MSE326: X-ray Science and Techniques

This course provides an introduction to how x-rays interact with matter and how x-ray techniques can be used to develop new understanding of the properties of materials. Course topics include diffraction from ordered and disordered materials, x-ray absorption/emission spectroscopy, photoemission, and coherent scattering. Sources including synchrotrons and x-ray lasers and an introduction to time-resolved techniques. This course includes a parallel laboratory effort in which students will have an opportunity to carry out experiments at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.


MSE157:Quantum Mechanics of Nanoscale Materials

Introduction to quantum mechanics and its application to the properties of materials. No prior background beyond a working knowledge of calculus and high school physics is presumed. Topics include: The Schrodinger equation and applications to understanding of the properties of quantum dots, semiconductor heterostructures, nanowires, and bulk solids. Tunneling processes and applications to nanoscale devices; the scanning tunneling microscope, and quantum cascade lasers. Simple models for the electronic properties and band structure of materials including semiconductors, insulators and metals and applications to semiconductor devices. Time-dependent perturbation theory and interaction of light with materials with applications to laser technology.