Electrons in crystals: Bloch electrons; metals, insulators and semiconductors; effective mass approximation.
Semiconductors: doping; p-n junctions; optical absorption; Zener tunneling.
Metals: semiclassical theory of electrons in metals; Landau diamagnetism and Pauli paramagnetism.
Lattice vibrations (phonons): acoustic and optical phonons; lattice vs. electronic specific heat.
Electron transport: Drude model of conductivity and the relaxation time approximation; Boltzman equation.
Special topics: Quantum Hall effect, nanotubes, weak localization (possibly).
I will rely on quantum statistics (fermions, bosons) = Statistical Mechanics (PHY 203)
and quantum mechanics (Fermi golden rule, basic scattering theory) = Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics I, II (PHY 211, 212).
No prior knowledge in Solid State Physics is required.
The main textbook:
Ashcroft and Mermin, Solid State Physics,
Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics (easy), Quantum Theory of Solids (advanced).
Problem sets (40%) and final exam (60%).
Sunday, December 13 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Prepared for Fall 2009, last updated: 2-Sept-2009