduced based on quantum mechanics and extended by the application to heterostructures. After the lecture part of the course is completed, the student will work on a project within a research group for about 1,5 weeks. The project work will be presented orally as well as in writing.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must


Heterostructure concepts and low dimensional systems such as quantum wells, nanowires and quantum dots. Quantum physics applied to such systems. Optical properties of low dimensional systems (transition rules, polarization etc). Transport properties of 2D and 1D systems. Quantized conductance with Landauer-formalism. Scattering phenomena in 1D. Devices based on quantum phenomena and Coulomb blockade.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written exam and home assignments. Graded laboratory exercises and project work. The final grade is based on a weighted average of the grades on the laboratory work (25%), the project work (25%) and the written exam (50%).

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0117. Name: Project.
Credits: 2. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Execution and written and oral presentation
Code: 0217. Name: Laboratory Exercises.
Credits: 1,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Written reports
Code: 0317. Name: Written Examination.
Credits: 4. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written exam


Required prior knowledge: (FMFF15 Quantum Mechanics and Mathematical Methods or FAFF10 Atomic and Nuclear Physics with Applications) and (FFFF01 Electronical Materials or FFFF05 Solid State Physics).
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FFF042

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Mats-Erik Pistol,
Course coordinator: Martin Leijnse,
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