Modern Physics Methods in Electrical Engineering, Computing, and Information Technology

  • Class 60
  • Practice 13
  • Independent work 77
Total 150

Course title

Modern Physics Methods in Electrical Engineering, Computing, and Information Technology

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Lecturers and associates

Course objectives

Solving simple quantum mechanics systems.
Uncertainty relations in quantum physics.
Tunnel effect, thick and thin barrier.
Particle in a potential well.
Material analysis using characteristic X-rays and gamma-photons; radiation detectors and spectra.
Detector resolution, computing tomography (CT) and PET.
Image formation by the magnetic resonance (MRI); flip of nuclei.
Midterm exam.
Classical Hall effect and related quantum phenomenology.
Microscopic theory of superconductivity.
Technologies of superconducting materials.
Accelerators and synchrotron radiation; research channels (undulators) and applications.
Nanotechnology; applications in electronics and IT.
Compatibility of methods of modern particle physics with new technology and techniques.
Final exam.

Required reading

(.), Tomislav Petković: Eksperimentalna fizika i spoznajna teorija, Postskriptum, 3.prom.izd., Školska knjiga, Zagreb, 2011.,
(.), Tomislav Petković: Moderne metode fizike u elektrotehnici i informacijskoj tehnologiji, digitalno dop. izd., Zavod za primijenjenu, FER, Zagreb 2013. ,
(.), 1. Quantum mechanics: an accessible introduction, R. J. Scherrer, Pearson Addison Wesley, San Francisco, 2006.,(.), 2. SUPERCONDUCTIVITY: A Very Short Introduction, S. Blundell, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009.,
(.), 3. Radiation Detection and Measurement, 4th edition, G. F. Knoll J. Wiley and Sons, New York, 2010.,
(.), 4. L.I. Schiff, QUANTUM MECHANICS, McGraw-Hill Book Company, 3rd edition, 1968.,

Minimal learning outcomes

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