Micro and Nano-scopy

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14 Weeks

Semester DD


Course details

Introduction to Science and Technology at the nanoscale. Techniques for Ultra High Vacuum and Surface Structure of Solid Surfaces . Main physical processes involved when a charged particle or radiation interact with matter.
Scanning Probe Microscopy : in particular Scanning Tunnel Microscopy (STM) in Vacuum and in liquid (EC_STM ) and Atomic Force Microscopy . We have identified the theoretical principles, the experimental apparatus and the analysis of data.
Electron Microscopy : in particular transmission (TEM ) and scanning (SEM).
Modern techniques of lithography at the nanoscale , such as nanolithography and self assembling.
For each experimental technique the following topics are focused: theoretical principles, experimental apparatus, data analysis and quantitative information inferred.


This course aims to provide an in-depth knowledge of the most suitable experimental techniques for studying the properties of new materials on a nanometric scale with special reference to modern microscopy techniques.
The course includes: theoretical lessons and practical lessons in different laboratories to deepen the knowledge of the most important experimental instrumentation for the structural and electronic characterization of materials.

Students must gain in-depth knowledge of the main matter properties on the nanometer scale and of the main investigation techniques sensitive to this scale. The verification of the students' learning outcomes is carried out through an oral exam and the production of written reports describing the experimental activity carried out at the research laboratories collaborating in the course.