was handed out in class on Wednesday, May 1.
It is due 4pm Friday, May 3. Open book, open notes. No group work allowed.
Each student will investigate a special topic in condensed matter physics to be agreed
upon with the instructor, and present their findings in a 15-minute oral presentation
(worth 20% of course grade!).
Presentation schedule: 4-5pm Tuesday, April 30 in PAS 218; 10:30am-12:30pm Friday, May 3 in PAS 414.
Grade info available at
Office hours: Tuesday 3-4pm, Thursday 2-4pm, or
HW1 due in class, Friday, Jan. 25.
HW2 due in class, Wednesday, Feb. 6 (deadline extended!).
HW3 due in class, Wednesday, Feb. 13 (note change of date!).
HW4 due in class, Friday, March 1 (deadline extended!).
HW5 due in class, Wednesday, March 13: Kittel 3.2, 3.5, 3.6.
HW6 due in class, Friday, March 22.
HW7 due in class, Friday, March 29.
HW8 due in class, Wednesday, April 17.
HW9 due in class, Friday, April 26: Kittel 10.3, 10.4.
Lecture notes: (under construction)
Lec 1: Meissner effect
Lec 2: Classical theory of electrons in metals
Lec 3: Electrons in metals: Fermi gas model
Lec 4: Boltzmann equation I
Lec 5: Boltzmann equation II
Lec 6: Quantum transport
Lec 7: The Quantum Hall Effect
Topological derivation of IQHE
Lec 8: Crystal structure (reading list)
Lec 9: The reciprocal lattice
Lec 10: X-Ray diffraction; Crystal cohesion
Lec 11: Electrons in a periodic potential
Lec 12: Band theory II: Nearly free electrons
Lec 13: Band theory III: Tight binding approximation
Lec 14: Semiconductors I
Lec 15: Semiconductors II
Lec 15.2: Semiconductor devices
Lec 16: Crystal vibrations I: Classical theory
Lec 17: Phonons: Quantum theory of crystal vibrations
Lec 18: Phonons: Thermal properties
Lec 19: Superconductivity I: Introduction
Lec 20: Superconductivity II: Ginzburg-Landau theory
Lec 21: Superconductivity III: Persistent currents
Schedule of topics, readings, and exams
This course provides an introduction to condensed matter physics, with an emphasis on the central phenomena observed experimentally and utilized in modern
technology. Theoretical explanations are given in terms of fundamental theorems and illustrated with simple models based on quantum mechanics and statistical physics. The topics covered correspond to Chapters 1-10, 12, and 18 in Kittel (8th Ed.).