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last update 2017-02-16

Courses in the Linnaeus Graduate School

Nanoscience and Quantum Engineering


The list of courses includes new courses within the Linnaeus

programme, as well as some existing courses  that are highly




Invitation to workshop, June 7-8,2017: Scientific Writing and Publishing with Impact

Course Leader: Dr Dan Csontos.


The workshop provides effective writing and publishing strategies on how to maximize the impact of your research. One feature of the course is that you will have the opportunity to receive individual in-depth feedback and editing of an abstract (300 words maximum, to be submitted as soon as possible after receiving the course acceptance email, and no later than April 7). The workshop is led by Dr Dan Csontos – science writer, editor and publishing consultant at Elevate Scientific and former science editor with Nature and Nature Physics, as well as former freelance editor with Nature Communications. The workshop will be open for both PhD students, postdocs and senior researchers. The number of places is limited and the workshop has been very popular so do not hesitate if you want to join - register today! Last day for registration: 10 March 2017. Register on



Oral communication course (1.5 hp)

13-15, March 2017

Course Leader: Sten Erici.


The number of participants is limited to 12.The course will be given in English and gives 1.5 hp for full participation. Students who want to participate the course can sign up for the course by sending an e-mail to Katarina Lindqvist:



Workshop “Science writing and publishing with impact” (3 hp)

13-14, June 2016, room Hollywood at LTH Kårhuset

Course Leader: Dan Csontos, Elevate Scientific AB.


The workshop will cover the following topics:


1. Making an impact.

2. Elements of a great paper.

3. Writing with structure and flow.

4. From lab to journal


In addition you can get individual feedback on one of your own abstracts. The course location is room Hollywood at LTH Kårhuset, John Ericssons väg 3. The course will start at 8:30 both days for those participants who have been accepted.



Leadership, Teams and Development (3 hp)

Oct 28-29, Nov 26 2014

Course Leader: Thomas Sewerin


The course will be given October 28-29, 2014 at Flädie (just outside Lund), with a follow-up day at November 26th. In addition to these three days (9-17), you will write a small report (before November 19th). The contains the following parts:


1. Leadership. To lead researchers and to be a member of research team. To lead learning.

2. Groups and team dynamics, development of teams, tensions and conflicts and how to solve them. Efficient team work.

3. Coaching/supervising. Methods to coach and develop others. The art of listening. To design learning processes. Difference between manager/leader/supervisor.


Sign up by sending a mail to: Katarina Lindqvist

The number of participants is limited to 18.



Many Body Physics (10 hp + optional 3 hp)

March 10 2014

Course responsible: Claudio Verdozzi


Meeting place: Starts March 10th 15.00-17.00 in seminar room F, Mathematical Physics. This is a comprehensive course covering the basis of different many-body methods and ideas of interest including:


1. Second quantization

2. Time-dependence, equations of motion

3. Time ordering and contours

4. One-, two-, many-particle Green's function

5. More about the one-particle Green's function

6. The T=0 formalism in more detail & pertubation theory

7. The T>0 formalism in more detail & pertubation theory

8. The functional derivative technique

9. Linear responce theory: general aspects

10. Special/optional: Seminar/Self-study (3 hp)



Computational Thermodynamics: CALPHAD method

10-11 April 2014

Lecturers: Prof. Bo Sundman (KTH, Sweden and INSTN – CEA Saclay, France) and Dr. Suzana G. Fries (Ruhr-Universitat, Germany)


CALPHAD (Calculation of Phase Diagrams) is a powerful method for calculating the phase equilibria of an unmeasured system using the equilibrium behaviour of known systems. The course will cover topics including: modeling materials systems, crystal structure and modeling Gibbs energy, how to model defects, calculating phase equilibria and phase diagrams, DFT calculations and CALPHAD, and applications and phase field simulations.

Space in the course is limited to 12 persons.

Contact: Masoomeh Ghasemi



Group Theory (7.5 hp) NEW!!

Spring 2014

Course responsible: Ferdi Aryasetiawan


More information on this course will be available soon.



Oral Communication (1.5 hp)

4-6 November 2013

Lecturer: Sten Erici (SELT, Lund)


This course is given to provide students with the tools needed to deliver well structured and well developed presentations on both familiar and unfamiliar topics. Several speaking and listening techniques are covered, as well as individual presentations given by the students on their own research areas.




Date: October 22 2013, Time: 9:00-17:00


This one day course will be a general introduction to Comsol in the morning session with a focus on the AC-DC and Semiconductor toolboxes given in the afternoon. No credits will be given for this course.



