PHYS1026 Introduction to the Nanoworld
The module will convey concepts and ideas involved in NanoScience and NanoTechnology to a broad range of physical scientists. The course is intended to provide a guide to the ideas and physical concepts that allow an understanding of the changes that occur as the size scale shrinks toward the atomic scale. Because the field is extremely interdisciplinary, the course will mainly introduce many pervasive concepts such as how to measure on the nanometer scale. A critical theme is the modification of properties by controlling electrons. The course will also discuss approaches and responses to public and media scrutiny of NanoScience.
Aims and Objectives
The aim of this course is to convey concepts and ideas involved in NanoScience and NanoTechnology to a broad range of physical scientists. It is the bedrock for further courses in the Nanoscience degree programme.
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- To understand how physical phenomena are different on the nanoscale.
- To understand how nanoscale objects can be probed and visualised.
- To understand how the properties of nano-objects depend on confining electron waves, and how this can be exploited.
- To understand how NanoScience and NanoTechnology interact with society in a wider context.
- Length and Energy scales, Microscopic vs. Macroscopic vs Molecular machines - Visualising at the Nanoscale, Microscopy with waves (optical, electron), Microscopy by scanning (tunnelling, force) - Intro to wave equation, Confining electrons, Quantum Devices, Harnessing Wave/Particle - Duality - Brownian motion, light scattering - Nanoparticles & Nanostructures, Nano-magnetism - Nano & Society
Learning and Teaching
|Completion of assessment task||15.5|
|Wider reading or practice||52.5|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||18|
|Total study time||150|
|Exam (1.5 hours)||75%|
|Coursework marks carried forward||%|
Repeat type: Internal & External