Course detail

Introduction to Physical Engineering and Nanosciences

FSI-TUNAcad. year: 2023/2024

Explanation of physical principles of classical, holographic and tunneling microscopy, Learning the fundamentals of these instruments. Interaction of radiation with a matter. Sources and detectors of light and charged particles.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Secondary-school-level knowledge in geometric and and wave optics and solid state physics.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

The assessment of a student is made upon his performance in practice and quality of a discussion on topics selected at the colloquium (lecture notes allowed at preparation).

The presence of students at practice is obligatory and is monitored by a tutor. The way how to compensate missed practice lessons will be decided by a tutor depending on the range and content of missed lessons.


The goal of the the subject: to provide an overview of contemporary fundamental topics of Physicl Engineering with a special emphasis on nanotechnology, to inform students about research topics being studied at the Institute of Physical Engineering and to motivate students for the selection of properly aimed study- and creative- activities.

Basic physical knowledge needed for the understanding of solid state structure, interaction of the beams od electromagnetic radiation and charged particles with a matter. Sources and detectors of these beams.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

HALLIDAY, D., RESNICK, R. and WALKER, J.: Fyzika. Brno: VUTIUM, 2001.
SALEH, B.E.A., TEICH, M.V.C.: Fundamentals of Photonics. New York: Wiley, 1991. 966 p. (Český překlad: Základy fotoniky. Praha: MATFYZPRESS, 1996. 1055 p.)

Recommended reading

Not applicable.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-FIN-P Bachelor's, 1. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Basic primciples of light propagation. Principles of optical imaging.
Basic optical tools: magnifier, microscope, telescope and binocular.
Sources and detectors of light. Diffraction of light, Physical principles of holography.
Confocal microscopy. Laser spectroscopy.
Structure of solids. Sources of electron-, ion- and atomic- beams.
Methods and instruments for fabrication and analysis of surfaces, thin films,, and 2D - 0D nanostructures.
Information about photon and electron tunneling microscopes and their application in analysis providing not only measurements but an interaction with a matter on atomic scale and modification of its physical properties.
Practicing on the state-of-the-art equipment in these fields in the labs.


6 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


The calculation of supportive theoretical examples and practical demonstrations and testing take place during the whole semester.

Computer-assisted exercise

7 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


See seminars.