Modern Physics Methods in Electrical Engineering and Computing

Course Description

Conceptual bridges from classical physics to quantum physics, particle-wave dualism, basic notions. Derive of 1D Schrödinger equation. Tunnel effect, electron in a potential well, WBK method. Methods of analysis of materials based on the characteristic X-rays and gamma-photons. Detectors of radiation, applications and resolutions. Computed tomography and PET technique. Basic quantum-mechanical description of the properties of conductors and semiconductors. Effective mass of electron and holes. Hall effect and quantum Hall effect. Low temperature superconductivity, basic pictures of the BCS theory, quantization of magnetic flux, Josephson junction and magnetometer. Methods of synchrotron light beams and nanotechnologies.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain events and concepts of quantum systems
  2. Identify quantum mechanics to elementary processes and radiation detectors
  3. Distinguish quantum conductivity of metals, semiconductors, and apparatus.
  4. Explain Hall efect
  5. Describe superconductivity of the BCS theory versus High temperature superconductivity materials
  6. Explain magnetism in quantum theory
  7. Explain synchrotron light in nanophysics

Forms of Teaching


The examples are solved during the lectures.

Seminars and workshops

Seminar is mandatory.

Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Seminar/Project 0 % 20 % 0 % 20 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 0 % 40 % 0 %
Final Exam: Written 0 % 40 %
Exam: Written 0 % 80 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Transition from classical to quantum physics. Uncertainty relations in quantum physics.
  2. Experimental basis of quantum physics. Solving simple quantum mechanics systems.
  3. Wave function. One-dimensional Schrödinger equation.
  4. Particle in a potential well. Tunnel effect (thick and thin barrier).
  5. Material analysis using characteristic X-rays and gamma-photons. Radiation detectors and spectra.
  6. Detector resolution. Computing tomography (CT) and positron emission tomography (PET).
  7. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
  8. Midterm exam
  9. Classical Hall effect and related quantum phenomenology
  10. Microscopic theory of superconductivity
  11. Technologies of superconducting materials
  12. Accelerators and synchrotron radiation.
  13. Fundamentals of nanotechnology.
  14. Methods of modern particle physics and new technologies
  15. Final exam

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Dubravko Horvat (2011.), Fizika II, Neodidacta, Zagreb
Vladimir Knapp, Petar Colić (1990.), Uvod u električna i magnetska svojstva materijala, Školska knjiga, Zagreb
David J. Griffiths, Darrell F. Schroeter (2018.), Introduction to quantum mechanics, Cambridge University Press
Stephen J. Blundell (2009.), SUPERCONDUCTIVITY: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, Oxford
Glenn F. Knoll (2010.), Radiation Detection and Measurement, 4th edition, John Wiley & Sons, New York

For students


ID 183403
  Winter semester
L1 English Level
L1 e-Learning
30 Lectures
5 Seminar
0 Exercises
0 Laboratory exercises
0 Project laboratory

Grading System

85 Excellent
70 Very Good
60 Good
50 Sufficient