Solid-State Physics I
An introduction to the properties of solids. Theory of free electrons--classical and quantum. Crystal structure and methods of determination. Electron energy levels in a crystal: weak potential and tight-binding limits. Classification of solids--metals, semiconductors and insulators. Types of bonding and cohesion in crystals. Lattice dynamics, phonon spectra and thermal properties of harmonic crystals.
Sample reading list:
Ashcroft & Mermin, Solid State Physics
Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics
Ziman, The Theory of Solids
Weekly reading and homework assignments.
Mid Term Exam - 25%
Final Exam - 50%
Problem set(s) - 25%
Course is required for concentrators
Not Open to Freshmen.
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
ELE 342 or PHY 208 and PHY 305 or Permission Of Instructor..
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