PHYSF475 Nanophysique

Graduate course, Physics, ULB, ULB, Campus Plaine, Bat. NO, 2014


Practique: le vendredi 10-12h
Theory: le vendredi 14-16h
Locale: Campus Plaine, NO 2.N5.107A



Course materials are taken from many sources. The following are useful but not obligatory for the course:

  • General reference covering many topics from the course: Les nanosciences 1. Nanotechnologies and nanophysique, Marcel Lahmani, Claire Dupas and Philippe Houday, 3e edition revue et augmentee, Belin.

  • The standard elementrary source on carbon nanotubes: Physical Properties of Carbon Nanotubes , R. Saito, G. Dresselhaus and M. S. Dresselhaus, Imperial College Press.

  • Ab Initio quantum mechanics: A good basic reference on more advanced chemical quantum mechanics: Solid State Physics, G. Grosso & G. P. Parrravicini, Acad. Press, 2000; also see Intermediate Quantum Mechanics, Hans Bethe et Roman Jackiw, 1982.

  • DFT: The Hohenberg-Kohn theorem : P. Hohenberg et W. Kohn, Phys. Rev. B 136, 864 (1964).

  • DFT: The Kohn-Sham approach: W. Kohn and L. J. Sham, Phys. Rev. 140, A 1133 (1965).

  • Classical DFT: J. F. Lutsko, Adv. Chem. Phys., 144, 1 (2010).

  • Fluctuation Theorems: P. Gaspard, Physica A 369, 201-246 (2006). Also, original papers: R. Kawai, J.M.R. Parrondo, & C. Van den Broeck, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 080602 (2007); Hatano T and Sasa S, Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 3463 (2001); D. Andrieux and P. Gaspard, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 230404 (2008); D. Collin, F.Ritort, C. Jarzynski, S. B. Smith, I. Tinoco Jr. & C. Bustamante, Verification of the Crooks fluctuation theorem and recovery of RNA folding free energies, Nature 437 (8 September 2005) 231.

  • Multiscale expansion: Jarzynski, PRL 71, 839 (1993); Servantie et Gaspard, PRL 91 185501 (2003).

  • Theory of stochastic processes: Handbook of stochastic methods , C. W. Gardiner, Springer.

  • Projection operators: Projection operator techniques in nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, H. Grabert, Springer-Verlag (1982).

  • Proteins: Protein condensation, Gunton, Shiryayev and Pagan, Cambridge, 2007. Also see original papers: ten Wolde and Frenkel,Science 277, 1975 (1997); Lutsko and Nicolis, Phys. Rev. Lett.96, 046102 (2006); Lutsko and Nicolis, Soft Matter, 12, 93 (2016); Lutsko, J. Phys. Cond. Matt., 28, 244020 (2016).

  • MeNT: J. F. Lutsko, J. of Chemical Physics, 136, 34509