Solid State Physics - PH606

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Spring
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6 15 (7.5) DR E Pugh

Pre-requisites

PH300, PH321, PH323 and PH502.

Restrictions

None

2017-18

Overview

To provide an introduction to solid state physics. To provide foundations for the further study of materials and condensed matter, and details of solid state electronic and opto-electronic devices.
Structure
  • Interaction potential for atoms and ions. Definitions, crystal types. Miller indices. reciprocal lattice. Diffraction methods.
    Dynamics of Vibrations
  • Lattice dynamics, phonon dispersion curves, experimental techniques.
  • Electrons in k-space: metals
  • Free electron theory of metals. Density of states. Fermi-Dirac distribution. Band theory of solids - Bloch's theorem. Distinction between metals and insulators. electrical conductivity according to classical and quantum theory. Hall effect.
  • Semiconductors
  • Band structure of ideal semiconductor. Density of states and electronic/hole densities in conduction/valence band. Intrinsic carrier density. Doped semiconductors..
    Magnetism
  • Definitions of dia, para, ferromagnetism. magnetic moments. General treatment of paramagnetism, Curie's law. Introduction to ferromagnetism.
  • Details

    This module appears in:


    Contact hours

    27 hours lectures and workshop/revision sessions.
    This module is expected to occupy 150 total study hours, including the contact hours above.

    Availability

    This is not available as a wild module.

    Method of assessment

    Examination 70%, Coursework 30% (including class tests and/or Moodle tests).

    Preliminary reading

    Recommended Text:

  • Hook & Hall, Solid State Physics, Wiley [QC176]
    Additional texts:
  • Kittel, Solid State Physics (7th Ed), Wiley, 1996 [QC176]
  • Ashcroft & Mermin, Solid State Physics, Holt-Saunders [QC176]

    See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

    See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

  • Learning outcomes

  • Knowledge and understanding of physical laws and principles in Solid State Physics, and their application to diverse areas of physics.
  • An ability to identify relevant principles and laws when dealing with problems in Solid State Physics, and to make approximations necessary to obtain solutions.
  • An ability to solve problems in Solid State Physics using appropriate mathematical tools.
  • An ability to use mathematical techniques and analysis to model physical behaviour in Solid State Physics.
  • An ability to present and interpret information graphically.
  • An ability to make use of appropriate texts, research-based materials or other learning resources as part of managing their own learning.
  • Problem-solving skills, in the context of both problems with well-defined solutions and open-ended problems. Numeracy is subsumed within this area.
  • Analytical skills – associated with the need to pay attention to detail and to develop an ability to manipulate precise and intricate ideas, to construct logical arguments and to use technical language correctly.

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