Coursebooks 2017-2018

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Solid state physics III

PHYS-419

Lecturer(s) :

Mila Frédéric

Language:

English

Summary

The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the theory of a few remarkable phenomena of condensed matter physics ranging from the Quantum Hall effects to superconductivity.

Content

Magnetism of insulators

 

- Review of band theory
- Mott insulators and Hubbard model
- Heisenberg model
- Spin-wave theory of ferromagnets and antiferromagnets

 

Orbital magnetism of metals and semiconductors

 

- Landau levels
- De Haas-Van Alphen and Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations
- 2D electron gas: Integer and fractional Quantum Hall effects

 

Theory of superconductivity

 

- Electron-phonon interaction
- BCS theory
- Landau-Ginsburg theory
- Flux quantization and Josephson effect

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Good grasp of quantum mechanics and solid state physics say at the level of "Lectures on quantum mechanics" by Gordon Baym and "Solid state physics" by Ashcroft and Mermin

Learning Outcomes

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

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

Ex cathedra. Exercises in class

Assessment methods

Oral exam. Optional presentations during the semester giving the right to choose the first topic of the oral exam.

Resources

Bibliography

Lecture notes

Prerequisite for

Solid state physics IV

In the programs

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9 CM1106   
9-10    
10-11     
11-12     
12-13  CE1104  
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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  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German