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Physics 412: Solid State Physics


Course Outline

Basics: Atomic bonding in solids, crystal structure, reciprocal space

Metals: Free electron model, Bloch’s theorem, band theory, tight binding, scattering

Transport: electrical and thermal, thermoelectric effects, static magnetic fields

Semiconductors: basic theory, junctions

Lattice vibrations: classical and QM theory, inelastic scattering, anharmonicity, dielectrics and optical properties

Magnetism: general overview, ESR, de Haas-van Alphen effect, excitations



Lectures Tu Th 10:50 - 12:05 PM

Homework (34%)

First term exam (33%)

Second term exam (33%)

Text: Charles Kittel, Introduction to solid state physics


All information is representative only, and is likely to change from year to year.