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Solid State Physics



At WFU, our graduate curriculum in nanosciences is integrated into the curriculum of the PhD. course in Physics, Chemistry, or Biomedical Engineering.  This allows the student to preserve the rigor and career path of the more traditional degree course while building a foundation in the emerging fields of nanoscience.  Our “nano” course offerings focus on the core concepts of nanocharacterization, and nanomaterials.  Through our field-integrated approach graduate students together with their advisors can tailor their educational and research experiences in Nanoscience to suit their interests. 

PHYS 692 (spring) - Advanced Imaging - Electron Microscopy (1.5 hours)

An introductory course covering basic microscope design, setup, and alignment.  Imaging modes: Z-contrast, Dark-field, bright-field, and HRTEM together with diffraction methods are covered.  The course is accompanied by a set of lab exercises.  Taught only in the spring semester.

PHYS 691 (fall) - Surface Analysis (1.5 hours)

An introductory course on laboratory surface analysis techniques.  Basic vacuum technique, Auger, XPS/UPS, SIMS, LEED, and RBS is covered together with depth profiling and chemical bonding analysis.  EXAFS and EELS will also be introduced.  This course has a lab associated with it.


PHYS 692 (spring) - Advanced Imaging - Scanning Probes (1.5 hours)

This introductory course in scanning probes will focus on atomic force microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy.  Spectroscopic techniques will be discussed.  This course has a lab component. 

PHYS 691 (fall) - Introduction to NanoMaterials (1.5 hours)

A basic introduction to the synthesis and chemistry of nanoparticles.  

(New) Kinetics -

A follow on course to standard thermodynamics focusing on kinetics of phase formation.

These courses are taught yearly at the NanoCenter at 501 Deacon Blvd.