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Nanosystems 2 (Physics of Nano-Optics)

Module PH2092

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.

Basic Information

PH2092 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This module description is valid to SS 2013.

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 40 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2092 is Alexander Holleitner.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This module gives an introductory in the optical properties of organic and inorganic nanosystems. Starting with an idealized two-level system, the optical properties of 3D, 2D and 0D electronic systems are introduced. A particular emphasis will be put on the optical control of the spin states of the charge carriers. In addition, the fluorescence of organic nanosystems will be introduced and plasmonic properties of metal nanosystems such as nanoparticles are discussed. Furthermore, heat, charge, and energy transfer processes after an optical excitation will be explained. Corresponding sensing application of nanoscale systems are introduced. A further emphasis is put on the optical and optoelectronic properties of topical material systems, such as graphene, topological insulators, single molecules and proteins, and carbon nanotubes.

Learning Outcome

After a successful participation of the module, the student is able to:
1) discuss the impact of spatial confinement on the optical properties of nanosystems.
3) explain and specify the fluorescence of nanosystems.
4) explain surface plasmon polaritons at metal interfaces.
5) explain and specify plasmon resonances in nanoparticles.
6) explain heat, charge, and energy transfer processes in nanoscale circuits.
7) differentiate between the different optically induced current contributions in nanoscale systems.


There are no access requirements beyond the ones for the master study.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Nanosystems 2 Holleitner, A. singular or moved dates

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lecture, beamer presentation, board work, exercises in individual and group work, discussion


Lecture script, practise sheets, accompanying internet site, complementary literature


  • Bushan, Bharat (Editor): “Springer Handbook of Nanotechnology”, (2nd revised and extended edition);
  • Tom Weigh, Applied Biophysics - A Molecular Approach for Physical Scientists (Wiley Verlag).;
  • Lakowicz, Joseph R., Principles of Fluorescence Spectroscopy (3rd edition), Springer, 2006;
  • Lukas Novotny, Bert Hecht, Principles of nano-optics Cambridge University Press.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester. There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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