School of Science


This course is part of the programme:
Materials Science

Objectives and competences

Understanding and usage of basic concepts of electronic processes in nanostructures

preparation and presentation of seminar in the field of nanostructures.

Content (Syllabus outline)

  • Semiconductor heterostructures

  • Special cases of quantum wells

  • Tunnelling transport

  • Twodimensional electron gas

  • Optical properties of quantum wells

  • Quantum dots and quantum wires

  • Single-electron transistor

  • Fabrication of electronic nanostructures

  • Intended learning outcomes

    Students will learn:

  • fundamental concepts of semiconductor heterostructures and special quantum wells

  • fundamental concepts, needed to describe low-dimensional electronic structures

  • Readings

    1. J. H. Davies, The Physics of low-dimensional semiconductors, Cambridge (1998).


    Seminar, oral exam

    Lecturer's references

    Gvido Bratina is a full professor of physics at the University of Nova Gorica.

    Selected references:

    1. PATHIPATI, Srinivasa Rao, PAVLICA, Egon, PARVEZ, Khaled, FENG, Xinliang, MÜLLEN, Klaus, BRATINA, Gvido. Graphene flakes at the SiO[sub]2/organic-semiconductor interface for high-mobility field-effect transistors. Organic electronics, ISSN 1566-1199, 2015, vol. 27, str. 221-226, ilustr., doi: 10.1016/j.orgel.2015.09.004. [COBISS.SI-ID 4056059]

    2. CHHIKARA, Manisha, PAVLICA, Egon, MATKOVIĆ, Aleksandar, BELTAOS, Angela, GAJIĆ, Radoš, BRATINA, Gvido. Pentacene on graphene : differences between single layer and bilayer. Carbon, ISSN 0008-6223. [Print ed.], 2014, vol. 69, str. 162-168, doi: 10.1016/j.carbon.2013.12.002. [COBISS.SI-ID 2987003]

    3. PATHIPATI, Srinivasa Rao, PAVLICA, Egon, SCHLIERF, Andrea, EL GEMAYEL, Mirella, SAMORÌ, Paolo, PALERMO, Vincenzo, BRATINA, Gvido. Graphene-induced enhancement of n-type mobility in perylenediimide thin films. The journal of physical chemistry. C, Nanomaterials and interfaces, ISSN 1932-7447, 2014, vol. 118, no. 43, str. 24819-24826, doi: 10.1021/jp505463v. [COBISS.SI-ID 3614971]

    4. CHHIKARA, Manisha, PAVLICA, Egon, MATKOVIĆ, Aleksandar, GAJIĆ, Radoš, BRATINA, Gvido. Effect of water layer at the SiO[sub]2/graphene interface on pentacene morphology. Langmuir, ISSN 0743-7463, 2014, vol. 30, no. 39, str. 11681-11688, doi: 10.1021/la502970q. [COBISS.SI-ID 3574011]

    5. ORGIU, Emanuele, PAVLICA, Egon, BRATINA, Gvido, et al. Optically switchable transistor via energy-level phototuning in a bicomponent organic semiconductor. Nature chemistry, ISSN 1755-4330. [Print ed.], 2012, vol. 4, no. 8, str. 675-679, doi: 10.1038/nchem.1384. [COBISS.SI-ID 2411003]

    University course code: (2FTS10)

    Year of study: 2

    Semester: 2

    Course principal:


    ECTS: 6


    • Lectures: 30 hours
    • Exercises: 30 hours
    • Individual work: 120 hours

    Course type: mandatory

    Languages: slovenian / english

    Learning and teaching methods:
    lectures, seminar