2.57 Nano-to-Macro Transport Processes

Fall 2004

Three-dimensional illustration of nanotube structure.
With predicted revolutionary applications, nanoscale structures like this carbon "peapod" are the focus of extensive research. (Image courtesy of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.)

Course Highlights

This course features extensive lecture materials, including a complete set of lecture notes and audio files for streaming and mp3 download.

Course Description

This course provides parallel treatments of photons, electrons, phonons, and molecules as energy carriers, aiming at fundamental understanding and descriptive tools for energy and heat transport processes from nanoscale continuously to macroscale. Topics include the energy levels, the 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, deviation from classical laws at nanoscale and their appropriate descriptions, with applications in nano- and microtechnology.

Special Features

Technical Requirements

MATLAB® software is required to run the .m files found on this course site. Media player software, such as QuickTime® Player, RealOne™ Player, or Windows Media® Player, is required to run the .mp3 files found on this course site. RealOne™ Player software is required to run the .rm files found on this course site.

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Staff

Instructor:
Prof. Gang Chen

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

Level

Graduate