# Introduction to Solid State Physics

Course Code : | 1002WETIVS |

Study domain: | Physics |

Academic year: | 2017-2018 |

Semester: | 1st semester |

Sequentiality: | Credit for Math. methods for physics I, II & III, Gen. physics I, II & III, Experimental physics I & II, Introduction analytical mechanics, and Structure of solids. |

Contact hours: | 60 |

Credits: | 6 |

Study load (hours): | 168 |

Contract restrictions: | No contract restriction |

Language of instruction: | Dutch |

Exam period: | exam in the 1st semester |

Lecturer(s) | Dirk Lamoen |

### 1. Prerequisites *

an active knowledge of

- Dutch

- English

The student should be familiar with the basic concepts of (theoretical) physics in particular of quantum mechanics and statistical physics. The student should also have a basic knowledge of crystallography and chemistry.

### 2. Learning outcomes *

- Student should be able to define concepts like phonons, Fermi gas, ... and give the necessary mathematical expressions.
- Student should be able to apply these concepts in solving simple problems.
- Students should be able to make the link between the experimental results and the mathematical description.
- Students should always have a critical attitude towards the obtained results and the used mathematical/physical models. Students know the limitations of the models.
- Students know how to use a handbook to study solid state physics.

### 3. Course contents *

This course introduces some basic but important concepts of the theory of crystalline solids, with a strong emphasis on the electronic and vibrational properties. The need of a quantum mechanical description of many of the introduced phenomena is demonstrated. The students will master the introduced concepts by solving simple problems.

The following topics are discussed :

1. Crystal structure : basic concepts from crystallography.

2. Brillouin zones

3. Crystal binding

4. Introduction to the theory of elasticity

5. Lattice vibrations, phonons

6. Free electron Fermi gas.

7. Energy bands : Bloch theorem, band gap, ...

8. Insulators, semiconductors, metals

9. Transport propertties in semiconductors

10. Magnetism

11. Plasmons, polaritons

### 4 International dimension*

The course has an international dimension.

### 5. Teaching method and planned learning activities

Personal work

Directed self-study

### 6. Assessment method and criteria

### 7. Study material *

#### 7.1 Required reading

Handboek: Introduction to Solid State Physics, door C. Kittel, 8e edition, J. Wiley & Sons, New York, 2004.

**7.2 Optional reading**

The following study material can be studied voluntarily :- 'Principles of the Theory of Solids', J.M. Ziman, CambridgeUniversity Press,1964.
- 'SolidState Physics', N.A. Ashcroft and N.D. Mermin, HarcourtCollege Publishers, 1976.
- 'Condensed Matter Physics', M.P. Marder, J. Wiley & Sons, 2000.

### 8. Contact information *

D. Lamoen

EMAT, Departement Fysica, lokaal U413

Campus Groenenborger

Groenenborgerlaan 171

2020 Antwerpen

telefoon : 32-3-2653316

fax : 32-3-2653318

email : Dirk.Lamoen@uantwerpen.be