PHYS-309 / 3 credits
Teacher: Rønnow Henrik Moodysson
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 the book by Ashcroft & Mermin. The lecture is for Physics Students in their 3rd year
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.
Electrons in a periodic potential: the emergence of electronic bands, Bloch's theorem, distinction between metals and insulators, strong coupling approximation.
Dynamics of band-electrons: conductivity, effects of magnetic fields
The lecture is accompanied by an introduction to crystallography in real and reciprocal space.
By the end of the course, the student must be able to:
- Sketch the lattice in real and reciprocal space
- Argue about the number of k-points in the first Brillouin zone
- Compute the electrical conductivity
- Compute the specific heat of electrons
- Explain Bloch's theorem
- Explain Fermi energy and fermi sea
- Use a work methodology appropriate to the task.
- Communicate effectively with professionals from other disciplines.
Ex cathedra and exercises in class
Polycopies in French on moodle
Ascroft and Mermin: Solid State Physics
Ressources en bibliothèque
Solid State Physics II, III and IV