Course Code

P306

Credit

8

Total Hours

42 Lectures + 14 Tutorials

Outcome of the Course

This is the first course in condensed matter physics and draws on quantum and statistical mechanics to provide a foundation in basic concepts and techniques required to tackle advanced courses in the area of solid state physics.

Approval

Syllabus

- General introduction, Drude and Sommerfeld model
- Crystal structure; x-ray diffraction
- Cohesive energy
- Blochs theorem; Band theory nearly free electrons; tight binding approximation; semi-classical dynamics of electrons in a band; motion of electrons in super-lattices
- Semiconductors
- Thermal properties of insulators; phonons
- Landau levels - de Hass van alphen effect and integer quantum hall effect
- Magnetism
- Superconductivity

Reference Books

- Introduction to Solid State Physics by C. Kittel
- Solid State Physics by N. Ashcroft and N. D. Mermin
- Solid-State Physics by M.N.Rosenberg
- Solid State Physics by G. Burns