7510:  Advanced Solid State Physics I

Class

Date

Subject/Lecture notes

Reading

Homework

Due
Solutions

1

Mon Jan 8

Introduction: mesoscopic systems, 2D electron gas, Drude conduction

S. Datta, chapter I

2

Wed Jan 10

Diffusion vs. drift in electric conduction

Experiment: diffusion in wires

#1

3

Wed Jan 17

Ballistic transport, quantum wires

Quantum point contacts

#2

 Homework #1

 #1

4

Mon Jan 22

Quantum dots, Coulomb blockade

Review paper (pp. 1-28)

 

 

5

Wed Jan 24

Coulomb blockade: problems

Equivalent circuit model

#3

Homework #2

 #2

6

Mon Jan 29

Interference effects, Aharonov-Bohm effect

Weak localization

Aharonov-Bohm effect (review)

  

 

 

7

Wed Jan 31

Weak localization vs anti-localization, Spin-orbit coupling

  

#4

Homework #3

 #3

8

Mon Feb 5

Localization in one dimension

Disordered electronic systems (pp. 288-294)

 

 

 

9

Wed Feb 7

Thouless picture of conduction, scaling theory

 

#5
Homework #4 
 #4 

10

Mon Feb 12

Metal-insulator transition

 

 

 

 

11

Wed Feb 14

Wigner crystals, elementary excitations

 

 #6

Homework #5 

 #5

12

Wed Feb 21

Phenomenon of superconductity,

Cooper pairing

J. Schrieffer, from Chs.1-2

 #7

Homework #6 

  #6

13

Mon Feb 26

Origin of Cooper pairing, phonons,

Jellium model

 De Gennes, Chapter 4

 

  

 

14

Wed Feb 28

1st kind superconductors, intermediate state, London equation, penetration depth

De Gennes, Chapter 2

#8

Homework #7 

 #7 

15

Mon Mar 5

Ginzburg-Landau equation

Tinkham, Chapter 4

  

 

 

16

Wed Mar 7

2nd kind superconductors, mixed state,

Vortices

Tinkham, Chapter 4(cont.)

#9

 

 

Mon Mar 12

Midterm

 

 

Homework #8 

#8

17

Wed Mar 14

Superconductivity in one dimension

(experimental presentation)

 

 

 

 

18

Mon Mar 26

Midterm analysis

Solutions

 

 

 

19

Wed Mar 28

Vortices, Long-range order in two dimensions

 

#10

Homework #9 

#9

20

Mon Apr 2

Interaction of vortices, Abrikosov state

Tinkham, from Chapter 5

 

 

 

21

Wed Apr 4

Kosterlitz-Thouless transition; melting of two-dimensional crystals

 

#11

Homework #10 

#10

22

Mon Apr 9

Quantum Hall effect; Landau levels

Datta, from Chapter 1

 

 

 

23

Wed Apr 11

Origin of QHE, edge states

Datta, from Chapter 4

#12

Homework #11 

#11

24

Mon Apr 16

Semiclassical approach to transport:

Boltzmann equation

Halperin’s paper (1982)

 

 

 

25

Wed Apr 18

Gauge invariance and QHE, fractional QHE

Stormer (Nobel lecture)

#13

Homework #12 

#12

26

Mon Apr 23

Detection of FQHE fractional charges by current fluctuations

De-Picciotto et.al experiment

 

 

 

27

Wed Apr 25

Current fluctuations in mesoscopic systems

Oberholzer experiment on quantum dots & review paper

 

 

 

Mon Apr 30

Final Test

 

 

Homework #13

  


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