Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2017/18
Technologies for Nanoscience
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Physical Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Lamberti Andrea   RB FIS/03 37 8 15 10 3
SSD CFU Activities Area context
E - Per prova finale e conoscenza della lingua straniera
A - Di base
Per la prova finale
Fisica e chimica
Subject fundamentals
Aim of the course (2nd semester, 3rd year) is to provide the students with the tools needed for the knowledge of the process and manipulation technologies, of production and characterization techniques of some cklasses of advanced materials and nanomateruiials applied to the areas of optics, photonics, sensors, energy and in the sector of ICTs.
The course is divided in three sections: in the first one, the fundamental aspects of the optimization of typical environments of growth/manipulation technologies and of material preparation techniques are discussed, with particular emphasis to thin film growth; in the second section, the students are taught basic elements of characterization techniques of various materials, and learn the fundamental tools to study structural and morphologic properties at the micro/nanometric scale. In the third section, the students get introductory information about manipulation and processing techniques of materials and surfaces at the micro/nanometric scale.
The knowledge transmitted by this course provides the students with a background helpful to follow many of the lectures of all MSc programs where students of Physical Engineering can enroll without debts after graduation.
The transmitted abilities mostly concern the preparation through physical routes and the subsequent characterization of artificial materials for use in the areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
Expected learning outcomes
The knowledge transmitted by the course to students involves:

- the preparation of special environments for high-tech processing
- physical methods for the preparation of materials for high-tech applications.
- techniques of manipulation and processing of materials and surfaces down to the sub-micrometric scale.

The transmitted abilities include:

- the application of characterization techniques to materials and surfaces.
- the optimization of artificial materials for use in nanosciences.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
The students must know all the subjects of Elementary Physics (mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, wave optics, elements of structure of matter), quantum mechanics, the Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein statistical distributions, solid-state physics, electronic devices..

The abilities a student must have include applying the principles of quantum, statistical and solid state physics to simple and complex systems; and integrating the concepts of Physics with electronic device engineering.
Technologies for the preparation of vacuum and of environments for high-tech processes (1,2 cr)
Basics of cryogenics (2.3 cr)
Technologies for material growth and for thin film production. Techniques of surface modification. Elements of techniques for the characterization of materials and surfaces. Analysis of structural properties and microscopy techniques. Techniques of manipulation and processing of materials and surfaces.
(2,5 cr)
Delivery modes
Class exercises include simple problem solving activities, with strict connections to theoretical lectures. In some cases scientific calculators (students' personal property) may be required.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Learning material provided by teachers.
Assessment and grading criteria
The exam is oral. The oral proof lasts 15-20 mins. and is about all subjects treated in lectures. Students will also have to produce reports on their activity in labs; these, once evaluated, will concur up to 2 additional points in the final score. Each student will have to do the in-depth study of a specific subjact previously agreed with the teacher, and will have to discuss it during the oral proof, in order to get the additional credit attached to the final proof (code 26IBNOD).

The course is usually held by three teachers, respectively responsible for the vacuum technologies section, the cryogenics section, and the preparation, characterization and processing section. The teachers strictly cooperate in establishing the time schedule and the lab activity in order to provide the students with a coherent teaching programme.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2016/17

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