Course detail

Introduction to Physical Engineering and Nanosciences

FSI-TUNAcad. year: 2020/2021

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.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

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.


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


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

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.)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

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).

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


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.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

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.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-FIN-P Bachelor's, 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, 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.