PHY 810: Advanced
Solid State Physics


Course Description:

This is a graduate level course in solid state physics: the goal is to address many-body effects in solid state systems, with a particular focus on electronic properties. The exact topics covered depend on the instructor and the interests of the students, but typically may include
Substantial background in quantum mechanics is assumed, and some familiarity with elementary solid-state physics is helpful. "Second quantized" notation is introduced in the first class and then is used extensively, but no field theory or Green function formalism is used (note that the course catalog description is out of date in this regard) - the focus is on physical phenomenon rather than theoretical techniques.

Prof. Harold U. Baranger
Prerequisites: A good quantum mechanics course is essential, such as our 764 or a two semester undergraduate sequence (like 464-465). In addition, some prior study of solid state physics at the undergraduate level is desirable (but not essential)-- familiarity with the notion of a Fermi sea and a Fermi surface will be assumed, for instance. Students who are interested in taking the course but have not taken these prerequisites are encouraged to contact the instructor to discuss their situation-- the course has been successfully completed by students who have studied only part of the prerequisite material.

Assessment (ie. grades):
There are no exams in this class. The grade is based on homework problems, a final paper,
group presentations to the class, in-class problem sessions, and classroom participation. More specifically, the breakdown is as follows:
Last modified 01/10/2017 by Harold Baranger