Course Code : | 1400WETIV1 |

Study domain: | Physics |

Academic year: | 2019-2020 |

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: | 30 |

Credits: | 3 |

Study load (hours): | 84 |

Contract restrictions: | No contract restriction |

Language of instruction: | Dutch |

Exam period: | exam in the 1st semester |

Lecturer(s) | Dirk Lamoen |

At the start of this course the student should have acquired the following competences:

an active knowledge of

an active knowledge of

- Dutch

- English

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

- 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.

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 :

- Crystal structure : basic concepts from crystallography.
- Brillouin zones
- Crystal binding
- Introduction to the theory of elasticity
- Lattice vibrations, phonons
- Free electron Fermi gas.
- Energy bands : Bloch theorem, band gap, ...
- Insulators, semiconductors, metals
- Transport properties in semiconductors

The course has an international dimension.

Class contact teachingLectures Practice sessions

Personal workExercises Assignments Individually

Directed self-study

Personal work

Directed self-study

ExaminationWritten examination without oral presentation Closed book Open-question

A copy of the slides is available at Universitas (CGB).

- Introduction to Solid State Physics, door C. Kittel, n-de editie, J. Wiley & Sons. The lectures are based on this book.
- '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.

D. Lamoen

EMAT, Departement Fysica, lokaal U413

Campus Groenenborger

Groenenborgerlaan 171

2020 Antwerpen

tel : 32-3-2653316

fax : 32-3-2653318

email : Dirk.Lamoen@uantwerpen.be