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Francesco ROSSELLA

Ricercatore t.d. art. 24 c. 3 lett. B
Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche, Informatiche e Matematiche sede ex-Fisica

Insegnamento: Laboratory of Condensed Matter Physics

Physics - Fisica (D.M.270/04) (Offerta formativa 2022)

Obiettivi formativi

The course prepares the students for the experimental research in the physics and technology of nanostructures and nanomaterials.
The course aims at providing the students:
- the knowledge of selected experimental methods and techniques used in in state-of–the-art nanodevice physics and engineering,
- the ability to design, set up and perform the experimental study of devices and materials at the micro and nanoscale,
- the ability to present and discuss, both in written and oral form, the results of an experimental research,
- the ability to search for the relevant literature and exploit it to design the experimental investigation.


Knowledge of structure of matter.
Basic knowledge of condensed matter physics.
Knowledge of the basic properties of bulk semiconductors. Mechanisms of radiation-matter interaction.

Programma del corso

60 h. - 6 CFU

Basic principles and of selected techniques in experimental condensed matter physics and physics of nanostructures, e.g., scanning electron microscopy (SEM) imaging, energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, Raman and micro-Raman spectroscopy, transport spectroscopy, magneto-transport, cryogenics, atomic force microscopy (AFM).
20h. - 2 CFU

Material grown and device fabrication at the nanoscale.
20h. - 2 CFU

Cases of study: III-V semiconductor nanowires, 2D materials.
- Imaging of nanomaterials and nanodevices with SEM, EDX, micro-Raman, AFM
- Electronic and heat transport in nanodevices based on individual semiconductor nanowires.
20h. - 2 CFU

Metodi didattici

Class lectures and experiments, performed under the supervision of the course teacher and lab technicians using facilities available in research laboratories at FIM Department including “Centro Interdipartimentale Grandi Strumenti”.

Testi di riferimento

lecture slides

S. Datta, Electronic Transport in Mesoscopic Systems, Cambridge University Press

D.K. Ferry and S.M. Goodnick, Transport in Nanostructures, Cambridge Press (1999)

J.H. Davies, The Physics of Low-dimensional semiconductors, Cambridge Press (2000).

Verifica dell'apprendimento

Oral presentation and discussion of a research paper assigned by the teacher.
Preparation of a written dissertation on two experiments realized during the course, oral discussion of the dissertation.

Risultati attesi

Knowledge and understanding.
At the end of the course the students would know the basic working principle of selected experimental techniques in physics of nanostructures.

Applying knowledge and understanding.
At the end of the course the students would be able to set up and perform experiments to investigate properties of devices and materials at the micro- and nanoscale.

Making judgements.
At the end of the course the student should be able to critically analise the results of their investigation and devise further experiments.

Communicating skills.
At the end of the course students would be able to write clear, rigorous and concise report on experimental activities, to present and discuss orally the results of their investigations in the style of contributed conference talks.

Learning skills.
At the end of the course students would be able to start from research literature to devise their own experimental investigation.