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Course# EE-536: Physical models for micro and nanosystems

Summary

Students will learn simple theoretical models, the theoretical background of finite element modeling as well as its application to modeling charge, mass and heat transport in electronic, fluidic and electromechanical micro and nanosystem.

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Andras Kis

2015− Associate professor, EPFL, STI, Institute of Electrical Engineering (IEL) and Materials Science and Engineering Institute (IMX)
2008−2015 Tenure-track assistant professor at EPFL, School of Engineering (STI), Institute of Electrical Engineering (IEL)
2004−2007 Postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, Physics Department in the group of Prof. Zettl
2000−2003 PhD student at EPFL, Faculty of basic sciences, Institute of physics of complex matter, group of Prof. Forró
1994−1999 MS, Physics, University of Zagreb, Croatia
1994 Baccalaureate, MIOC (Mathematical and Informational Educational Center) high school

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Introduction: Mathematical backgroundEE-536: Physical models for micro and nanosystems

Covers basics of modeling for micro/nano devices and emphasizes the importance of computational thinking in understanding and improving device design.

Electrostatics: Basis and ApplicationsEE-536: Physical models for micro and nanosystems

Explores Coulomb's law, electric fields, capacitance, conductors, and dielectrics in electrostatic systems.

Electrostatics: Basics and ApplicationsEE-536: Physical models for micro and nanosystems

Introduces the basics of electrostatics, covering Coulomb's law, electric fields, capacitance, dielectrics, and more.

Magnetostatics: Electric Current and Magnetic FieldsEE-536: Physical models for micro and nanosystems

Explores the interaction between electric current and magnetic fields, covering Ampère's law, electromagnetic induction, and different materials' behavior in magnetic fields.

Introduction to the finite element methodEE-536: Physical models for micro and nanosystems

Introduces the finite element method and explains its application on 1D problems.