The Abdus Salam ICTP

Institute of Physics, VAST
Center for Theoretical Physics


Scientific Program & Lecture Notes

First day of the School (Monday, 14 December 2009)

08:15 - 08:45 Registration

08:45 - 09:00 Opening

  • Welcome speech of Prof. Duong Ngoc Hai, Vice President of Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST)
  • Welcome speech of Prof. Sandro Scandolo, School Director

Lectures start at 09:00

Time Table

Time\Date Mon.
14 Dec.
15 Dec.
16 Dec.
17 Dec.
18 Dec.
21 Dec.
22 Dec.
23 Dec.
24 Dec.
25 Dec.
09:00-10:15 Scandolo Kiselev Fulde Kiselev Efetov Aleiner Aleiner Kravtsov Kravtsov Kravtsov
10:15-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-12:00 Shekhter Kiselev Gebauer Shekhter Gebauer Falko Falko Altshuler Altshuler Altshuler
12:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:15 Fulde Shekhter Nardelli Nardelli Nardelli Falko Mauri Mauri Contributed  
15:15-15:45 Coffee Break
15:45-17:00 Scandolo Fulde Tosatti Efetov Tosatti Mauri Aleiner Contributed Contributed  
17:00 -   Get-t-Drink       Catelani Banquet      

Participants are invited to give a talk on the interested topics at the contributed sessions. Please register it with the secretary.

Lecture Notes


  • Lecture 1: Atomistic methods in computational nanoscience: Molecular dynamics, Density Functional Theory
  • Lecture 2: Examples: (a) water nanoclusters; (b) molecules on surfaces

Robert SHEKHTER: Mesoscopic Nanoelectromechanics of Shuttle Systems

  • Lecture 1: Mechanically assisted single-electronics
  • Lecture 2: Quantum coherent nanoelectromechanics
  • Lecture 3: Mechanically assisted superconductivity

Peter FULDE: Electron correlations on nano- and subnano scale

Mikhail KISELEV: Electron transport through nanostructures

  • Lecture 1: Quantum Dots: Coulomb blockade, tunneling, co-tunneling
  • Lecture 2: Kondo effect in nano-devices
  • Lecture 3: From Fermi liquid to Luttinger liquid


Marco Buongiorno NARDELLI: Carbon nanotubes: a nanoscale theoretical laboratory


  • Lecture 1: Physics of metal nanocontacts
  • Lecture 2: Nanofriction: physics and simulation

Konstantin EFETOV

  • Lecture 1: Granular materials consisting of normal metal grains
  • Lecture 2: Granular materials consisting of superconductor grains

Francesco MAURI: Vibrational spectroscopies and electronic transport in graphene and carbon-nanotubes

  • Lecture 1: Raman spectroscopy of few-layer graphene
    • Counting the number of layers
    • Determining the doping charge
  • Lecture 2: High current transport: carbon-nanotubes and graphene, materials for future interconnects?
  • Lecture 3: Cutting graphene into ribbons for device applications: atomic, electronic and chemical structure of (cut) edges.

Igor ALEINER: Disorder and chaos in quantum systems: Anderson localization and its generalization

  • Lecture 1: "Metals and insulators"
    • Drude theory of metals: (what is classical and what is quantum?)
    • Why are the insulators stable with respect to tunneling? (first glimpse into Anderson localization)
    • Why does Anderson insulator conduct at finite temperature? (first glimpse into inelastic processes in insulators)
  • Lecture 2: "Metals in more details"
    • Weak localization. Divergences in two- and one- dimension. Magnetoresistance. First glimpse into role of inelastic processes in metals
    • Interaction effects. Scattering on the Friedel oscillations. Inelastic electron-electron scatterings
  • Lecture 3: "Insulators in more details"
    • Fixed range hopping. Miller-Abrahams network. Percolation agruments
    • Mott variable range hopping
    • AC conductivity in the localized regime
    • Coulomb interaction and Efros-Shklovskii variable range hopping

Boris ALTSHULER: Disorder and chaos in quantum systems II

  • Lecture 1: Introduction
  • Lecture 2: Quantum chaos, integrability and localization
  • Lecture 3: Anderson transition beyond real space, localization in the space of quantum numbers

Vladimir FALKO: Electronic properties and quantum effects in the electronic transport in graphene

  • Lecture 1 & 2: Electrons in monolayer graphene
    • Tight binding model of electronic bands in graphene
    • Dirac type electrons π Dirac-electrons, Berry phase π, and trigonal warping correction
    • pn junction in graphene
  • Lecture 3: Electronic properties of bilayer graphene
    • Symmetry, effective low-energy Hamiltonian for chiral electrons bilayer and monolayer material
    • Quantum Hall effect in bilayer and monolayer graphene

Vladimir KRAVTSOV: Spectral and wavefunction statistics

  • Lecture 1: Level statistics of non-interacting electrons in quantum dots
    • Quantum dots and random matrices
    • Level repulsion
    • Introduction to random matrix theory
  • Lecture 2: Wavefunction statistics in zero- one- and two-dimensional systems
    • Porter-Thomas statistics in quantum dots
    • Wavefunction statistics in one-dimensional disordered chains
    • Weak multifractality in two-dimensional disordered conductors

Gianluigi CATELANI: Kinetic equation and noise in open dots

Contributed Talks

P. Ravirajan: Nanostructured Metal Oxide: Polymer Photovoltaic Devices

Vincent Sacksteder: Controlling the Fermions in Models of Disordered Conduction

David John Thiruvadigal: Electron Transport through Molecular Electronic Devices

Thanh Nguyen: Effect of magnetic field on thermoelectric coefficients of a single electron transistor at almost perfect transmission

Efta Yudiarsah: Torsional Vibration Dependence on Transport Properties of DNA Molecules

Nhung Nguyen: Combined studies of cell response to electric pulses: A simple approach

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