Quantitative Modelling of Quantum Processes in Semiconductor Hetero-structures (2 p)

30 Sept-15 Oct 2013

Lecturer: Gerald Bastard (ENS, Paris)


The course shall outline the modelling of electron states in semiconductor nanostructures and discuss electron kinetics for electric and optical devices.

Contact: Andreas Wacker


The Art and Science of Writing Project Applications (9 hp)

Spring 2013

Introductory Meeting: 19th March, 13:15-16:00, in lecture hall H530, at Fysicum


The course is especially given for members of the the Linnaeus and ADMIRE graduate student research schools but also open to other colleagues/students. To sign up for the course, please join the introductory meeting.


The aim of this course is to give insight into how a successful scientific project application is written and provide practical experience on how to do this. The focus is on project applications for researchers early in their career.


The course will include the following four parts:

Part 1: Introduction.

Part 2: Assessment of previously written granted project applications.

Part 3: Writing of your own project application.

Part 4: Evaluation of the project applications written within this course.


Please contact Maria Messing for more information about the course.



Weak Measurement of Solid-State Qubits

Sept 2012

Prof. Alexander N. Korotkov 

Meeting Dates: 11-19th September, in meeting room C511, Block C5 in MC2


Alexander N. Korotkov, Professor at University of California, Riverside, USA, will give a series of lectures, at Chalmers University. The course is open to PhD students, advanced master students, junior researchers, and all interested in the subject. The aim of the course is to give an introduction and first-hand information on recent research and advances in understanding of quantum measurements. Please contact Vitaly Shumeiko for more information about the course. Costs for attending can be covered by Linnaeus Graduate School, please send a short application specifying costs to Sven Åberg.


Quantum Transport in Meso- and Nanoscopic Systems (1 + 1 hp)

Spring 2012, (MF)

Prof. Philippe Jacquod 

Meeting Dates: 15-16th and 19-20th March, in seminar room F, Mat Phys


Philippe Jacquod, Professor at University of Arizona, Tucson, USA, will give a series of lectures, covering basic aspects and selected topics of quantum transport in meso- and nanoscale systems. The course is intended for PhD students in physics, but can also be of interest for master students with a good knowledge of quantum mechanics. Students who attend all lectures receive 1 ECTS point. If they take an exam (with LU staff) on the subject later, additional 1 ECTS point will be awarded. All lectures are in the seminar room F at Mathematical Physics. For more information and registration please contact Lecture notes to the course are available here.



Didactical and Pedagogical Training (3 hp)



Pedagogical training is a key aspect of the PhD students education and future careers. This course will aim at teaching students how be good educators and will discuss common issues in the educational process.



The Electronic Structure of Solids (7.5 hp)

2012, (Matfys)

Prof. Ferdi Aryasetiawan


This course will aim to provide an understanding of methods in density functional theory to microscopically calculate properties of surfaces. The students will be given practical training in using advanced computer programs to set up and solve explicit problems.



Experimental Techniques within Nanoscience in Lund (7.5 hp)

2012, (SLF)

Prof. Anders Mikkelsen


This course aims at teaching students about experimental tools available in Lund through the Physics Department.



Optoelectronics (7.5 hp)

Spring 2012, (FTF)

Assoc. Prof. Dan Hessman


The course will provide a platform both for the selection of suitable devices for various optoelectronic applications and for the development of next generation devices. In order to achieve this, the course will emphasize the underlying physics as well as how performance is affected by device design and materials properties.



Quantum Mechanics Advanced Course II (7.5 hp)

Spring 2012

Prof. Ferdi Aryasetiawan 

Intr. Meeting: Monday March 19th, 10:00 in seminar room F, Mat Phys


In the Linnaeus graduate school programme an advanced course on quantum mechanics "Quantum Mechanics Advanced Course II" (7.5 credits) will be given by Ferdi Aryasetiawan in Spring 2012. Quantum Mechanics is basic for all modern physics. This course gives a deeper understanding that all physicists need both experimentalists and theoreticians. Both theory and applications are treated in the course. Applications are choosen in close relations to other courses.



Solid State Theory (7.5 hp)

Spring 2012

Prof. Andreas Wacker

Intr. Meeting: Monday March 12th, 8:15 in H421


The course shall provide a better understanding of central concepts in solid state physics and their relation to the basic theories of quantum mechanics and electrodynamics. The students shall learn how these concepts can be applied to model physical effects quantitatively. Particular emphasis is given towards topics relevant to ongoing research in solid state physics and nanoscience in Lund.



