NWI-NM009B
Solid State Physics
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-NM009B
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; Wiskunde, Natuur- en Sterrenkunde;
Lecturer(s)
Coordinator
dr. S.R. Wiedmann
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Lecturer
dr. S.R. Wiedmann
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Contactperson for the course
dr. S.R. Wiedmann
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Examiner
dr. S.R. Wiedmann
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Academic year2019
Period
KW1-KW2  (02/09/2019 to 02/02/2020)
Starting block
KW1
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
After completing the course, the student is able to understand the fundamental optical, transport, magnetic and superconducting properties and concepts in solid state physics. In detail,
  • the student is able to understand the band structure of solid state materials and derive their electronic and optical properties
  • the student is able to understand the electronic properties of solids and is able to apply the concepts of transport theory
  • the student has acquired a fundamental understanding of collective quantum phenomena in solids such as magnetism and superconductivity
  • the student is able to understand how the fundamental properties of solids can be experimentally determined
Each student will give a short (10 min) presentation on a topic related to the course. The content will be discussed afterwards with the audience. He/she will also prepare a short written summary of the presentation in the form of a handout.
 
Content
This course gives a broad and basic introduction to solid state physics, one of the major pillars of modern physics. The student acquires knowledge on the fundamental concepts of solid state physics based on principles from mechanics, electrodynamics, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics and statistical physics. During the course, the student will also be introduced to experimental techniques in the field of solid state physics and recent literature on emerging materials will also be discussed.

Description:
  • Electronic band structure of solids
    • Energy bands in solids (approximations and models)
    • Fermi surfaces
  • Semiconductors and devices
    • doped semiconductors
    • inhomogeneous semiconductors
    • semiconductor devices: diodes, solar cells, bipolar transistor, MOSFET
    • transport phenomena in two-dimensional systems
  • Transport phenomena in solids
    • semi-classical picture
    • Drude-Boltzmann transport
  • Quantum effects in a magnetic field
    • Shubnikov-de Haas and de Haas-van Alphen effect
    • measurements of the band structure (Fermiology)
  • Introduction to magnetism
    • Paramagnetism and diamagnetism
    • Ferromagnetism (ferromagnetic order, exchange interaction, magnons, domain structures)
    • Ferrimagnetism and antiferromagnetism
    • devices: GMR
  • Introduction to superconductivity
    • Fundamentals
    • BCS theory
    • high-temperature superconductivity
    • Josephson effects
  • Dielectric and optical properties
    • Plasmons, polaritons and polarons
    • ferroelectrics
    • optical reflectance
    • excitons
Level

Presumed foreknowledge
Bachelor in Physics.
  • Structuur der Materie - Vaste Stoffysica (or comparable introductory course to Solid State Physics)
  • Kwantummechanica 1a, 1b & 2
  • Statistische Mechanica
  • Test information
    Written exam
    Specifics

    Test information
    Written exam

    Prerequisites
    Bachelor in Physics.

    • Structuur der Materie - Vaste Stoffysica (or comparable introductory course to Solid State Physics)
    • Kwantummechanica 1a, 1b & 2
    • Statistische Mechanica

    Required materials
    Reader
    lecture notes, slides and Oxford Master Series in Physics, see Literature

    Recommended materials
    Book
    Harald Ibach and Hans Lüth, Solid-State Physics, 4th edition, Springer
    ISBN:9783540938033
    Book
    Charles Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics, Wiley
    ISBN:978-0471415268
    Book
    Neil W. Ashcroft, Solid State Physics
    ISBN:978-8131500521

    Instructional modes
    Course occurrence

    Lecture

    Tutorial

    Tests
    Exam
    Test weight1
    Test typeExam
    OpportunitiesBlock KW2, Block KW3