PHGN 550: Nanoscale Physics (Fall 2010)

Prof. Zhigang Wu
Office: 443 Meyer Hall
Phone: (303) 2733068

Lecture Location and Time
363 Meyer Hall, Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 12:30-01:45 PM

Office Hours
  • Mondays @ 2:00-4:00 PM
  • Fridays @ 2:00-5:00 PM

    Here you can find the lecture schedule, notes, handouts, assignments, etc.

  • Course Description
    An introduction to the basic physics concepts involved in nanoscale phenomena, processing methods resulting in engineered nanostructures, and the design and operation of novel structures and devices, which take advantage of nanoscale effects. Students will become familiar with interdisciplinary aspect of nanotechnology, as well as with current nanoscience developments described in the literature.

  • PHGN 320: Modern Physics II (Quantum Theory)
  • PHGN 341: Thermal Physics
  • PHGN 462: Advanced Electromagnetism (Co-Requisite)

  • Homework Assignments
    Homework will be due on its due date at 5:00 PM. You can either put it into my mail box at 325 Meyer Hall or my office. Individual homework will be graded out of 100, and a zero point will be given if a homework assignment is not returned on time without a valid reason. Totally there will be about 11 assignments, however, the instructor will drop your lowest homework score to calculate the final homework grade.

    Two take-home exams will be scheduled: one mid-term and one final. You have to finish these problems within 48 hours.

    Honor Code
    Homework and take-home exams have to be done INDEPENDENTLY. Group discussions are encouraged for homework assignments, but you still need to finish the problems by yourself, and report it in your notes. No discussions are allowed for take-home exams. If you use any materials form books other than the textbook, papers, online resources, please also report in your notes. No deduction will be made if you report; otherwise I treat it as an academic integrity violation.

    Homework (45%) + Midterm Exams (20%) + Final Exam (30%) + Discussion & Participation (10%)
    A: 90-100%, B: 80-89%, C: 70-79%, D: 60-69%, F: 0-59%

    Hornyak, Dutta, Tibbals & Rao (HDTR): Introduction to Nanoscience, CRC, 2008.

    Useful Reference Books
  • Hornyak, Dutta, Tibbals & Rao: Fundamentals of Nanotechnology, CRC, 2008.
  • Lindsay: Introduction to Nanoscience, Oxford, 2010.
  • Rubahn: Basics of Nanotechnology, Wiley, 2008.
  • Vollath: Nanomaterials,Wiley, 2008.
  • Wolf: Quantum Nanoelectronics,Wiley, 2009.
  • Wolf: Basics of Nanophysics and nanotechnology,Wiley, 2006.
  • Garcia-Martinez: Nanotechnology for the Energy Challenge, Wiley, 2010.
  • Ozin, Arsenault, & Cademartiri: Nanochemistry, RSC, 2009.