The Physics of Surfaces (7.5 hp)

Spring 2012

Asst. Prof. Anders Mikkelsen


The course aims at giving an introduction into surface science, which is concerned with the properties and the chemistry of surfaces and interfaces on an atomic length scale. Surfaces play a central role in a variety of modern technologies spanning from heterogenous catalysis to devices based on nano-structured materials. The surface physics course will offer a general introduction to the structural, electronic and vibrational properties of atoms and molecules at surfaces and interfaces from a mainly experimental viewpoint. Key topics include adsorption and growth of molecule and adatom layers, synchrotron based electron spectroscopies, Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED) and the use of Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy (STM) to visualize individual atoms and molecules at surfaces.



Nanomaterials: Thermodynamics and kinetics (7.5 hp)

Autumn 2012

Assoc. Prof. Jonas Johansson


This course will offer an overview of thermodynamic phenomena and kinetic processes from a materials science perspective, with application towards nanomaterials. The course will cover topics in Materials Science that are of interest to nanoscientists, including phase formation and phase diagrams, chemical kinetics, and mass transport.



Nanoelectronics (7.5 hp)

Spring 2012

Prof. Lars Erik Wernersson

First Lecture: Monday March 12th, 13:15 in H322


This course deals with the applications of nanoelectronics in a number of areas and it will give knowledge about how devices may be realized and modelled for applications beyond CMOS. For instance, the nanotechnology allows for an heterogeneous material s integration of transistors which may be used to reduce the power consumption in circuit applications. The course will use knowledge in the areas of nanotechnology and circuit design. The use of nanowires and nanotubes will be discussed and different device technologies with potential to reduce the power consumption will be emphasized. Challenges in the THz region will further be discussed.



Quantum Information (7.5 hp)

Spring 2011

Prof. Stefan Kröll,

Dr Peter Samuelsson


The course starts with a general overview of quantum computation and quantum information and a recapitualtion of the fundamental elements in quantum mechanics and computer science needed for the rest of the course. The second part of the course is then focused specifically on quantum computation, treating quantum gates and quantum algorithms. In particular the quantum Fourier transform that is used in the Shor's algorithm for factorisation of large integers and search algorithms like the Grover's algorithm are treated. Experimental realisation schemes for quantum computers are also treated in this part of the course. Finally a more general treatment of quantum information is given in the last part of the course. Including topics as, the influence of noise on quantum processes, error-correction codes, the connection between entropy and information or more general aspects on quantum information including topics such as quantum communication and quantum cryptography.



High resolution electron microscopy (7.5 hp)

Autumn 2011

Prof. Reine Wallenberg


High-resolution microscopy has the capacity to image atomic-size structures in real time. The imaging is performed by a beam of coherent, high energy electrons passing through the material. The course starts with a common introductory part describing the theory, the instruments, basic concepts, and handling of data, the students are then divided into groups for practical hands-on exercises.



The Physics of Low-dimensional Structures and Quantum Devices (7.5 hp)

Autumn 2012

Prof. Mats-Erik Pistol


This course presents artificial materials with substructure on the nanometer scale such that the electronic motion is restricted to two, one or zero dimensions. The emphasis is on semiconductor heterostructures but also other low-dimensional systems, such as metallic nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes, will be discussed. The concepts and the underlying theory are introduced based on quantum mechanics and extended by the application to heterostructures. Quantum physical phenomena such as energy quantization, tunnelling and quantized conduction is presented as well as photonic, electronic and sensor applications. After the lecture part of the course is completed, the student will work on a reseach related project for about 1,5 weeks. The project work will be presented orally as well as in writing.



Crystal Growth and Semiconductor Epitaxy (7.5 hp)

Spring 2013

Asst. Prof. Kimberly Dick Thelander


We will start with a discussion about the fundamental aspects of crystal growth. In this course section, which is about basic thermodynamics and kinetics, we will treat: crystal structure and crystal surfaces, phase diagrams, materials transport, surface reactions, nucleation theories, and growth mechanisms. In the next section we will deal with techniques for bulk- and epitaxial growth. LEC, VGF, MBE, MOVPE, VPE, and LPE will be explained. In the third and final course section, which is very important for modern applications, epitaxy of low-dimensional semiconductor structures will be treated. Among other things we will discuss selective epitaxy, strain-induced self-organization, and growth of one-dimensional structures (nanowires).



