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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.

Module version of WS 2013/4

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

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
SS 2018SS 2017WS 2013/4

Basic Information

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

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 in the version of WS 2013/4 was 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. Wed, 12:15–13:45, ZNN 0.001
Wed, 14:00–15:30, ZNN 0.001

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

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.

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