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Introduction to Nano Physics

Field of study: Nanotechnologies

Level: Bachelor

Objective of the course/learning outcomes: This lecture will give an introduction to selected topics in physics that are of major relevance for understanding present challenges and opportunities in nanoscience from a physicist's point of view.

I Basic concepts of quantum mechanics
- The wave function and its dynamics
- Quantization from confinement
- Probabilistic interpretation
- Wave function interference
- Tunneling
- Quantum statistics

II Forces on the nanoscale
- Electrostatic forces; example of EFM and KPFM
- van der Waals forces; relevance to AFM and NEMS
- Casimir force and applications

III Quantum electron transport and applications
- Principle of STM and tunneling spectroscopy
- Single electron effects and electronic transport through confined structures
- Electron interference effects

Lecture/contact hours: 3 hours of lecture

Teaching language: English

Detailed examination modalities: written exam

Instructor: Dr. Clemens WINKELMANN
Department: Université de Grenoble Alpes & Institut Néel
Phone: +33 4 76 88 78 36


Date of update April 7, 2021

Grenoble INP Institut d’ingénierie et de management, Université Grenoble Alpes
Grenoble INP, Graduate schools of Engineering and Management
Université Grenoble Alpes

(Institut polytechnique de Grenoble)
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F38031 Grenoble Cedex 1 - France
Tel. : +33 4 76 57 45 00 - Fax. : +33 4 76 57 45 01
Université Grenoble Alpes