TFYY54 – Nanophysics



TFYY54 – Nanophysis
For Y, Fys, MFYS, MPN

6 ECTS points




The idea of this course is to give an introduction survey of physics at the nanometer scale. We will explore the physical basis of phenomena that appear when the linear dimension of an object or device shrinks below a micrometer. In addition, the course will cover the experimental techniques currently used to fabricate and characterize nanostructures. A number of already existing applications of “nano-materials”, as well as future possibilities will be also discussed.


The course is intended for undergraduate students, but it is open also for International Master Program students and PhD students.



The courses Semiconductor Physics (TFYY47) and Nanotechnology (TFYY87) are desirable, but not compulsory.



32 hours lectures

8 hours laboratory exercises


The course is given in English.


Course contents

The course consists of three parts.

Part I – Introduction to nanophysics and nanotechnology.

-          scaling laws and limits to smallness

-          quantum nature of nanoworld

-          physical based experimental approaches to nanofabrication and nanoscopy

Part II – Properties and application of dielectric and metal nanostructures.

     -individual nanoparticles – metal and molecular clusters

     -bulk nanostructured materials

     -carbon nanostructures – fullerenes and nanotubes


Part III – Properties and application of semiconductor nanostructures (mainly quantum dots).

-          fabrication of semiconductor quantum dots – nanolithography, self-ordering and Sranski-Krastanov mode epitaxy, selective-area epitaxy

-          electronic and optical properties of quantum dots

-          optical spectroscopy of quantum dots – photoluminescence, photoluminescence excitation, local probe techniques (micro-photoluminescence, near-field scanning optical microscopy, cathodoluminescence)

-          quantum dot based devices – lasers, detectors, solar cells, single-electron transistors, memories.


Laboratory exercises

1. STM/AFM on semiconductor nanostructures

((lab assistant: Bilal Syed,, M406, tel. 28 2753)

2. Micro-photoluminescence of single quantum dots

(lab assistant: Chih-Wei Hsu,, K208, tel. 28 2699)



E. L. Wolf, Nanophysics and nanotechnology: An introduction to modern concepts in nanoscience, Wiley-VCH (2004) – main book

Ch. Poole Jr., F. J. Owens, Introduction to nanotechnology, John Wiley & Sons (2003) – main book

Nanoscale science and technology, Eds. R. W. Kelsall, I. W. Hamley and M. Geoghegan, John Wiley & Sons (2005) – reference book

D. Bimberg, M. Grundmann, N. N. Ledentsov, Quantum dot heterostructures, John Wiley & Sons (1999) – reference book



In addition, a number of popular scientific articles and reviews will be used (see the course library page).



The final grade is formed by the evaluation of

-          home assignments based on the lecture material

-          two laboratory reports

-          project work (or written exam)



Plamen Paskov


rum G324, Fysikhuset

tel: 28 26 88