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Materials Science

Module PH0022 [AEP Expert 2]

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of SS 2018 (current)

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

available module versions
SS 2018SS 2017SS 2014SS 2011

Basic Information

PH0022 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Mandatory Modules in Bachelor Programme Physics (6th Semester, Specialization AEP)

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 60 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH0022 is Jonathan Finley.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions

Content

This course is designed for Bachelor Students in the 6th semester following the Applied and Engineering Physics (AEP) program at TUM. We will study the physics and properties of modern materials with an emphasis on their mechanical, chemical, thermal, electrical, optical and magnetic properties.  After successfully completing the course students will be in a position to understand why controlling the micro- and nano-structure of materials like insulators, semiconductors, non-magnetic and magnetic metals can lead to designer physical, thermal, electronic and optical properties. Moreover, students will learn how a range of modern materials structuring and processing technologies such as thin film growth, electron and optical lithography, etching, nano-manipulation and self-assembly routinely allow the construction of complex systems where novel physical and quantum effects can be exploited to build devices with new functionalities.  

Learning Outcome

After successfully completing the course students will be in a position to understand why controlling the micro- and nano-structure of materials like insulators, semiconductors, non-magnetic and magnetic metals can lead to fundamentally new physical, thermal, electronic and optical properties. Moreover, students will learn how a range of modern materials structuring and processing technologies such as thin film growth, electron and optical lithography, etching, nano-manipulation and self-assembly routinely allow the construction of complex systems where novel physical and quantum effects can be exploited to build devices with entirely new functionalities. 

Preconditions

Solid-State Physics (Intro) is a prerequisite for this course

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

The lecture will be held in a compact form in the first half of the summer semester.  This means that there will be 2 lectures and one exercise per week, for the first seven weeks of the summer semester.  The rest of the lecture time in the summer semester will be kept free for the end phase of the Bachelor Thesis.  The lecture will be held with both PPT and via direct writing on the board and will include both detailed discussions, examples of novel materials and concepts and examples of applications.  In this way, students will obtain both fundamental understanding of the physics and develop insights into the context of the different methods and materials explored.  The content of the lecture will be extended via tutorials in which worked examples will be presented and students will have the chance to discuss with their tutor.

Media

The lecture will be presented as a frontal lecture using mostly PPT and via written work on the iPad and in-class discussions.  A detailed script will be provided to accompany the course.  

Literature

see script

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

There will be an oral exam of 30 minutes duration. Therein the achievement of the competencies given in section learning outcome is tested exemplarily at least to the given cognition level using comprehension questions and sample calculations.

For example an assignment in the exam might be:

  • Explain the difference between insulators, semiconductors and metals in terms of electronic band structure and their typical measurable properties?
  • Explain the basic concepts of heteroepitaxy and discuss the methods used for epitaxial growth of ultra-pure semiconductors?
  • What are the different epitaxial growth modes that occur during heteroepitaxy and which energies drive growth ?
  • Sketch the band structure of GaAs and describe and explain the modifications caused by substitutionally replacing Ga-atoms with Al-atoms.
  • Explain how thin film heteroepitaxy can be used to realise quantum confined structures and explain the impact of motional quantisation on electronic properties.
  • Describe the methods used to pattern materials via top-down nano processing
  • Explain the different contributions to the effective potential experienced by free carriers in semiconductor heterostructures
  • Describe the concepts that lead to the Drude model of conduction and explain how thin film material processing can be used to enhance carrier mobility.
  • Explain the difference between the classical Hall effect and integer quantum Hall effects.
  • Discuss different methods used to realise quantum-dot nano materials ?
  • How would you prove that a nano structured materials has zero-dimensional electronic structure ?
  • Describe a method that can be used to probe magnetic ordering in materials ?
  • What is a spin wave and how can one go about experimentally measuring them ?

In the exam the following learning aids are permitted: hand-written sheet with formulas, double-sided

Participation in the exercise classes is strongly recommended since the exercises prepare for the problems of the exam and rehearse the specific competencies.

There will be a bonus (one intermediate stepping of "0,3" to the better grade) on passed module exams (4,3 is not upgraded to 4,0). The bonus is applicable to the exam period directly following the lecture period (not to the exam repetition) and subject to the condition that the student passes the mid-term of Active participation in 5 of the total of 6 Exercise Classes

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

Title
TimeLocationInfoRegistration
Exam to Materials Science (1B)
Wed, 2019-07-24 till 2019-05-27
Thu, 2019-07-25 till 2019-05-27
Fri, 2019-07-26 till 2019-05-27
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