In nanophysics, structures and phenomena are studied on the length scale of a few nanometers. Here, quantum physics determines many properties of the materials, and unusual optical, magnetic, and electronic effects occur. At KIT, theoretical and experimental research is carried out in this field at various institutes. For the investigation of nanosystems, a variety of methods are applied and further developed, such as electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, and various microscopy and spectroscopy techniques. An important topic is also the fabrication and patterning of nanosystems by electron beam lithography, optical lithography or 3D nanoprinting for specific applications.

For the offered course program of the main subject nanophysics the central event is the lecture series

  • Fundamentals of Nanotechnology (I, II),

which can be supplemented with the following topics:

  • Electronic properties of solids
  • Semiconductor physics
  • Surface physics
  • Experimental biophysics

In addition, a large number of special lectures on current research topics are available:

  • Electron Microscopy
  • X-ray physics
  • Superconductor nanostructures
  • Simulation of nanoscale systems
  • Theoretical nanooptics
  • Spin transport in nanostructures
  • Nanomaterials
  • Theoretical molecular biophysics
  • Theoretical optics
  • Physics of quantum information
  • Theoretical quantum optics
  • Quantum optics at the nanoscale
  • Solid State Quantum Technology
  • Computational Photonics
  • Computational Condensed Matter Physics
  • Molecular Electronics

Likewise, a wide variety of advanced seminars on current topics are offered.

The goal of the Master's program in Nanophysics is to provide an introduction to current experimental and theoretical topics.

References of the figures shown above (from left to right): M. Kadic. et al., Appl. Phys. Lett (2012), Rieger et al., Nature Materials (2022), Rai et al., Nano Letters 20, 7600 (2020), T. Ergin. et al., Science 328, 337 (2010).