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.
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.
Band structure of ideal semiconductor. Density of states and electronic/hole densities in conduction/valence band. Intrinsic carrier density. Doped semiconductors..
Definitions of dia, para, ferromagnetism. magnetic moments. General treatment of paramagnetism, Curie's law. Introduction to ferromagnetism.
This module appears in:
- Physical Sciences Stage 2/3/4
- STMS Undergradute Stage 2 & 3
27 hours lectures and workshop/revision sessions.
This module is expected to occupy 150 total study hours, including the contact hours above.
This is not available as a wild module.
Method of assessment
Examination 70%, Coursework 30% (including class tests and/or Moodle tests).
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.