Minor Programme

Physics for Technology II


Faculty of Physics

Natural Sciences



At least three years bachelor level studies in Engineering, Physics and related areas


English, B1 level

Visiting Students - EUR 1500,00; Fee waivers may apply in the case of student exchange schemes like Erasmus; Students wishing to do a single course unit from an Exchange Package can opt to apply for “isolated course units” where the fees range from €40,00 - €60.00 per ECTS credit, depending on subject area.

The Courses

You can choose five of the following course units:

Development And Characterisation Of Materials - 6 ECTS:

The main objective of the course is to provide to the students the knowledge needed for the identification and characterization of techniques involved in the processing and characterization of materials for applications in the fields of photonics and optoelectronics. It is intended to confer the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams and the ability to identify, formulate and solve issues related with Materials Science and Engineering. The main issues will be addressed i) the interaction of radiation with matter, ii) the relationship between the structural and optical properties, iii) quantifying the optical properties, iv) photometry and radiometry, v) development of optical structures vi) ellipsometry.

Spectroscopic Techniques - 6 ECTS

a) To understand the basic concepts, techniques and applications from the practical point of view of NMR 1D and 2D, aiming the structural characterization of small organic and inorganic molecules.

b) To explain the ionization methods, ion separation and detection by mass spectrometry (MS) and characterize the different mass spectrometers configurations. To understand the data given by tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS and MSn). Given an analytical problem, the student should be able to choose the sample ionisation method, as well the experimental approach and the suitable equipment.

c) To know and explain the crystallography concepts towards the single crystal X-ray structure determination. To explain the X-ray diffraction phenomena. To establish the relation between the measured intensities and the structure factors. To understand the phase problem. To characterize the resolution and refinement processes of a single crystal structure.

Quantum Optics - 6 ECTS

The course of Quantum Optics aims that the students aquire a theoretical knowledge on the recent advances in the quantum treatment of light and its interaction with matter.We aim that the students know and understand the fundamental quantum concepts regarding the light nature and recognize the technological potential of photonics in new areas.

Nanodevices And Nanomagnetism - 6 ECTS

Nanotechnology applications of magnetism require the understanding of relevant magnetic properties of materials and their relation with other scale-dependent properties and effects. Their use in devices is explored with examples in magnetic recording and biomedical applications.

Complex and Disorganised Systems - 6 ECTS

The main goal is to give an introduction to statistical physics modelling of disordered and complex systems.

Physics And Technology Of Renewable Energies II - 6 ECTS

In this course students will learn about the various methods for harnessing the solar energy with special emphasis on the physical principles underlying the employed technologies.

They will also learn about the solar energy resources as well as the architecture, the dimensioning and performance characterization of the systems.

Medical Physics - 6 ECTS

Address the thematics associated with Medical Physics and the role of the Medical Physicist in hospitals, focusing on techniques and instrumentation for radiology, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging and radiotherapy. To prepare students for these subjects are initially introduced the physical concepts associated with the interaction of ionizing radiation with matter.

Sensors And Semiconductors - 6 ECTS

General goals:

The discipline should allow the student of acquiring basic knowledge on the theory of quantum confinement in semiconductors, function of the metal-semiconductor contacts, heterojunctions, devices based on quantum-size semiconductor structures (quantum wells, superlattices, quantum wires and dots), enabling them of understanding the specialized monographs and publications in scientific journals in the field, as well as the future work in research and industry.

Transversal objectives:

To develop the capacity of working in a group and of leadership;

To deepen the knowledge of scientific literature;

To develop the capacities of reasoning, as well as of oral and written communication;

Preparation for the job market;

Independent working and self-learning.

Complements Of Statistical Physics - 6 ECTS

The aims of this complementary course on statistical physics are:

(1) to provide students with more deep understanding of basic statistical mechanics and its applications,

(2) to improve students' abilities of solving simple problems on various statistical physics topics,

(3) to provide useful mathematical apparatus for statistical physics,

(4) to consider issues of statistical physics beyond the scope of the main course,

(5) to give insight into the modern issues of statistical physics.

Advanced Topics I - 6 ECTS

Several topics related to condensed matter physics are covered. At the end of the course students must be able to:

• Understand and apply the second quantification in systems of identical particles. Perform related calculations

• Understand and apply the quantification of the electromagnetic field, and explain the interaction between atoms and field.

• Explain electron-phonon interaction, and the shape of the optical spectrum.

• Explain the hyperfine structure and computes the epr spectrum

• Explain the use of local probe techniques in materials (muon source resonance and positron spectroscopy) and calculate the spectrum

• Be able to understand relevant articles on these topics in a physics jounal

How to apply

Application procedure is similar to mobility applications, that is, candidates are either appointed by their institutions of origin or the candidate addresses directly the International Office that guides the candidate and contacts the candidate’s institution of origin. Application may be done on paper, by post and by email and is checked by the International Office.

What are the necessary documents?

- application form

- learning agreement signed by the candidate and the institutions of origin

- transcript of records

- photocopy of valid personal identification document (ID card or passport)

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