Physics of the New Materials


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General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Cristina Gomes da Silva, Gregoire Marie Jean Bonfait


Weekly - 2

Total - 14

Teaching language



First cycle

Solid State Physics


Casquilho, J.P e Cortez Teixeira P.I.., Introdução à Física Estatística,  IST Press, Coleção Ensino da Ciência e da Tecnologia (2011)


Slides/Notes of Prof. Bonfait

Teaching method

Lectures and problem-solving sessions

Evaluation method

3 tests

To get approval  (scale 0 – 20)


1 – Attendance/Frequency: In each component at least 3/4 of the lectures

For former student: the frequency obtained last year is still valid for this year


2 – AND:


1) Final grade:  average of the three components ³ 10.

2) Minimum grade in at least 2 components  ³ 10. No component < 8

3) The grade obtained in each component  (by assessment or in final exam) remains valid for this scholar year for the calls of final exams (Recurso-”Last resort” or Especial-”Special”). In principle will be not valid for the next academic years.

4) If not approved by the average of the three assessments, then the final exams (Recurso-”Last resort” or Especial-”Special”) are restricted to the components with grade < 10.


Approved – Applying for higher grade – Melhoria de nota

The students approved by the average of the three assessments, may apply for higher grade – by oficial registration/application in CLIP. The exam will be in the call Recurso-”Last resort”.

Subject matter

Module - Physics of Low/reduced-dimensional systems

1. Electronic structure of 0D, 1D and 2D near valence and conductions bands.
2. The concept of electronic sub-bands.
3. Joint density of states 0D, 1D and 2D.
4. Representatives systems of quantum dots; wells, nanowires, graphene and related 2D systems; C60, CNTs, graphene and related 2D systems.


Physics of Liquid Crystals

- Liquid-crystalline phases
- Curvature elasticity and nematodynamics
- Technological applications
- Analogues and analogies based on liquid crystals


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