Spring 2019

Physics 460: Solid-State Physics


    Final Exam
    The take-home exam was handed out in class on Wednesday, May 1. It is due 4pm Friday, May 3. Open book, open notes. No group work allowed.

    Student projects
    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 d2l

    Office hours: Tuesday 3-4pm, Thursday 2-4pm, or contact me

    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.

    HW1.1 HW1.2 HW2 HW3 HW4 HW5 HW6 HW7 HW8 HW9
    Midterm 1 Midterm 2

    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: (Anti)Ferromagnetism
    Lec 19: Superconductivity I: Introduction
    Lec 20: Superconductivity II: Ginzburg-Landau theory
    Lec 21: Superconductivity III: Persistent currents

    Course description
    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.).

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