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Sixth lecture Quantum Transport

the last one before the semester break. We did Coulomb blockade and I believe we did it good). I’m pretty slow this year, there’s a delay of one lecture, so the the deadline for home work about Coulomb blockade was actually earlier than the lecture(. I feel guilty, yet could not do anything about except the better semester planning six month ago. I have to really hurry up after the semester break.

Evaluation from VvTP

The VvTP, our student society, has a contact group that evaluates the courses given and provides a feedback for the teachers. This is what I got on Wednesday:

Advanced Quantum Mechanics:
Nazarov is very enthusiastic about the content of the course. He is following the book very closely: that’s a very good thing. The book is very good. Students like this, there is a clear structure in the course. A bit more examples would be nice though, to have some practical view. The problems are very compatible with the book and lectures. Students say that it takes a long time making them, because you really have to understand the content.

The presentations which the students have to prepare are quite good. It would be appreciated if the focus of the course would be a bit more practical in the lectures. Students like the way Nazarov did a survey himself. They appreciated the fact that he is clearly trying to improve his way of teaching. A possible improvement would be to give a quick summary of the content covered at the end of each lecture.’

Actually, it’s pretty encouraging evaluation, thank you). I promise to give the summary every lecture. But, well, my memory is not as good as it used to be X years ago. Perhaps I need to ask assistance from the audience? 🙂

Quantum Transport:
‘12 students attending in total. The homework is pretty nice. The course is about applications, but the lectures are not that much into it. Maybe there could be some more exercises to practice and get a better insight.‘

A bit surprised that the course is about the applications: but well, it’s rather a compliment 🙂 I hated home work, especially extensive one, when I was a student. Good, perhaps next year I can make more of it.

Fifth lecture Quantum Transport

On Friday, we have finished with the quantum circuit theories covering spin transport and transmission distribution. I was reasonably satisfied with the results, there was some interaction with the audience.

I’ve just began the Coulomb blockade: looks like I’ve circumvented half-lecture shift and will have to plan an extra lecture.

Fourth lecture Quantum Transport

was about extra conservation laws in quantum mechanics as compared to classical one, magic mirrors that permit to look through the self-averaging, templates of theories … We have started circuit theory of transmission distribution.

I’m still having half-lecture shift, this is annoying, yet I still do not have an opportunoty to change the situation.

Third lecture Quantum Transport

was half-inteference, half-restoration of Ohm’s law – I still keep half-lecture shift. The advantage of this was that I could repeat the double junction that plays a key role in both topics. It occurred to me that the audience was more active than in former years at the interference part – good, but less active for Ohm’s law. Was I too monotonic for the second half of the lecture or the student’s tastes fluctuate from year to year?

Second lecture Quantum Transport

was on Friday. I was supposed to start with the interference. However, there was a sweet topic of counting statistics left from the first lecture. Since I liked the topic, and since one needs to brush some probability analysis to understand the issue, it went slower than expected. So I’ve managed to do only a half of the interference lecture. Well, this is rather inconvenient – to have a half-lecture shift, but I do not want at the moment to make the shift integer 🙂

First lecture Quantum Transport

has happened today. I was pleased with the number of students: it is significantly higher than year ago. Yet in comparison with the former generation the students looked kind of shy being not eager to respond on my questions and provocations. Perhaps early morning is to blame. Nevertheless, I reacted by going slower. We did not even touch counting statistics: left for the future).

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