Coursebooks

Solid state physics I

PHYS-309

Lecturer(s) :

Rønnow Henrik Moodysson

Language:

English

Summary

This lecture gives an introduction to Solid State Physics, namely to their crystal and electronic structure, their magnetic properties, as well as to their thermal and electric conductance. The level is that of Ashcroft & Mermin. The lecture is conceived for Physics Students in their 3rd year.

Content

The Drude model of metals: DC electrical conductivity, Hall effect, AC electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity.

 

The Fermi free electron gas: ground-state and thermal properties of the free electron gas, Pauli paramagnetism, Sommerfelf theory of conduction in metals.

 

Lattice dynamics: normal modes of a monoatomic Bravais lattice in 1 and 3 dimensions, 3-dimensional lattice with a basis, quantification of elastic waves, neutron scattering by a crystal.

 

Thermal properties in relation with phonon: specific heat of the lattice, models of Debye and Einstein, anharmonic effects.

 

The lecture is accompanied by an introduction to crystallography in real and reciprocal space, and we introduce Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein statistics. The first subject is treated in much more detail in a specialized lecture which, we highly recommend. The second is treated in the second semester of the lecture on statistical Physics.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

Ex cathedra and exercises in class

Assessment methods

Written exam in English (100%), answers in French allowed

Prerequisite for

Solid State Physics III, IV

In the programs

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9     
9-10MA B1 11    
10-11    
11-12MA B1 11    
12-13     
13-14     
14-15     
15-16     
16-17     
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     
 
      Lecture
      Exercise, TP
      Project, other

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  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German