Course information

Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail H.S.J. van der Zant
Name E-mail L.M.K. Vandersypen
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
Education Period
Start Education
Exam Period
Exam by appointment
Course Language
Expected prior knowledge
Knowledge of Solid state physics (electrons in metals, Pauli/Bose statistics, energy bands, scattering, conductance); Quantum mechanics (wavefunctions, eigenstates, transmission); Electrodynamics; Elementary Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics.
Course Contents
Mesoscopic physics is the area of Solid State physics that covers the transition regime between macroscopic objects and the microscopic, atomic world. It concentrates on questions related to the roles of classical and quantum mechanics in these intermediate-sized systems. The main goal of the course is to introduce the physical concepts underlying the phenomena in this field.This is facilitated by the introduction and use of transparent physical models. These models are extensively complemented by (usually very recent) experimental results, highlighting the main aspects contained in the model, but at the same time, stressing the limitations by identifying deviations found in such experiments. While thoroughly discussing the formalisms essential for understanding the subject, it avoids lengthy and highly technical
theoretical derivations. Where possible, suggestions for further reading are given, providing convenient paths for an in-depth study.
Study Goals
Reach understanding of electronic properties of meso-size conductors, appreciate/recognize the role of classical and quantum processes, being able to explain electronic transport phenomena using simple physical concepts.
Education Method
Weekly lectures, discussion of concepts and experimental results.
Literature and Study Materials
Syllabus. Review papers.
Oral exam.
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