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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PHYS5360M Quantum Transport in Nanostructures

15 creditsClass Size: 12

Module manager: Prof C H Marrows

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Knowledge of condensed matter physics equivalent to PHYS2310 (Physics 4- Quantum and Nuclear Physics) and PHYS3394 (Quantum Matter).

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective


By the end of the module students should be able to:

- describe in detail of some of the current active areas of quantum transport and nanotechnology
- describe of the links between the topics and to the wider fields of condensed matter physics
- read and appreciate research papers published in the leading peer-reviewed journals
- collect, organise, review and, present, in written or oral form, complex technical or scientific information.

Learning outcomes
Demonstrate an understanding of most fundamental laws and principles of physics, along with their application to a variety of areas in physics, some of which are at (or are informed by) the forefront of the discipline;
Solve advanced problems in physics using appropriate mathematical tools;
Use mathematical techniques and analysis to model physical behaviour and interpret mathematical descriptions of physical phenomena;
Communicate complex scientific ideas concisely, accurately and informatively;
Manage own learning and make use of appropriate texts, research articles and other primary sources.

Skills outcomes
Finding, synthesising, and presenting research information in Physics.


The students will study topics based on a selection of recent and exciting papers in high impact peer-reviewed journals about the quantum transport properties of mesoscopic devices and heterostructures.

Typical topics might include carbon nanotubes, the Quantum Hall Effect, Andreev reflection, quantum point contacts, weak localisation, spin injection, molecular electronics, ballistic electron emission microscopy, single electron devices, and the Coulomb blockade.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours133.00
Total Contact hours17.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Preparation and reading: 133 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

5 x oral presentations over 1 semester plus appraisals.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportWritten report on one of the topics25.00
Presentation5 x seminar presentations - 15% each75.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 08/03/2019


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