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Advanced Topics in Physics and Nanotechnology: Theoretical (PEN530)

Organisational Unit Chemistry and Physics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit investigates the theory behind the surface analysis methods used in materials science. The introduction deals with solid surfaces, their structure and composition and UHV basics. There is a section on analysis techniques, for example electron microscopy, sputter depth profiling, SIMS, AES, XPS, scanning probe microscopy and LEED. The final section looks at some of the applications for which these techniques can be used, such as investigating semiconductor devices and thin film analysis.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/tutorials: 1 x 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Students experience lectures on surface science analysis and techniques given by all members of the Murdoch Physics and Nanoscience academy. In this way they are learning from the experts. The unit is underpinned by an in-depth and thorough textbook which complements the weekly 2-hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial.
Assessment In this unit assessment focuses on enabling the student to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge they need to support their experimental investigation during their honours thesis. Of the four pieces of assessment the first is to build a database of analysis techniques, the second is to write a report based on the analysis of real-world data, the third consists of presenting a paper on analysis techniques pertinent to the thesis experiment and the final piece of assessment is to complete an AINSE grant application.
Prerequisites PEC231/PEN231 Modern Physics and PEC317/PEN317 Physics of Materials.
Previously 2014: PEC430
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Physics and Nanotechnology Honours (BSc(Hons))
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

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Unit Coordinator
PEN530
Dr Piotr Kowalczyk
Senior Lecturer in Physics

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6936
e: P.Kowalczyk@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.2.039 - Physical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
PEN530

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Piotr Kowalczyk
Senior Lecturer in Physics

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6936
e: P.Kowalczyk@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.2.039 - Physical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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