Coursebooks 2016-2017

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Solid state physics II

PHYS-310

Lecturer(s) :

Yazyev Oleg

Language:

English

Summary

This course gives an introduction into Solid State Physics (crystal structure of materials, electronic and magnetic properties, thermal and electronic transport). The course material is at the level of Ashcroft & Mermin and is addressed to the 3rd year students in Physics.

Content

Electrons in periodic potential (cont.): tight-binding approximation, Fermi surfaces and band structures of selected elements.

Dynamics of electrons in periodic potential: semiclassical model, electrical conductivity, concept of hole charge carriers and effective mass, dynamics in presence of magnetic field.

Lattice vibrations and thermal properties: vibrational modes within harmonic approximation, phonons, specific heat, anharmonic effects, thermal expansion, heat conductivity.

Semiconductors: general properties and band structures, impurities, intrinsic and doped semiconductors, concept of hole charge carriers and effective mass, optical adsorption and excitons, p-n junctions, light-emitting diods, photovoltaic cells, transistors, elements of quantum confinement and quantum transport.

Magnetism: magnetic susceptibility, magnetic Hamiltonian of an isolated ion, ferromagnetism and antiferromagnetism, Heisenberg exchange interaction, mean-field theory, itinerant magnetism, magnetocrystalline anisotropy, magnetic domains and domain walls.

Superconductivity: history of discovery and classification, electric, magnetic and thermal phenomenology, London theory, elements of the BCS theory.

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

Solid State Physics I

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 or French

Resources

Bibliography

Lecture notes available on the Moodle webpage

' N.W. Ashcroft and N.D. Mermin, Solid State Physics, Holt Saunders Int. Ed. 1976, Physique des Solides, EDP-Sciences 2002

' Ch. Kittel, Physique de l'état solide, Dunod 2005

Ressources en bibliothèque
Moodle Link

Prerequisite for

Solid State Physics III, IV

In the programs

  • Physics, 2016-2017, Bachelor semester 6
    • Semester
      Spring
    • Exam form
      Written
    • Credits
      5
    • Subject examined
      Solid state physics II
    • Lecture
      3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

MoTuWeThFr
8-9
9-10
10-11
11-12 CM1121
12-13
13-14 CE2
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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  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German