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Nanotechnologies

Module PH2183

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 2019/20 (current)

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
WS 2019/20SS 2014

Basic Information

PH2183 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

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

  • Specific catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for Biophysics

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 45 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2183 is Gregor Koblmüller.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions

Content

The lecture focuses on various methods of nanofabrication (optical, electron beam lithography, focused ion beam) and newer emerging techni¬ques (x-ray lithography, nanoimprint, etc.). In particular the physical principles are discussed and limitations for the various methods given. Various synthesis and crystal growth methods for advanced semiconductor nanostructures will be further introduced such as chemical and physical vapor phase epitaxial techniques (MOVPE, MBE, etc.) and the physical growth principles of 0D,1D, and 2D materials highlighted. Examples will be given where these low-dimensional nanostructures are implemented into cutting-edge technological applications. The second part of this lecture deals with specific nanoanalytical methods required for characterization of structural, surface and atomic properties of nanofabricated and synthesized materials. These include electron microscopy, surface analytical methods, ion beam analytical techniques, x-ray techniques, and some new sophisticated techniques, such as atom probe tomography, etc.

Learning Outcome

After successful participation and engagement in the module "Nanotechnologies" students will have gained:

  1. basic knowledge in nanofabrication and analysis of mainly semiconductor-based devices,
  2. the capability to select and evaluate specific nanofabrication methods relevant for nanotechnological applications,
  3. the possibility to explore the limits of the various methodologies,
  4. the capability for structural, atomic and interface specific analysis of nanostructured materials, and
  5. the important knowledge in understanding the complex interplay between material synthesis, structural and electronic properties of materials, and their effect on functionalities in cutting-edge device applications.

Preconditions

Basics in Solid State Physics

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

TypeSWSTitleLecturer(s)DatesLinks
VO 2 Nanotechnologies Koblmüller, G. Tue, 09:30–11:00, virtuell
and dates in groups
eLearning

Learning and Teaching Methods

The module consists of a lecture and an exercise. In the thematically structured lecture, the contents of the course are presented in a presentation and conveyed through vivid examples and discussion with the students. Students are also motivated to independently deal with the topics covered and to study the relevant literature.

In the exercises the students learn to solve tasks independently. Here, task sheets can be completed for independent review and consolidation of the learned methods. The students' tasks are discussed and checked with a research assistant.

Media

Präsentation, Laborbesichtigung

Literature

Vorlesungsfolien und darin enthaltene Referenzen

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The examination will take the form of a 25-minute oral exam. Students have to demonstrate that they are able to assess semiconductor-based manufacturing techniques and analytical methods in nanotechnology. By answering comprehension questions, they must demonstrate their knowledge of the relationships between the physical properties of the respective methods, the defined limits and application areas in material production and the structural and electronic properties of different material systems.

Exam Repetition

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

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