Quantum materials and optical nanostructures


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module builds on knowledge in the area of General physics and Electromagnetism.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The student must obtain knowledge about different types of nano- and quantum-scale components, their electronic and optical properties, and how these properties can be obtained by theoretical modeling and by optical and electronic microscopy techniques.

Learning objectives


Knowledge within the following areas

  • Electronic and optical properties of quantum and nanoscale materials
  • Electric conductivity and transport at the quantum scale and quantized conductance
  • Electric tunneling microscopy techniques and optical microscopy techniques for nano- and quantum-scale structures
  • Optical response of nanomaterials including effects due to electronic quantization
  • Different types of optical nanostructures and materials:  e.g. plasmonic nanostructures, photonic crystals and metamaterials
  • Theoretical modeling of the electronic and optical properties of nanostructures, including analytic calculation and numerical computermodeling


  • The student must be able to apply the knowledge in above mentioned areas for solving problems in said areas (analytically and numerically), and will be able to apply theories and methods related to quantum materials and optical nanostructures.


  • Based on given information the student must be able to discuss and argument using concepts from the field of quantum materials and optical nanostructures.

Type of instruction

Lectures combined with theoretical exercises.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS project module the expected workload is 150 hours for the student.



Name of examQuantum materials and optical nanostructures
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleKvantematerialer og optiske nanostrukturer
Module codeF-NFM-K2-3A
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Mechanical Engineering and Physics
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science