Parallel treatments of photons, electrons, phonons, and molecules as energy carriers; aiming at a fundamental understanding of descriptive tools for energy and heat transport processes, from nanoscale to macroscale. Topics include energy levels; statistical behavior and internal energy; energy transport in the forms of waves and particles; scattering and heat generation processes; Boltzmann equation and derivation of classical laws; and deviation from classical laws at nanoscale and their appropriate descriptions. Applications in nanotechnology and microtechnology. Students taking the graduate version complete additional assignments.
Fall 2020 Update: Fully Remote Classes - This class aims to teach students molecular level understanding on matters: their energy states and their transport across scales. The course starts from energy states in matters (quantum mechanics and solids states), moves on to thermal energy (statistical thermodynamics), transport of energy and matter as waves (electromagnetics, acoustics, and electron waves) and particles (kinetics and Boltzmann transport equation), liquids (Brownian motion and electrical double layers) and molecular dynamics (linear response theory). Although the topics are broad, the expected prerequisite is at the level of 2.005. The course is based on the book: “Nano-to-Macro Transport Processes: A Parallel Treatment of Electrons, Molecules, Photons, and Phonons”. A test for the success of this course is how comfortable students will be scanning through articles in journals such as Applied Physics Letters. The course will build on the materials covered and go over different journals each week. Students will become progressively comfortable with many topics covered in each issue of these journals. This course will be taught online using Zoom synchronously. Using Apple Pencil and Explain Everything software, direct writing on iPad makes teaching similar to writing on blackboard in a classroom. Lectures will be video-recorded and available after class for asynchronous review. There are weekly homework and reading assignments, one open-book mid-term exam, one final project with presentation, a written report, and no final. The course offers both graduate (2.57) and undergraduate (2.570) versions. The undergraduate version will have reduced homework assignments and no final project.