Courses Catalogue

Physics Of Materials I

COURSE CODE: PHY7111
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Physics, M.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

Topics covered are crystal structure and bonding, free electron theory; lattice dynamics; periodic potentials and energy bands; physics of semiconductors and superconductivity

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

To develop knowledge for materials at the extreme ends of the conductivity range, i.e. insulators and superconductors and to provide students with an understanding of the characteristics and properties of common materials

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe theoretical concepts of Physics of Materials
  • Develop knowledge of material response to electrical fields, i.e. polarisation and conduction in dielectrics. –
  • Introduce to the students magnetic materials, their processing techniques and applications.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

 A student completing the course is expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Crystal structure, electron transport and classification of solids.
  • Aspects of these materials and the metallurgy involved in the production of special electrical materials
  • Material response to electric and magnetic fields
  • Applications and advantages of high temperature superconducting materials
  • Measurement of electrical properties of materials
  • Structure and composition to material magnetic properties
  • Materials structure and properties
  • Selection suitable materials for engineering applications
  • Theories related to superconducting materials