2 students

Course Description

When a particular quantity of a system under study becomes comparable or smaller than a relevant correlation length, the system shows vastly different properties than its macroscopic counterpart. For instance, when electronic mean free path becomes smaller than the Fermi wavelength in solids, the wave character of the electrons become important and starts governing the materials properties. Mesoscopic solid-state systems become growingly important in the last 30 years as the miniaturization of electronic components happen at an exponential rate. This course aims to introduce such systems where the quantities in solid state systems become smaller than the relevant correlation lengths particularly in nanoscale materials.

Catalog Description 

Introduction to Mesoscopic Solid-State Physics; What is Mesoscale; Electronic transport in solids; Transport in ballistic, diffusive and quantum transport; metal-insulator transition; Quantum Hall Effect; Quantum objects; Electronic Phase Coherence; Single Electron Tunneling; Superconductivity; Experimental methods; Cryogenics; Electronic Measurements 

Recommended Text

  • Thomas Heinzel, Mesoscopic Electronics in Solid State Nanostructures Wiley-VCH
  • Yoseph Imry, Introduction to Mesoscopic Physics Oxford

Course Assignments (Impacts on the Grading)

  • Quizzes (10%)
    • There will be weekly quizzes
  • Homework (20%)
    • There will be bi-weekly homework.
  • Midterm Tests (35%)
    • There will be two midterm tests.
  • Final Test (25%)
    • There will be a final test during the finals week.
  • Project (10%)
    • One project that studies a mesoscopic phenomenon in detail.


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Dr. Kasırga got his Ph.D. from the University of Washington on experimental solid state physics. He attended lectures of world-renowned physicists such as Nobel laureate Prof. David Thouless, Prof. Arkady Levanyuk and Boris Spivak on solid state physics.