Modern Physics and Applications in Electrical Engineering

Course Description

Objective of the course is to provide a review of modern physics (physics of the 20th century) and to provide a link between classical and quantum views of reality. Modern concepts in physics, especially quantum physics, had a major impact on electronics and today there is a multitude of applications (and devices) that are based on these concepts. Therefore, the objective of this course to elaborate basic concepts in modern physics - from macroscopic to microscopic approaches, and to treat some of the applications in microwave and optical frequency regime (lasers, structures for guiding and directing elektromagnetic waves, optical fibers, periodic structures, new artificial materials based on metamaterial concept, plasmonic and nano-electromagnetic systems).

General Competencies

Knowledge of various topics in physics and engineering in research, development and design of electronic devices.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Relate different areas of morden physics
  2. Explain the principles of quantum physics
  3. Apply the principles of quantum physics in simple examples
  4. Relate principles of modern physics and innovative technology
  5. Explain basic principles of EM metamterials in RF and THz regimee
  6. Explain basic principles of nanoelectromagentics, plasmonic and graphene structures

Forms of Teaching

Lectures

Lectures in2 cycles of 7 and 6 weeks

Seminars

Seminars

Other Forms of Group and Self Study

Discussions

Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Seminar/Project 0 % 70 % 0 % 0 %
Final Exam: Oral 30 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Introduction     
  2. An overview of macroscopic physics
  3. Transition to the microscopic physics
  4. Simple applications of quantum mechanics
  5. Electromagnetic field and Schrödinger equation
  6. Magnetism and quantum mechanics
  7. Quantum mechanics and optics
  8. Mid-term exam
  9. Antennas - structures for directing electromagnetic waves
  10. Structures for guiding electromagnetic waves
  11. Quantum mechanics and optical communications
  12. Electromagnetic metamaterials - artificial crystal structures
  13. Terahertz electromagnetic systems - a combination of classical electromagnetism and quantum physics
  14. Plasmonic and nano-electromagnetic systems 
  15. Presentation of seminar project

Study Programmes

University undergraduate
Computer Engineering (module)
Courses for exceptionally successful students (6. semester)
Computer Science (module)
Courses for exceptionally successful students (6. semester)
Computing (study)
Courses for exceptionally successful students (4. semester)
Control Engineering and Automation (module)
Courses for exceptionally successful students (6. semester)
Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (study)
Courses for exceptionally successful students (4. semester)
Electrical Power Engineering (module)
Courses for exceptionally successful students (6. semester)
Electronic and Computer Engineering (module)
Courses for exceptionally successful students (6. semester)
Electronics (module)
Courses for exceptionally successful students (6. semester)
Information Processing (module)
Courses for exceptionally successful students (6. semester)
Software Engineering and Information Systems (module)
Courses for exceptionally successful students (6. semester)
Telecommunication and Informatics (module)
Courses for exceptionally successful students (6. semester)
Wireless Technologies (module)
Courses for exceptionally successful students (6. semester)

Literature

B. Schumacher and M. Westmoreland (2010.), Quantum Processes Systems and Information, Cambridge Univ. Press
J . W. Rohlf (1994.), Modern Physics from Alpha to Z, Wiley
N. Engheta, R. Ziolkowski (editors) (2006.), Metamaterials, Physics and Engineering Exploarations, Wiley
J. D. Joannopoulos, S.G. Johnson, J.N. Winn, R.D. Meade (2008.), Photonic Crystals, Molding the flow of light, Princeton University Press
Y. B. Band (2006.), Light and Matter, Electromagnetism, Optics, Spectroscopy and Lasers, Wiley

General

ID 90097
  Summer semester
6 ECTS
L0 English Level
L1 e-Learning
60 Lectures
0 Exercises
0 Laboratory exercises
0 Project laboratory

Grading System

89 Excellent
76 Very Good
63 Good
50 Acceptable