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FFFN35 - Physics of low-dimensional structures and quantum devices

Course info fall 2019

UPDATE 2019-12-18: Reports are now posted below. You should read the project reports before the seminar in order to enjoy it better. The schedule for the symposium on December 19th is now available.

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

Note: Before the labs you should gather in k-space (Q179) at the Berzelius laboratory, the Q-building. It is the big seminar and meeting room. On Tuesday 12/11 I will bring the lablists to the lecture so you can sign up for the labs. The Coulomb-lab will be in week 48 and the PLE-lab in week 49.

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)

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.

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

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

Material about band gaps

Slides on resonant tunneling

Computer exercise

On Friday, 15/11, there will be a compulsory computer exercise at 08.15 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.

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 50. Presentation on Dec. 19 at 13.15 in K:404.

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

Project reports are now available: Project 1, Project 2, Project 3, Project 4, Project 5, Project 6, Project 7, Project 8, Project 9.


Problem set for the exercise on 8/11: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.6, 1.9, 1.11 in the book.

Problem set for the exercise on 15/11: 1.18, 2.1, 2.7, 2.8 in the book.

Problem set for the exercise on 22/11: week 3.

Problem set for the exercise on 29/11: 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 6/12 and 13/12: 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 16/1 at 08.00 in Sparta B. 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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