Statistics for Nanophysicists (7.5 hp)

Spring 2010

Prof. Krzysztof Podgorski 


For long there has been an interest from the students within the Linnaeus centre to learn how to analyze and plan their experiments in a good way. That is why we have now asked Krzysztof Podgorski, who is a professor at Mathematical Statistics in Lund, to give a course on this subject. The main focus of the course will be a project, which will be devoted to problems faced by the students in their research projects. Krzysztof has prepared a preliminary syllabus, which you will find by clicking on the above title.



Quantum Mechanics, Master course (7.5 hp)

Spring 2007, Spring 2008

Prof. Cecilia Jarlskog



Quantum Theory of the Electron Liquid (7.5 hp)

Spring 2007

Prof. Sven Åberg, Prof. Stephanie Reimann


This course provides an indepth introduction to the physics of the interacting electron liquid in a broad variety of systems, including metals, semiconductors, artificial nano-structures, atoms and molecules. Theoretical many-body methods as the Hartree-Fock approximation, linear response theory, as well as static and time-dependent density functional theory are studied.


Previously held courses (single occasion):


Optics in Nanostructures (2/4 hp)

21-25th November 2011, Sal F (Matfys)

Prof. Alexey Belyanin (Texas A&M University, USA)


Alexey Belyanin, Professor of Physics at Texas A&M University, USA, will give a series of lectures, covering both fundamentals and applications in modern optical devices. The course is intended for PhD students in physics, but can also be of interest for master students with a good knowledge of quantum mechanics and electromagnetism. Students who attend all lectures receive 2 ECTS points. If they take an exam (with LU staff) on the subject later, additional 2 ECTS points will be awarded. All lectures are in the seminar room F at Mathematical Physics. For more information and registration please contact


Oral Communication (3 hp)

August 2011

Lecturer: Sten Erici (SELT, Lund)


This course is given to provide students with the tools needed to deliver well structured and well developed presentations on both familiar and unfamiliar topics. Several speaking and listening techniques are covered, as well as individual presentations given by the students on their own research areas.


Leadership, Teams and Development

March 8-9, 2011

Dr. Thomas Sewerin (SELT, Lund)


In 2008 the Linnaeus graduate school on Nanoscience and Quantum Engineering arranged a course on "Leadership, teams and development", given by Thomas Sewerin, psychologist and coach. Several of the students in our School took the course, and the general opinion was very positive. Now almost three years later we will arrange for the course again.


The course will be given by Thomas Sewerin March 8-9, 2011 at Flädie (just outside Lund), with a follow-up day at April 29th. In addition to these three days (9-17), you will write a small report (before April 29th). The course gives 3 hp, and contains the following parts:


1) Leadership. To lead researchers and to be a member of research team. To lead learning


2) Groups - conflicts and how to solve them. Efficient team work.


3) Coaching/supervising. Difference between manager/leader/supervisor.


4) Methods to coach and develop others. The art of listening. To design learning processes.


Sign up by dropping an e-mail to Katarina Lindqvist



Basics of the Monte Carlo method for transport in semiconductor devices

Stockholm, Sweden, 4-7 October 2010

Prof. Pierpaolo Palestri (University of Udine, Italy)


The course provides the basics of the Monte Carlo method for the solution of the carrier transport in semiconductor devices. After the course you should be able to use Monte Carlo device simulation codes to study the performance of nanoscale MOSFETs and have an idea of the complexity of the models implemented in such tools.


Surface Plasmons: Optics and Photonics at the Nanoscale

27-29 October 2009

Prof. Frederico Capasso, Harvard University, USA


The topic of plasmons is presently a very hot one, from perspectives of experiments as well as theory, and from optical physics, photonics as well as life-science interests. Hence, we strongly recommend PhD-students as well as Master-students to attend. 


Three lectures will be given, parts 1, 2 and 3 at these times:


Tuesday October 27 13-14 (Part 1)

Wednesday October 28 15-16 (Part 2)

Thursday October 29 15-16 (Part 3)


and we have booked the Sigma-room (Q124) at FTF for these. 

In case the class gets too big, we will move to k-space.


The course will lead to credit points for participants.



Quantum Optics and Quantum Information for Solid-State Physicists

5-16th October 2009

Prof. Enrique Solano, Bilbao


Once in a life-time opportunity! The course is held at Chalmers. The schedule can be found here. If you are interested, please contact Göran Johansson as soon as possible by mail (



Modern Quantum Mechanics (7.5 hp)

Spring 2009 — Ingemar Ragnarsson



Bose-Einstein condensation (7.5 hp)

Spring 2009 — Peter Schlagheck


Leadership and coaching (3 p)

Spring 2008

Thomas Sewerin



Electron Transport in Nanostructures (2 p)

Spring 2007

Prof. Koji Ishibashi, Riken



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