Applied physics

Physics, First Cycle
Educational Physics
3 year
Course director:
Lecturer (contact person):
Hours per week – 1. semester:

Enrolment for the course.
Successful completion of compulsory courses of the 1st and 2nd year

Content (Syllabus outline)

Innovation process. Introduction to medical physics: X-ray imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, radiotherapy. Building engineering physics: acoustics in rooms, thermal insulation, heating, water vapour transport, illumination in rooms. Introduction to nanotechnology: microscopy, nanomaterials, devices at the nanoscale. Photovoltaics. Superconductivity. Non-destructive investigations of materials and constructions. Liquid-crystal displays: principles and applications. Photonic crystals: synthesis and applications.


C. Guy, D. Fytche, The Principles of Medical Imaging. Imperial College Press, London, 2005.
E. Schild, H. F. Casselmann, G. Dahmen, R. Pohlenz, Bauphysik; Planung und Anwendung. Vieweg, Braunschweig, 1990.
L. E. Kinsler, A. R. Frey, A. B. Coppens,  J. V. Sanders, Fundamentals of Acoustics. Wiley, New York, 2000.
W. A. Goddard, D. W. Brenner, S. E. Lyshevski, G. J. Iafrate (ur.),  Handbook of Nanoscience, Engineering, and Technology. CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2002.
C. P. Poole, F. J. Owens, Introduction to Nanotechnology. J. Wiley, 2003.
G. N. Tiwari,  M. K. Ghosal, Renewable Energy Resources: Basic Principles and Applications.Alpha Science International, Harrow, 2005.
A. Goetzberger, V.U. Hoffmann, Photovoltaic Solar Energy Generation, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005.
G. Strobl, The Physics of Polymers. Springer, Berlin, 1997.
R. A. L. Jones, Soft Condensed Matter Physics. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2002.
K. Inoue, K. Ohtaka (ur.), Photonic Crystals. Springer, Berlin, 2004.
P. J. Collings,  J. S. Patel (ur.), Handbook of Liquid Crystal Research. Oxford University Press, New York, 1997.

Objectives and competences

Introduction to selected topics in applied physics. This includes materials with special properties as well as physical phenomena associated with various fields of applied physics and devices. All selected topics are related to the R&D activities in Slovenian industry and academia. The knowledge accumulated in the core physics courses is directly employed to explain the topics.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
Knowledge of structure and physical properties of selected industrially relevant materials, which can be discussed within the concepts introduced in the first two years of BSc study. Knowledge of experimental and theoretical physics aspects of some industrially relevant devices and technologies. Understanding of the role of physics for the future industrial/technological progress.

The course uses the concepts of classical physics (elastomechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetic field theory, optics), modern physics (quantum mechanics, solid-state physics, particle physics) and experimental physics (practicum courses). On selected topics we apply these concepts to solve problems emerging every day in the industry or medicine, which all helps students to direct their future carriers.

An important aspect of the lectures is also the presentation of mutual relation between the development process, e.g. new devices, processes or materials. The ever higher demands pose challenges in the state-of-the-art technologies and students will learn how complex the entire technology process can be. Overall, the lectures will contribute to the student’s understanding and mastering of fundamental physics competences. Visits in R&D laboratories and lectures from the visiting scientists will allow students to have a direct insight into the daily work in the industry.

Transferable skills
Students will learn how to recognize and formulate interdisciplinary problems. Moreover, they will learn how to tackle problems by finding optimal solutions while still staying within the limitations posed by the teamwork and cooperation with experts from the other relevant fields.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures, homework, seminars, visits in laboratories.


Marks: finished/not finished.

Lecturer's references

prof. dr. Denis Arčon:
1. GANIN, Alexey Yu., JEGLIČ, Peter, ARČON, Denis, POTOČNIK, Anton, et al. Polymorphism control of superconductivity and magnetism in Cs[sub]3Csub close to the Mott transition. Nature (Lond.), 2010, vol. 466, 221.
2. TAKABAYASHI, Yasuhiro, JEGLIČ, Peter, ARČON, Denis et al. The disorder-free non-BCS superconductor Cs[sub]3Csub emerges from an antiferromagnetic insulator parent state. Science (Wash. D.C.), 2009, vol. 323, no. 5921, 1585.
3. MIHAILOVIĆ, Dragan, ARČON, Denis, VENTURINI, Peter, BLINC, Robert, OMERZU, Aleš, CEVC, Pavel. Orientational and magnetic ordering buckyballs in TDAE-C60. Science (Wash. D.C.), 1995, 268, 400.
4. LAPPAS, A., PRASSIDES, K., VAVEKIS, K., ARČON, Denis, BLINC, Robert, CEVC, Pavel, AMATO, A., FEYERHERM, R., GYGAX, F. N., SCHENCK, A. Spontaneous magnetic ordering in the fullerene charge-transfer salt (TDAE)C60. Science (Wash. D.C.), 1995, vol. 267, 1799.
5. PREGELJ, Matej, ZAHARKO, Oksana, ZORKO, Andrej, KUTNJAK, Zdravko, JEGLIČ, Peter, BROWN, P. J., JAGODIČ, Marko, JAGLIČIĆ, Zvonko, BERGER, Helmuth, ARČON, Denis. Spin amplitude modulation driven magnetoelectric coupling in the new multiferroic FeTe[sub]2O[sub]5Br. Phys. rev. lett., 2009, vol. 103, no. 14, p. 147202.