2023 Basic Solid State Physics

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Undergraduate major in Physics
Fujisawa Toshimasa 
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Lecture    (Face-to-face)
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Tue1-2(M-103(H114))  Fri1-2(M-103(H114))  
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Course description and aims

Topics of this course include (1) basics of crystal structures, (2) classification of the Bravais lattice, (3) reciprocal lattice, (4) classification of crystals in terms of the formation mechanisms, (5) lattice vibrations (phonons), (6) electronic states in crystals and their band structure, (7) fundamental properties of metals and semiconductors.
Through this course, students will understand basic properties of crystals based on quantum mechanics, and how they correspond to experiments.

Student learning outcomes

Through this course, students will be able to (1) calculate various properties (including translation vectors and reciprocal vectors) for a given crystal structure, (2) explain various crystals in terms of the formation mechanisms (such as ionic and covalent crystals), (3) explain basic properties of electronic band structures in crystals, (4) explain basics of electric, optical, and magnetic properties of solids.


translation vector, unit cell, Bravais lattice, reciprocal vector, Brillouin zone, phonon, metal, insulator, band structure, semiconductor

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

At the end of some classes, small tests will be given to test comprehension. Preparation and review for each class are recommended.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Crystal structure Explanation on crystal structure
Class 2 Reciprocal lattice Explanation on reciprocal lattice
Class 3 Reciprocal lattice Explanation on reciprocal lattice
Class 4 Bonds in solids Explanation on bonds in solids
Class 5 Lattice vibration and phonons Explanation on lattice vibration and phonons
Class 6 Thermal properties of solids Explanation on thermal properties of solids
Class 7 Free electron theory Explanation on free electron theory
Class 8 Band theory Explanation on band theory
Class 9 Band theory Explanation on band theory
Class 10 Electrical conduction in solids Explanation on electrical conduction in solids
Class 11 Optical properties of solids Explanation on optical properties of solids
Class 12 Magnetic properties of solids Explanation on magnetic properties of solids
Class 13 Semiconductors Explanation on semiconductors
Class 14 Superconductors Explanation on superconductors

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


初歩から学ぶ固体物理学 (KS物理専門書), 講談社 (in Japanese).

Reference books, course materials, etc.

References and course materials, if any, will be given in the class.

Assessment criteria and methods

examination and reports

Related courses

  • PHY.Q207 : Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
  • PHY.S301 : Statistical Mechanics
  • PHY.E205 : Electromagnetism

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Basic knowledge on electromagnetism, statistical physics, and quantum mechanics

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