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

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