Condensed matter physics

(Silicon nanowires)

The MSc Programme in Physics/Condensed Matter Physics (see the recommended study plan below) 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 different growth and modification techniques, as well as with the structural and spectroscopic characterization of samples, and with the realization of device prototypes. Theoretical courses deal with many-body theory, correlation effects in solids and low-dimensional systems, quantum computing, phase transitions, and the interaction between radiation and matter.

Topics in this area include:

  • Physics of nanostructures: synthesis and characterization of nanocrystals and nanowires;
  • Nanostructures for photonics, generation of clean energy, environment;
  • Quantum dynamics of open systems; Quantum control and decoherence in nanosystems;
  • Quantum computing and communications;
  • Synthesis and characterization of innovative materials for photovoltaics and sensing;
  • Electronic and optical properties of graphene;
  • Si- and Ge-based materials for microelectronic.

Courses usually involve oral lessons, and often require practice in specialized laboratories. Grades are based on individual oral and/or written 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. M. G. Grimaldi, G. Falci

Condensed matter physics: recommended study plan

1° Year
Course
Teacher

 

SSD

 

TIPO
Semester
Advanced Quantum Mechanics
CASTORINA P.
FIS/02
Caratterizzante
Structure of Matter (Solid-state physics)
ANGILELLA 
G.G.N.
FIS/03
Caratterizzante
Advanced Statistical Mechanics
RAPISARDA A.
FIS/02
Affine o integrativa
Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics
BELLINI V.
FIS/04
Caratterizzante
Materials and Nanostructures Laboratory
BONINELLI S.
 
FIS/01
Caratterizzante
Semiconductors and Superconductors
PRIOLO F. & 
PALADINO E.
FIS/03
Caratterizzante
Quantum Optics /
Quantum Phases of Matters
PICCITTO G. /
AMICO L. 
FIS/02
Caratterizzante /
Opzionale
Photonics
PRIOLO F.
FIS/03
Caratterizzante
Physics of Materials
TERRASI A.
FIS/01
Affine o integrativa
Free Course
.
.
A scelta
2° Year
Spectroscopy /
Quantum Transport
REITANO R. / 
FALCI G.
FIS/03
Caratterizzante /
Opzionale
Physics of Nanostructures
GRIMALDI M.G. & 
RUFFINO F.
FIS/01
Caratterizzante
Free course 

 
       
A scelta