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NANO 500: Introduction to Nanomaterials and Interactions

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Spring 2006

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

Boris Veytsman. E-mail: bveytsma@gmu.edu, office: S&T
I, room 217

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Meetings

Science and Technology I 206. Mondays 6:30pm--9:10pm

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Scope

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.

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Grading

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

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

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Literature

- 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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Lecture notes

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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
- Electrons And Lattices: The Origin Of Electron Bands
- Midterm Exam
- 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
- Final Exam

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

The old versions of the course:

This course will be also offered in Fall 2006

Last modified:
Thu Apr 27 15:08:14 EDT 2006