PHY8030 : Applied Solid State

Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0


This module aims to introduce students to advanced concepts in solid state physics, their application to the solution of engineering problems and the field of quantum metrology.

Outline Of Syllabus

Fullerenes, growth of multiwall and single wall carbon nanotubes, chirality control, field ion microscopy, X-ray tomography.
2D plasmon dispersion and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy, sensors, quartz crystal oscillator and optical sensing, 1D materials and quantum confinement, amorphous materials, surfaces, basic of catalysis, real surfaces and defects, X-ray photoemission spectroscopy, angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy, dispersion of electron bands in solids.
Stern-Gerlach experiment, quantum magnetism, domain walls in 2D and 1D, atomic force microscopy, magnetic force microscopy, superconductivity.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00Revision lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00Formal lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading52:0010:00Reading of recommended literature and text books
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery120:102:00Office hours
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study194:0094:00Review ReCap lectures, understanding of concepts/principles outlined in lectures
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide core material and guidance for further reading. Problem solving based on case studies from engineering is introduced during lectures and the students encouraged to complete the work to discuss during subsequent sessions. Office hours will provide an opportunity for more direct contact between individual students and the lecturer: a typical student might spend a total of one or two hours over the course of the module, either individually or as part of a group.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A50N/A
Oral Presentation101A30N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M201500 words maximum
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination provides the opportunity for the students to demonstrate their understanding of the course material through both presentation and essay, on topics related to
characterisation techniques used for solid state materials in different dimensions. Presentation is also important to practice importance of communicating the main findings together with practising literature research and referencing.
The exam part of problem-solving enable the students to demonstrate that they are able to apply the understanding and their analysis and synthesis skills to specific problems.
The essay gives the students the opportunity to use technical concepts to investigate the behaviour of real world problems.

Reading Lists