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Optoelectronic Properties at the Nanometer Scale

Module PH6010

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

PH6010 is a semester module in English language at graduate-studies level which is offered irregular.

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

  • Subject-Related Qualification Modules for Doctoral Candidates in Physics (Courses)

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

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
60 h 20 h 2 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH6010 is Johannes Barth.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Can the control of matter at the nanoscale provide novel ways to create next-generation light-harvesting and -emitting devices or revolutionize communication and computational technologies?

This series of lectures is intented to explore how optoelectronic properties change in reduced dimensions. We will discuss the underlying physics, state of the art research to investigate the modified properties and state of the art applications. The five lectures we will cover:

1. Overview over macroscopic optoelectronic processes. A review of optics and nanoscale phenomena and how macroscopic processes are altered due to nanoscale phenomena.

2. Nanoscale light-harvesting and -emitting device approaches. We convey how are optoelectronic processes modified when reaching the nano scale, including the associated new possibilities and challenges.

3. Exciton physics and exciton transport at the nanometer scale. We discuss the most fundamental neutral light-matter interaction - the exciton and how its manipulation can open a new parameter space to design optoelectronic devices

4. Dynamics in the nm world. How do optoelectronic processes happen at different time scales, and can nanostructured elements be used to tune the dynamics and provide means for direct measurements?

5. Enhancing and focalizing EM field beyond the diffraction limit. We explore how the concept of nanoplasmonics enables us to squeeze light well beyond the diffraction limit. This knowledge enables new characterization techniques, means for enhancing the absorption cross section of nanostructured light-harvesting and -emitting materials, and opens new avenues for nanoscale optical circuits

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Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 1 Optoelectronic Properties at the Nanometer Scale
Responsible/Coordination: Barth, J.
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Learning and Teaching Methods

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Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Active participation in the module courses and discussions on the scientific topic.

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