14 students


Here are the action items:

  1. Choose a mesoscopic phenomena.
  2. Email me your choice by  !!!1st of November!!! 
  3. Once you get an OK from me, send me an outline of your paper. !!! Due 15th of November!!!
  4. Write a review paper. It should be extremely comprehensive. I expect a minimum 3000 word (approximately 5 pages) paper with proper citations and figures. !!!DUE 15th of December!!!
  5. Prepare a 10 minute long presentation regarding your subject. We will schedule it at the end of the semester. (Probably we will do it on December 25th)

Feel free to choose any topic you like. But please beware that I am after a review paper! So it should include contemporary research on the subject as well as the basics. For instance a paper on the Quantum Hall Effect should start from the predictions of Ando, Matsumoto and Uemura to the first experiments of von Klitzing to the observation of QHE in graphene. First come first serve! I will assign a particular topic to a single person only.

Evaluation of the Projects

The total 100 points will be composed of

  • 10 points from the outline
  • 50 points from the paper
  • 30 points from the presentation
  • 10 points from the participation during the presentation

Project Topics:

Soheil Ershad – Josephson Effect in Mesoscopic Systems

Farhan Ali – Quantum Dots

Sina Foroutan – Quantum superposition and entanglement of mesoscopic plasmons

Mirali Jahangirzadeh –  Spintronics and spiny systems

Sina Gholizadeh – Topological Insulators

Şahmurat Kazak – Mesoscopic phenomena in carbon nanotubes

Muhammed Bilgin – Thermal conductivity in mesoscopic materials

Ali Sherazi – Single electron transistor

Merve Üstünçelik – Mesoscopic physics in 2D superlattices

Homework & Solutions

Quizzes & Solutions

Midterms & Solutions

MT1- Average 62.34, Std. Dev. 19.72, Median 67 with 88 top, 32 lowest grade.

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 (12%)
    • There will be weekly quizzes
  • Homework (15%)
    • 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 (13%)
    • One project that studies a mesoscopic phenomenon in detail.


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.

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