M. Sc. (Physics):Liquid Crystals:Physics of Nanomaterials

Thapar University
In Patiala

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  • Master
  • Patiala

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Thapar University P.O Box 32, 147004, Punjab, India
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Course programme

First Semester

Classical Mechanics
Statistical Mechanics
Quantum Mechanics
Mathematical Physics
Physics Lab I
Fundamentals of Computer Science and C Programming

Second Semester

Condensed Matter Physics
Experimental Techniques in Physics
Atomic and Molecular Physics
Physics Lab II

Third Semester

Particle Physics
Nuclear Physics
Semiconductor Physics
Physics Lab III

Fourth Semester


Physics of Nanomaterials

Introductory Aspects: Free electron theory and its features, Idea of band structure - metals, insulators and semiconductors. Density of state in bands and its variation with energy, Effect of crystal size on density of states and band gap. Examples of nanomaterials.

Quantum Dots: Electron confinement in infinitely deep square well, Confinement in one and two-dimensional wells, Idea of quantum well structure, quantum dots – single and interacting quantum dots, self organized quantum dots.

Preparation of Nanomaterials: Bottom up: Cluster beam evaporation, Ion beam deposition, Chemical bath deposition; Top down: Ball Milling, Lithography.

General Characterization Techniques: Determination of particle size, study of texture and microstructure, Increase in x-ray diffraction peaks of nanoparticles, Shift in photo luminescence peaks, Raman and FTIR spectroscopy of nanomaterials, Photoemission microscopy, SEM, TEM.

Other Nanomaterials: Properties and applications of Carbon nanotubes and nano fibres, Nanosized metal particles, Nanostructured polymers, Nano structured films and Nano structured semiconductors.

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