PHYS 5510 - Solid-State Physics I

Department of Physics & Astronomy
Spring Semester 2018

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Important Handouts & Homework (in PDF):

  1. icon Syllabus
  2. icon Homework #1      HW #1 Solutions
  3. icon Homework #2      HW #2 Solutions
  4. icon Homework #3      HW #3 Solutions
  5. icon Homework #4      HW #4 Solutions


Course Description:

Introductory survey of solid-state physics. Topics covered bonding and mechanical properties of solids; crystal structure, diffraction techniques, reciprocal space; thermal properties, Bose-Einstein statistics of phonons; electrical properties in free electron approximation; electron in periodic potentials, Bloch theorem, electronic band structure, insulators, conductors and semi-conductors; electron - electron interactions, Thomas-Fermi screening, many-particle wave functions, Hartree-Fock approximation; magnetic properties of solids. Recommended Prerequisites: CHEM 3060 AND PHYS 3740.