Offered Spring 2007 and Winter 2008. This course focuses on how light interacts with different materials such as metals, semiconductors, insulators, and molecules. Topics in nanophotonics will include plasmonics, photonic bandgap materials, and metamaterials.
Offered Spring 2003 and Spring 2004. This course is designed for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. Students will have opportunities to learn why nanoscience is important and interesting, to be trained on advanced instrumentation (NSOM, STM, AFM, SEM), and to participate in some of the business aspects of these emerging nanotechnologies.
Offered Spring 2004. This research course, for students of Junior standing, will enable students to design and perform nanoscale patterning experiments using scanning probe lithography and bench-top fabrication techniques.
Offered Winter 2003 and 2004. Next offering: Winter 2005. Course goals include (i) to apply tools in quantum mechanics to modern chemical problems (laser spectroscopy, nanoscale structures, device architectures, electron tunneling, etc.) and (ii) to relate mathematical functions and equations to their physical meaning. Topics for the course include time-dependent quantum mechanics, time-dependent perturbation theory, angular momentum, electron spin, the interaction of light and matter, and scattering theory.
This program for high school and community college science teachers has been offered at Northwestern since 1992. In a recent pilot program offered by the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center and directed by Prof. Odom, curriculum projects were developed over the course of four weeks.