Objectives:

The main purpose of the focus group on low-dimensional systems and nanostructures is to promote interaction and collaboration among members (as well as their graduate students and postdoctors) of this group towards possible integration of the available research methods as well as manpower in exploring low-dimensional systems and nanostructures. In spite of a great diversity of the systems covered by the low-dimensional systems and nanostructures, the focuses of the group are mainly on, but not restricted to, the physical properties of nanostructures, e.g. the carbon related nanostructures, and their confinements in a 2D potential, e.g. the assembly of nanoparticles on surfaces or trapped atoms in a 2D optical lattice. The formation of this focus group was especially urged by the previously already existing collaborations between some participants of the group to activate a wider and stronger scope of interactions through both regular and well-designed meetings.

 

Outlines of activities:

The supported budget for this focus group is 500K TWD. As this is the first year of the focus group, some of the activities are designed to promote interactions between the researchers in the field. The activities held by the group include 1) either regular talks or a series of talks on a focused topic 2) study-group meetings on specialized topics 3) mini-school 4) workshops 5) short-term visitors. The subjects of the workshops and mini-school have attracted many more interested participants than we originally expected. The group members benefit much from the enthusiastic discussions in the meetings. Due to the limit on both time and budget, extension of the interactions and possible collaboration with distinguished overseas groups will be one of the objectives of the group in the next year. The activities are summarized in the following:

 

Short-term visitors

Four short-term visitors to the NCTS(South) were offered to promote interactions and collaboration between members of the group. Two are in the field of nanocarbon systems, i.e. Cheng-Peng Chang of Tainan Woman's College of Arts & Technology and Rong-Bin Chen of National Kaohsiung Marine Univ. , and the other two are in the field of quantum transport theory for nanosystems, i.e. Yueh-Nan Chen of Nat'l Chiao-Tung Univ. and Shih-Jye Sun of Nat'l Univ. of Kaohsiung while the former (YN Chen) also specializes in applying nanoscale systems to the possible implementations of quantum computers. Their visiting time was focused in July and August in order to promote intensive interactions and establish possible collaboration.

 

Workshop of “Low-dimensional nanomaterial physics for Young researchers”

We have held a workshop of “Low-dimensional nanomaterial physics for Young researchers” (organized by Min-Fa Lin) to provide the opportunities for young researchers in this field, not restricted to the theoretical ones, to get to know each other's works and establish possible links. Seventeen speakers were invited from groups all over the country which work on Low-dimensional and nanomaterials in this two-day workshop while the number of participants went up to 86 as many members in the speakers' research groups also took part in the meeting. The workshop therefore provides a great opportunity of exchanging research ideas and methods between different groups in this field.

 

Nanocarbon workshop

A.“ Nanocarbon workshop ” (organized by Min-Fa Lin) will be held in early September. Sixteen invited speakers, including both experimental and theoretical ones, whose expertise is on the nanocarbon systems will present their latest research products. The emphasis is not only on the interactions between theoretical researchers of the field but also on those between the experimental and theoretical ones as strong interactions and possible collaboration between the experimental and theoretical workers usually leads to high-quality works.

 

Mini-school on photonic crystal

There have been regular study-group meetings on the topic of photonic crystals for a few months and they called for a “ Mini-school on photonic crystal ” (organized by Tsan-Chuen Leung) that was held in mid-August. The school consists of four one-hour lectures given by prof. Pi-Gang Luan (Nat'l Center Univ.) distributed in two half-day sessions which allows participants to have chances of discussions in between as well as with the lecturer. This mini-school, to our surprise, has attracted more than one hundred registrations. The four lectures have been designed to cover subjects from introductory and necessary background materials to the in-depth discussions of the latest research topics in the field, e.g. the fundamental theory and debates for the systems with negative refraction index and their possible applications through nanoscale systems.

 

Committee members:

Min-Fa Lin (coordinator) Nat'l Cheng Kung Univ.
Ching Cheng Nat'l Cheng Kung Univ.
Tsan-Chuen Leung Nat'l Chung Cheng Univ.
Shiow-Fon Tsay (Nat'l Sun Yat-sen Univ.

 

Members of the focus group

林明發 (coordinator)

Min-Fa Lin

成功大學物理系

mflin@mail.ncku.edu.tw

張振鵬

C. P. Chang

台南女子技術學院通識中心

t00252@ms.twcat.edu.tw

陳榮斌

R. B. Chen

高雄海洋大學通識中心

rbchen@mail.nkmu.edu.tw

鄭靜

Ching Cheng

成功大學物理系

ccheng@phys.ncku.edu.tw

李進榮

Chin-Rong Lee

中正大學物理系

phycrl@ccu.edu.tw

李道聖

T. S. Li

崑山科技大學電機系

tsli@mail.ksut.edu.tw

梁贊全

Tsan-Chuen Leung

中正大學物理系

tcleung@phy.ccu.edu.tw

林財鈺

Chai-Yu Lin

中正大學物理系

lincy@phy.ccu.edu.tw

盧炎田

Yin-Tin Lu

成功大學物理系

ytlu@mail.ncku.edu.tw

徐鳳麟

F. L. Shyu

陸軍軍官學校物理系

fl.shyu@msa.hinet.net

蘇旺昌

Wang-Chang Su

中正大學物理系

suw@phy.ccu.edu.tw

孫士傑

Shih-Jye. Sun

高雄大學應物系

sjs@nuk.edu.tw

吳欣澤

Shin-Tza Wu

中正大學物理系

stwu@phy.ccu.edu.tw

蔡炎熾

Yan-Chr Tsai

中正大學物理系

tyan@phy.ccu.edu.tw

蔡秀芬

Shiow-Fon Tsay

中山大學物理系

tsaysf@mail.nsysu.edu.tw