Degree course: 
Corso di Second cycle degree in PHYSICS
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Academic year in which the course will be held: 
Course type: 
Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class
Second semester
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Lesson (48 hours)

Basic knowledge of classical electromagnetism (provided by the Electromagnetism course). However, no preparatory requests are required.

Final Examination: 

The exam is oral and is based initially on the discussion of the report containing the exercises that have been assigned during the course. This allows a first verification of knowledge, of the ability to apply them to reproduce some known results and of the ability to write a text. Subsequently, questions are asked on some specific topics covered during the course, for which a general framework is asked and the ability to derive the mathematical formulas that describe the phenomenon. The ability to understand some research articles that have been discussed during the course is also verified.

Voto Finale

The aim of the course is to introduce the student to the functioning principles of metamaterials and their applications.
During the course exercises are assigned that allow students to check the level of knowledge achieved. In addition, these exercises sometimes require the use of calculation software such as Matlab, databases on the net and the study of fundamental articles in English.
At the end of the course these exercises are organized in a written report which constitutes the starting point of the exam.
The autonomy of judgment is also expressed in the evaluation of teaching by filling in the prepared questionnaires.
At the end of the course the student will have acquired the techniques on which the so-called "effective medium theories" are based and will therefore be able to calculate the effective parameters of different metamaterials. In addition, the student will be able to give a physical explanation of the unusual phenomena that occur in materials with a negative refractive index.

The first part of the course (20 h) is dedicated to a review of the fundamental concepts of electromagnetism, in particular those concerning the interaction between an electromagnetic wave and a material, insulator or metal.

W. Cai and V. Shalaev, Optical Metamaterials - Fundamentals and applications, Springer 2010

Notes provided by the teacher


The lessons, in which the theoretical concepts of the course are introduced, are frontal.
The teacher holds the lesson on the blackboard or on the electronic blackboard, introducing the different topics and performing calculations and demonstrations.

The teacher receives the students by appointment by writing to