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Jo˛ef Stefan
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 477 31 00
Fax: +386 1 477 31 10


Course Description

Electrical, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Nanomaterials


Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies, third-level study programme


prof. dr. Christoph Gadermaier


Students will acquire an overview of the electron theory, band theory, electrical and optical properties of materials and their exploitation, magnetic properties and the use of oxide and metallic magnetic materials. This way, they will become acquainted with a wide range of material properties, they will understand what these properties depend on and how we exploit them and tailor them for particular applications. They will be acquainted with the use of optical spectroscopic methods for the characterization of materials and application in photonics.


Electrical properties: electronic components (contacts, connections, diodes, transistors, quantum effect using elements).
Optical properties: electromagnetic theory, the basics and relevance of optical properties, interaction of light with matter, spectral measurements and their relevance, optical components.
Magnetic properties: the basic concept of magnetism, magnetic phenomena in materials, application.
Modern methods of optical spectroscopy, optical components and integrated optical circuits in photonics.

Course literature:

The latest articles from scientific journals.

Charles Kittel, " Introduction to Solid State Physics"
M. Dressel, G. Grüner, " Electrodynamics of Solids"
Peter Y. Yu, Manuel Cardona. “Fundamentals of Semiconductors - Physics and Material Properties.”
David Jiles, " Introduction to Magnetism and Magnetic Materials"
W. Demtröder, “Laser spectroscopy”
Klaus J. Bachmann, " The Materials Science of Microelectronics"

Significant publications and references:

KUSAR P., KABANOV V.V., SUGAI, S., DEMSAR J.m, MERTELJ T., MIHAILOVIC, D., Controlled vaporization of the superconducting condensate in cuprate superconductors by femtosecond photoexcitation, Phys. Rev. Lett. (2008).

DEMSAR, J., GOZAR, A., THORSMOLLE, V.K., TAYLOR, A. J., BOZOVIC, I. Long-lived near-infrared photoinduced absorption in LaSrAlO4 excited with visible light. Phys. Rev. B 76, 054304 (2007).

DEMSAR, J., THORSMOLLE, V.K., SARRAO, J.L., TAYLOR, A.J., Photoexcited electron dynamics in Kondo insulators and heavy fermions. Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 037401 (2006).

KABANOV V.V., DEMSAR J. , MIHAILOVIC D., Kinetics of a Superconductor Excited with a Femtosecond Optical Pulse, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 147002 (2005).

DEMSAR, J, AVERITT R.D., TAYLOR A. J., KABANOV, V.V., KANG W. N., KIM, H. J., CHOI E.M., LEE, S. I.,Pair-breaking and superconducting state recovery dynamics in MgB2, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91 , 267002 (2003).

DEMSAR, Jure, KABANOV, Viktor V. Quasiparticle relaxation dynamics in heavy fermion compounds. Phys. Rev.Lett. 91, 027401 (2003).

DEMSAR, J., BILJAKOVIC K., MIHAILOVIC D. Single Particle and Collective Excitations in the One-Dimensional Charge Density Wave Solid K0.3MoO3 Probed in Real Time by Femtosecond Spectroscopy. Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 800 (1999).


Type (examination, oral, coursework, project):
• seminar and oral exam

Students obligations:

• seminar and oral exam