Solid State And Crystal Physics
Solid State Physics provides the basis for the most important
technological advances of the 20th century.
It also provides a wide range of opportunities to ‘see’ the effects of
Quantum Physics in action. Specific topics include: Free electron model of
metals, Bloch states and energy bands, reciprocal space and the Fermi surface,
electron dynamics, Landau levels, crystal structure, Brillouin zones,
elementary diffraction theory, bonding, cohesive processes, impurity states,
impurity conductivity, lattice vibration, monatomic and diatomic chain,
acoustic and optic phonons, Einstein and Debye models, dielectric effects,
basics of superconductivity.
The course aims to
apply theories of classical and quantum physics in order to investigate how
atoms interact in condensed matter and how crystalline solids are formed.
By the end of this
course, the student should be able to:
- Explain behavior of electrons in metals and
semiconductors, superconductivity, magnetic and optical properties of
- Show their understanding of these topics and
their underlying concepts by solving problems using a variety of
- Give a detailed treatment of the quantum theory
- Introduce the student to the foundation theory of
solid state electronic devices.
completing the course is expected to:
Have some understanding of why condensed matter
physics is interesting and important to society
- explain and predict a wide
range of the important properties of materials such as bonding, magnetism,
- explain how certain
experimental data has led to the development of the basic theories of
condensed matter physics and the boundaries of the applicability of these
- be equipped to go deeper into
condensed matter physics either by further advanced courses or research