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FFFN35 - Physics of low-dimensional structures and quantum devices

Course info fall 2017

The projects are now uploaded. Please download and read them before the presentation. The presentations will be more interesting then.

An example exam is now available at the offices of Mats-Erik and Adam.

The presentation schedule for Thursday is now posted.

Note that the labreports should preferably be submitted within a week. This is not a hard deadline and you will not be "punished" if the report is late. However if the report is very late, you cannot expect a fast correction either.

Lab sign up: The lists where you sign up for the labs are available in Q144, where MEP sits.

Welcome to the home-page for the course in "The physics of low-dimensional structures and quantum devices".

The course book is: The physics of low-dimensional structures and quantum devices by John H. Davies and you should order it yourselves from e. g. bokus or buy it at KFS.

The initial part and the optics part will be lectured by Prof. Mats-Erik Pistol 

The transport part will be lectured by Dr. Adam Burke 


Course description

Reading material

Reading guide

Slides Chapter 5 (password protected)

Slides on quantum dots (password protected)

Slides on Chapter 6 (password protected)

Coulomb Blockade article: part 1part 2 (not required reading, but if you think it helps...)

The material on quantum dots is not included in Davies, you should instead read: Text om Quantum Dots. The most important material is on pages 1 to 9, but if you are interested you can read up to mid-page 12. This document is allowed during the exam.

Absorption in quantum wells. The lecture notes can be found here, in a more complete form. This document is allowed during the exam.

Computer exercise

On Friday, 10/11, there will be a compulsory computer exercise at 13.15 in K204. The instructions for the exercise can be found here. Note that there is a problem that you should do before the exercise begins. The matlab programs that you need can be found here: perm.mdos.m.


General instructions for the labs can be found here. You must read these instructions.

The instructions for the PLE-lab can be found here and here.

The instructions for the Coulomb blockade lab is here. Note that there are preparation questions you should do in advance. You should meet for the lab in k-space (Berzeliuslab) a few minutes before the lab starts, and the lab itself is in Berzeliuslab, with Sven Dorsch as supervisor. 


Part of the course involve a project that will be performed during about one week. Most of the projects will be performed week 49. Presentation on Dec. 14 at 13.15 in K:404.

Instructions for the projects, including how the report should be can be found here.

A list of the projects can be found here. Fill in the project sign up Google Form before 08:00 Wednesday, November 29th to register your top choices. 

Here is a list of the project assignments. Please get in touch with your project's supervisor for information on when and where to meet, and for any reading material for the assignment.

Here is the presentation schedule for Thursday, December 14th. Project 1, Project 2, Project 3, Project 4, Project 5, Project 6, Project 7, Project 8, Project 10, Project 11, 


Problem set for the exercise on 3/11: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.6, 1.9, 1.11 in the book.

Problem set for the exercise on 10/11: 1.18, 2.1, 2.7, 2.8 in the book.

Problem set for the exercise on 17/11: week 3.

Problem set for the exercise on 24/11: This file contains a problem with Coulomb diamonds. Davies 6.9 and (if you have the time and patience) 6.1.

Problem set for the exercises on 1/12 and 8/12: Davies 6.5, 6.12, 6.13, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8, 3.9, 7.1, 7.3, 7.4. In problem 6.12 you should ignore the last question about the current, and in problem 7.1 you need to find an integral and you can ask the supervisors for its value. The last part of problem 7.1 is interesting but time-consuming.


The exam is 11/1 at 08.00 in Eden 025. You are allowed the book, the documents "Text on Quantum Dots" and "Optical transitions in low-dimensional structures", and a calculator on the exam. No handwritten notes are allowed.

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