Offered to students admitted to Year 1 in ALL
Major/Minor ALL
Course Type
Offer in 2018 - 2019 Y N
Course Code PHYS7750
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PHYS7750 Nanophysics (6 credits) Academic Year 2018
Offering Department Physics Quota ---
Course Co-ordinator Prof S J Xu, Physics < sjxu@hku.hk >
Teachers Involved (Prof S J Xu,Physics)
Course Objectives This course is designed to let fresh postgraduate students know fundamental concepts and principles of nano physics, such as two-dimensional electron gas, quantum Hall effects, one-dimensional electron system, quantum wires and nanotubes, zero-dimensional electron systems, single electron effects and quantum dots.
Course Contents & Topics Introduction to nano physics and quantum size effect. Dimensionalities and density of states. Optical and transport properties of two-dimensional electron gas formed at heterostructures and within novel graphene monolayers with external fields. Quantum Hall Effects. Physics of one-dimensional electron systems including carbon nanotubes and semiconductor nanowires. Fundamental physics of zero-dimensional electron systems. Single electron effects. Quantum dots and nanocrystals. Fundamental principles and applications of scanning tunneling microscopy in the study of nano physics. If time permits, the making and application aspects of nanomaterials will also be discussed.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

CLO 1 recall basic concepts and knowledge of dimensionality, density of states, quantum size effect
CLO 2 identify and compare optical and transport properties of two-dimensional electron gas with external fields, especially quantum Hall effects
CLO 3 recognize the fundamental principles and important applications of scanning tunneling microscopy in the study of nano physics
CLO 4 describe the basic physics of one-dimensional electron systems including carbon nanotubes and semiconductor nanowires
CLO 5 understand the central physics of zero-dimensional quantum dots and nanocrystals, single electron effects
Pre-requisites
(and Co-requisites and
Impermissible combinations)
Pass in PHYS3551 and PHYS4351
Course Status with Related Major/Minor /Professional Core 2018 Major in Physics ( Disciplinary Elective )
2018 Minor in Physics ( Disciplinary Elective )
2017 Major in Astronomy ( Disciplinary Elective )
2017 Major in Mathematics/Physics ( Disciplinary Elective )
2017 Major in Physics ( Disciplinary Elective )
2017 Minor in Physics ( Disciplinary Elective )
2016 Major in Astronomy ( Disciplinary Elective )
2016 Major in Mathematics/Physics ( Disciplinary Elective )
2016 Major in Physics ( Disciplinary Elective )
2016 Minor in Physics ( Disciplinary Elective )
2015 Major in Astronomy ( Disciplinary Elective )
2015 Major in Mathematics/Physics ( Disciplinary Elective )
2015 Major in Physics ( Disciplinary Elective )
2015 Minor in Physics ( Disciplinary Elective )
2014 Major in Astronomy ( Disciplinary Elective )
2014 Major in Mathematics/Physics ( Disciplinary Elective )
2014 Major in Physics ( Disciplinary Elective )
2014 Minor in Physics ( Disciplinary Elective )
Course to PLO Mapping 2018 Major in Physics < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2017 Major in Astronomy < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2017 Major in Mathematics/Physics < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2017 Major in Physics < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2016 Major in Astronomy < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2016 Major in Mathematics/Physics < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2016 Major in Physics < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2015 Major in Astronomy < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2015 Major in Mathematics/Physics < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2015 Major in Physics < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2014 Major in Astronomy < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2014 Major in Mathematics/Physics < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2014 Major in Physics < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
Offer in 2018 - 2019 N        To be confirmed Examination To be confirmed
Offer in 2019 - 2020 N
Course Grade A+ to F
Grade Descriptors
A Demonstrate thorough mastery at an advanced level of extensive knowledge and skills required for attaining all the course learning outcomes. Show strong analytical and critical abilities and logical thinking, with evidence of original thought, and ability to apply knowledge to a wide range of complex, familiar and unfamiliar situations. Apply highly effective organizational and presentational skills.
B Demonstrate substantial command of a broad range of knowledge and skills required for attaining at least most of the course learning outcomes. Show evidence of analytical and critical abilities and logical thinking, and ability to apply knowledge to familiar and some unfamiliar situations. Apply effective organizational and presentational skills.
C Demonstrate general but incomplete command of knowledge and skills required for attaining most of the course learning outcomes. Show evidence of some analytical and critical abilities and logical thinking, and ability to apply knowledge to most familiar situations. Apply moderately effective organizational and presentational skills.
D Demonstrate partial but limited command of knowledge and skills required for attaining some of the course learning outcomes. Show evidence of some coherent and logical thinking, but with limited analytical and critical abilities. Show limited ability to apply knowledge to solve problems. Apply limited or barely effective organizational and presentational skills.
Fail Demonstrate little or no evidence of command of knowledge and skills required for attaining the course learning outcomes. Lack of analytical and critical abilities, logical and coherent thinking. Show very little or no ability to apply knowledge to solve problems. Organization and presentational skills are minimally effective or ineffective.
Course Type Lecture-based course
Course Teaching
& Learning Activities
Activities Details No. of Hours
Lectures 36
Tutorials 12
Reading / Self study 80
Assessment Methods
and Weighting
Methods Details Weighting in final
course grade (%)
Assessment Methods
to CLO Mapping
Assignments 10 CLO 1,2,3,4,5
Essay 20 CLO 1,2,3,4,5
Examination 70 CLO 1,2,3,4,5
Required/recommended reading
and online materials
Lecture notes prepared by Course Coordinator
Course Website NIL
Additional Course Information NIL
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