Physics 2B: Electrons Photons and Matter - ZPEM2502

Faculty: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

School: School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences @ UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Course Outline:

Campus: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 5.5

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: ZPEM1301 or ZPEM1303, ZPEM1302 or ZPEM1304, ZPEM1501, ZPEM1502, ZPEM2302 or ZPEM2309

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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The course examines the physics of electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, condensed matter and semiconductors. Electrons are the sources of electric and magnetic fields and fundamentals to our information society. Electrons are considered particles but also have a wave nature, while electromagnetic waves also have a particle nature, the photon. This particle-wave dualism is unfamiliar to our personal macroscopic experience but is essential for the microscopic world. Electrons and photons also give rise to the functionality of the semiconductor materials that underpin our modern technology. The course includes a laboratory program relating to and supplementing the lecture material.

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