Below are old lecture notes for the course that was read in the Fall semester of 2006. The current course can be found here.

Boris Veytsman. E-mail: bveytsma@gmu.edu, office: Research I, room 367. Office hours: Wednesdays, 6:30pm (please make an appointment by e-mail beforehand).

Research I, room 307. Mondays 6:30pm--9:10pm

Introduction to nanotechnology. Discussion of the Feynman challenge and its relation to modern science. Atoms and states; a review of quantum mechanics; energy levels; excitations. Includes light absorption and luminescence; covalent and hydrogen bonds in nanostructures and polymers; conformations of polymers; random walks; biological nanostructures and bio-inspired self-assembly. Discussion covers collective effects in nanostructures; one-dimensional lattices; delocalization; electron spectrum; proton excitations. Emphasis on two-dimensional and three-dimensional lattices. Applications to nanostructures of charges, currents, diamagnetics, paramagnetics and ferromagnetics.

Assignments: 40%; Midterm: 25%; Final: 35% .

The students are invited to attend COS/CMaSC Research Colloquium. A short description of a presentation there earns additional credits towards the final grade. The seminar is free for everybody.

- Schiff, L. I. Quantum Mechanics
- Kittel, C. Introduction to Solid State Physics
- Davies, J. H. The physics of Low-Dimensional Semiconductors: An Introduction
- Handbook of Nanoscience, Engineering and Technology. Ed. by William A. Goddard III, Donald W. Brenner, Sergey Edward Lyshevsky, and Gerald J. Iafrate

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- Introduction To Nanotechnology
- Quantum Mechanics Refreshment
- Free Particles. Flow And Current
- Quantum Tunneling And Resonance Transmission
- A Simple Memory Element And Perturbation Theory
- Atoms, Molecules And Forces
- Midterm Exam
- Electrons And Lattices: The Origin Of Electron Bands
- Symmetry And Spin
- Statistics Of Fermi Systems I
- Statistics Of Fermi Systems II. Density Of States
- Simple Theory Of Vertical Quantum Dots
- Conductance Of A Quantum Dot
- Introduction To Polymer Physics
- An Example: Nanoscale Biological Electronic Device
- Final Exam

You can earn extra credit points if you find errors in these notes.

The old versions of the course:

Last modified: Sat Aug 25 00:44:04 EDT 2007