COURSE GOALS: The aim of the course is to introduce students to the scientific research in the field of surfaces and nanostructures. Students are required to solve advanced problems by computational modeling of surfaces and nanostructures using the NanoHub portal (''a resource for nanoscience and nanotechnology, supported by the NSF USA''), as well as to prepare and present an adequate scientific seminar.
LEARNING OUTCOMES AT THE LEVEL OF THE PROGRAMME:
Upon completing the degree, students will be able to:
1. KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
1.1 formulate, discuss and explain the basic laws of physics including mechanics, electromagnetism and thermodynamics
1.2 demonstrate a thorough knowledge of advanced methods of theoretical physics including classical mechanics, classical electrodynamics, statistical physics and quantum physics
1.3 demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the most important physics theories (logical and mathematical structure, experimental support, described physical phenomena
1.4 describe the state of the art in at leastone of the presently active physics specialities
2. APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
2.1 identify the essentials of a process/situation and set up a working model of the same or recognize and use the existing models
2.2 evaluate clearly the orders of magnitude in situations which are physically different, but show analogies, thus allowing the use of known solutions in new problems;
2.3 apply standard methods of mathematical physics, in particular mathematical analysis and linear algebra and corresponding numerical methods
2.4 adapt available models to new experimental data
2.5 perform numerical calculation independently, even when a small personal computer or a large computer is needed, including the development of simple software programs
3. MAKING JUDGEMENTS
3.2 develop a personal sense of responsibility, given the free choice of elective/optional courses
3.3 comprehend the ethical characteristics of research and of the professional activity in physics
4. COMMUNICATION SKILLS
4.2 present one's own research or literature search results to professional as well as to lay audiences
4.3 develop the written and oral English language communication skills that are essential for pursuing a career in physics
5. LEARNING SKILLS
5.1 search for and use physical and other technical literature, as well as any other sources of information relevant to research work and technical project development (good knowledge of technical English is required)
5.2 remain informed of new developments and methods and provide professional advice on their possible range and applications
5.3 carry out research by undertaking a PhD
5.4 participate in projects which require advanced skills in modeling, analysis, numerical calculations and use of technologies
LEARNING OUTCOMES SPECIFIC FOR THE COURSE:
Upon completing the course Physics of surfaces and nanostructures students will be able:
1. To define surfaces, nanoparticles (clusters), nanotubes, nanowires, interfaces, and adsorbates
2. To describe surfaces and nanostructures of the most important materials
3. To describe classical models of surfaces and nanostructures by applying Electrodynamics and Statistical physics
4. To describe studies of electronic structures for surfaces and nanostructures
5. To describe the most important experimental studies in this field
6. To describe the most important computational methods in studies of surfaces and nanostructures
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
1. Introduction: about surfaces and nanostructures [3 hours]
2. Models of surfaces: electrodynamics and statistical physics [3 hours]
3. Surfaces of materials [3 hours]
4. Clusters, nanowires, nanotubes [3 hours]
5. Surfaces and nanostructures of carbon [3 hours]
6. Adsorbates [3 hours]
7. Electronic structure [3 hours]
8. Experimental methods [3 hours]
9. Biological nanostructures [3 hours]
10. The growth of crystals and nanostructures [3 hours]
11. Preparation and presentation of the seminar [15 hours]
REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS:
Students are required to regularly attend classes, perform computer modeling of surfaces and nanostructures on NanoHub, prepare and present a scientific seminar on the advanced level.
GRADING AND ASSESSING THE WORK OF STUDENTS:
During the course students solve exercises on Moodle and NanoHub (30% of the final grade) and prepare the final seminar on the small project level (70% of the grade).
