Solid State Physics, Fall, 2017
Attention! This course is finished!
It isn't scheduled to be taught again until Fall, 2019!
However,
A course complimentary to this one is Physics 5335 (Semiconductor Physics).
It is taught in the Fall semester of EVEN numbered years.
So, it will be taught again in Fall, 2018!
Combined Courses: Physics 4309 (Undergraduate Solid State Physics)
Physics 5304
(Graduate Solid State Physics)
Class Announcements & Calendar Items
Class Meets
: 11
:00 - 11:50pm, Mon., Wed., AND Fri., Sc. Room 112
Fall, 2017
Academic Calendar & Final Exam Schedule.
Course Syllabus 4309/5304 Homepage  Lectures  Exams  Homework 
Attention!! This page & its sub-pages are undergoing modifications!
There may be more changes as the semester continues!!
 
Last Update, 10/11/17

1. Mid-Term ExamAfter the material in Ch. 4 of Kittel, we need to have our Mid-Term Exam!! It will cover the material in Chs. 1, 2, 3, 4 of Kittel's book. To give you more than an hour to work on it, I want to schedule it sorme evening. I want to do it the last week of Oct.. It might be necessary to schedule 2 different sessions. I'm open to an evening session & a weekend session. For me, an evening session could be scheduled for Tues. (Oct. 24), Wed. (Oct. 25) or Thurs. (Oct. 26). A weekend session could be Sat., (Oct. 28) in the afternoon. Please let me know your preferences & I will arrange these sessions. Hopefully, they can be in the Physics Conference Room (Room 103). Some old exams & solutions are posted on the Exams Page Here.
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2. Semester Project!:  Reminder!! Part of your grade in this course consists of a library research project on a topic in Solid State Physics that we won't have time to discuss in class. You need to have the topic picked and begin to work on it before mids-semester, Monday, October 23!!
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3.  Assignment #5: ASAP!! Read Chapter 5 (Phonons II: Thermal Properties) in the book by Kittel. This is an overview of the need to quantize the lattice vibrations in solids in order to explain experimental data for the thermodynamic and thermal properties of crystalline solids. The quantized lattice vibrations are called Phonons. Using this concept, many observed temperature dependent properties of crystalline solids can be understood. In the book by Omar, this material is in Ch. 3(Lattice Vibrations)Some .ppt Lectures on this material are on the Lecture Page.
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4. Material Covered Through 10-11-17: So far, in class, we have covered the following material:
    A. Crystal Structure: As an overview, we summarized the major topics concerning crystal structure. In the books, this is in Ch. 1 (Crystal Structure) in the book by Kittel. In the book by Omar, this material is in Ch. 1(Crystal Structures & Interatomic Forces), Sects 1 - 7Mostly, this involves some simple math of symmetry. But, it also involves learning some terminology & nomenclature. There are a huge number of websites that can supplement the book discussions & my lectures. A list of some of them is Here. Some .ppt Lectures on this material are on the Lecture Page
.   B. Crystal Binding (or Bonding): This is an overview of the different types of interatomic bonding (or binding) that happens in solids. In the books, this is in 
Ch. 3 (Crystal Binding) in the book by Kittel. In the book by Omar, this material is in Ch. 1(Crystal Structures & Interatomic Forces), Sects 9 & 10. To understand the bonding in detail would require advanced Quantum Mechanics. We did not do that, but discussed the bonding types in a way that gave a qualitative understanding of the physics (chemistry!) of interatomic bonding in solids. Some .ppt Lectures on this material are on the Lecture Page
.  C. Wave Diffraction & the Reciprocal Lattice: This is an overview of the primnary means of experimental determination of crystal structure. As a necessity, the concept of the Reciprocal Lattice is also introduced. In the books, this is in Ch. 2 (Wave Diffraction & Reciprocal Lattice) in the book by Kittel. In the book by Omar, this material is in Ch. 2(Wave Diffraction in Crystals)Some .ppt Lectures on this material are on the Lecture Page.   
  D. Lattice Vibrations, Part I: This is an overview of the classical physics of lattice vibrations, including how to solve the classical normal mode problem for coupled oscillations. Some simple model calculations as well as experimental data in crystalline materials are discussed. In the books, this is in Ch. 4 (Crystal Vibrations) in the book by Kittel. In the book by Omar, this material is in Ch. 3(Lattice Vibrations)Some .ppt Lectures on this material are on the Lecture Page

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