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PHYS1026 Introduction to the Nanoworld

Module Overview

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

Module Aims

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Syllabus

- 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

TypeHours
Lecture36
Follow-up work18
Wider reading or practice52.5
Revision10
Completion of assessment task15.5
Preparation for scheduled sessions18
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (1.5 hours) 75%
Mid-Semester Test 25%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework marks carried forward %
Exam %

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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