Nanoelectronics and Nanooptics

Module PH2170

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

PH2170 is a semester module in English or German language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

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

  • General catalogue of special courses
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics

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

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
300 h 75 h 10 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2170 is Alexander Holleitner.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This lecture gives an in-depth introduction into the electronic, thermoelectric, optoelectronic, and optical properties of nanoscale circuits and materials. It starts with a short recapitulation of topics from solid state physics and semiconductor physics, and then, it focuses on the fascinating phenomena of quantum physics which occur at low electron numbers and dimensions: 3D, 2D, 1D and 0D. The lecture gives the opportunity to understand the physics of modern nanoscale electronics and optics.

Learning Outcome

After a successful participation of the module the student is able to:

1.     Determine different classes of nanoscale materials and their physical properties.

2.     Describe preparation and nanofabrication methods for nanoscale materials.

3.     Explain and distinguish optical and structural characterization methods for nanoscale materials. 

4.     Describe charge transport and quantum phenomena, such as the quantum Hall effect and conductance quantization, in the various dimensions.

5.     Describe optical phenomena of nanoscale sytems in the various dimensions.

6.     Explain excitonic absorption and plasmonic phenomena.

7.     Describe 2D materials and their specific optical and transport properties.

8.     Discuss applications of nanoscale materials for electronic, optoelectronic, and spintronic applications.


Bachelor degree

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 4 Nanoelectronics and Nanooptics Holleitner, A. Mittwoch, 12:00–14:00
Donnerstag, 12:00–14:00

Learning and Teaching Methods

Presentation in the lecture hall, tutorials on specific topics with group work


beamer presentation, black board


Script with references

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 90 minutes.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam at the end of the 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.

Prüfung zu Nanoelektronik und Nanooptik
Do, 13.10.2016 Wenden Sie sich zur individuellen Terminvereinbarung an die/den Prüfer(in). bis 12.10.2016

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