The chair Industrial Focus Group XUV Optics is involved in teaching "Nanomaterials research: fundamentals, synthesis and application", "Fields and Waves" "Capita Selecta course XUV ", "Advanced Technology" (bachelor), "Business and society", "Fundamentals of materials-ST", "Fundamentals of materials-M3AT""Conference PDeng", "Applied Physics" (bachelor and master) "Nanotechnology" (master), "Surfaces and Thin Layers" .   

Nanomaterials Research: fundamentals, synthesis and application

Course code 201900042

Introduce students into performing research on nanomaterials with respect to its fundamentals, synthesis and applications. The topic of the course is synthesis of nanomaterials using advanced deposition techniques. The first part of the course (the PBLs) is on the general fundamentals of nanomaterials, covering commonly used advanced deposition methods for nanomaterials. This will serve as a basis for understanding top-down deposition of nanomaterials, with a focus on its synthesis for research applications. In the second part, students will perform a full research cycle, i.e. a trajectory consisting of a background study, formulation of a hypothesis, experimental design (fabrication), analysis (verification) and reporting.
 
Because of the link to specific active research, the topic of this second part is flexible. It links to active research projects within research groups, coupled to the course by the involved teachers. An example of such research topic is an optical component that involves large area freestanding transparent thin films, called pellicles, a research topic within the XUV optics group for which synthesis is performed mainly in the Nanolab cleanroom. In this manner, the course offers a fundamental understanding together with a full research cycle linking to scientific interests in addition to potential industry relevancy.

Fields and Waves

Course code: 201700143 and 201700370

Complex engineering problems – like describing a wing's airflow profile, or an electrical spool's magnetic field – require a mathematical description that employs vectors, a quantity that has both a magnitude and a direction in 3 dimensional space. In this module you will apply vector mathematics in the field of electromagnetism. The behaviour of electric and magnetic fields and their interaction is given by the so-called Maxwell equations. Just four differential equations that describe a wealth of phenomena ranging from big magnets used for medical imaging to the behaviour of light (which is an electromagnetic phenomena) to the interaction between electrons and protons. In a Problem Based Learning style you will solve and discuss successive problems with a small group of students to get insight first in electrostatics, followed by magnetostatics. With magnetostatics you are already able to understand the design of electromagnets, magnetic fields created by a constant current. Electrostatics and magnetostatics are combined in the field of electrodynamics, the mutual interaction of electric and magnetic fields. This forms the basis to understand optical effects and wireless communication. This knowledge will have to be used in the project team for the design and realization of an antenna that works as well as possible within the 100 MHz range. To support the antenna design process the Finite Element Method is introduced. The Finite Element method is used in many engineering areas to evaluate a system described by (partial) differential equations such as fluid motion, thermal behaviour, mechanical stress and bending as well as electromagnetic phenomena. In many engineering problems it is actually a combination of these effects that play a role, for example the cooling of a mechanical structure to prevent thermal expansion with the flow of a cooling fluid. Working with a Finite Element method is not just ask the computer for an answer, as an answer it will give. Therefore this technique can only be used with a proper set-up of the problem and the validation of the results.  

fundamentals of materials

The XUV group is involved in projects on "Materials for applications" within "Fundamentals of Materials" in the bachelor phase of Advanced Technology and Chemical Technology.   

Waves, Interference and probability

The XUV group is involved in lab courses in optics in the bachelor phase.

Wave Optics

The XUV group contributes to the Master level by teaching the following course for students who choose the optics track in physics. In wave optics, we cover many different aspects of the propagation of light: how pulses of light can be spread or compressed in time by materials; how lenses don’t focus light to a point and how to calculate just how good a lens will be; how particles scatter light, and how optical fibers shape the spatial and temporal properties of light as they guide it.

Surfaces and Thin Layers

Together with the PIN group, the XUV group contributes to the Master level course “Surfaces and Thin Layers” which is part of the Materials Physics track (course code 193550020). This course covers preparation of well-defined surfaces for surface science studies, as well as analysis of surface structure, electronic properties and composition. The specific contributions of the XUV group are currently: vacuum and sample preparation, scanning probe microscopy, ion scattering and adsorption/desorption.

Systems and Engineering

The XUV group contributes to the Master level course "Systems engineering". This course encompasses activities involved in the design, development, production and application of machines and instruments. The course intends to develop a design attitude, and teaches how to use basic rules (methods and techniques) for the analysis and synthesis of solutions for the problem of realising a given design. A Systems Engineering approach is used, which implies that the optimal functioning of the whole system during its entire lifecycle is concerned. This means that besides design and manufacturing, also use and disposal are considered. The material is treated form a practical point of view: emphasis is on the global insight in the design processes and methods and techniques for analysis and evaluation. Furthermore, practical use of these instruments is relevant. Therefore, during the second half of the term, students work on the case study, which is shaped as a kind of role play: the student teams form design subteams. So, students must once present a part of the case, discussing presentations of all other students, and once report on these discussions, which serves as a design evaluation meeting.