Condensed matter physics

(Silicon nanowires)

The MSc Programme in Physics/Condensed Matter Physics provides advanced insights into the physics of condensed matter, both experimental and theoretical, in its various aspects, ranging from atomic physics, to solid-state physics, and nanotechnologies. Experimental courses are mainly concerned with the study of different growth and modification methodologies of materials, advanced spectroscopic and structural characterization techniques and the realization of prototype devices. The specialized theoretical investigation is focused on different aspects of condensed state physics, radiation-matter interaction and quantum technologies.

Topics in this area include:

  • Physics of nanostructures: synthesis and characterization of metal and semiconductor nanocrystals and nanowires for applications in the field of photovoltaics, catalysis and sensors;
  • Quantum dynamics of open systems; Quantum control and decoherence in nanosystems;
  • Quantum computing and communications;
  • New materials: synthesis and characterization of films for the realization of optical amplifiers;
  • Growth of graphene and study of its electronic and optical properties;
  • Si- and Ge-based materials for microelectronic;
  • Quantum Technologies: physics of quantum computation and communication;
  • Coherent nanosystems and their dynamics: quantum control and phase transitions.

Courses usually involve oral lessons, and often require practice in specialized laboratories. Grades are based on individual oral and laboratory examinations, and on a final thesis project.

Students should be able to apply their knowledge and understanding to the main results of condensed matter physics and nanotechnology. They should be able to master ideas and concepts ranging from basic physics to its technological applications. This is aimed to a high-level scientific approach, to be exploited within both publicly and privately funded research in the areas of nano- and bio-technologies, and of the physics of novel materials. Specifically, students should be able to plan and realize novel experiments, and develop advanced theoretical models for the description of phenomena inherent to condensed matter systems.

Coordinators: Proff. E. Paladino, R. Reitano