2018 Electronic Structure and Physical Properties of Metals

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Shi Ji  Nakamura Yoshio 
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Tue5-6(S8-101)  Fri5-6(S8-101)  
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Course description and aims

In view of lattice vibration to understand the thermal properties of solid.
In view of the bonds among atoms to understand the electronic structures of the solids.
In view of energy distribution of electrons to understand the electrical properties of metals and semiconductors.
In view of atomic magnetic moment to understand the magnetic properties of transition metals (Fe, Co, Ni), and their magnetisation process.

Student learning outcomes

Understand the thermal, electrical and magnetic properties of metals in view of their electronic structures.


metal crystal, metallic bond, lattice vibration, specific heat, thermal conductivity, free electrons, electrical conductivity, band structure, semiconductor, carriers, magnetic metals, magnetisation

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

At the beginning of each lecture, the main points of the previous lecture will be summarised. Then the main points of the day's lecture will be explained and discussed in detail. At the end, students are asked to solve problems using the knowledge they have learnt at the day's class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 crystal structure, primitive unit cell, periodic structure and reciprocal space Understand typical crystal structure, and reciprocal space
Class 2 Bonds in solids Understand the bonding and electronic structure in solids
Class 3 Lattice vibration, elastic wave, vibration mode, density of states Understand the basic concepts relating the lattice vibration
Class 4 Einstein and Debye Models of specific heat Understand the thermal property of solids in view of lattice vibration: specific heat
Class 5 Lattice wave, thermal conductivity Understand the thermal property of solids in view of lattice vibration: thermal conductivity
Class 6 Free electron, Fermi energy, distribution function, density of states Understand the free electron model
Class 7 Ohm's law, conductivity Understand the conduction of metals in view of free electron model
Class 8 Practice(1) Mid-term exam to check the level of understanding
Class 9 Energy band, Classification of solids Understand the electrical characteristics of solids in view of their band structures
Class 10 Conduction of semiconductors, carriers, effective mass Understand the conduction of semiconductors, introduction of effective mass
Class 11 Impurity state, mobility of carriers Calculation of carrier concentration, temperature dependance of carrier concentration
Class 12 Magnetic metals, atomic magnetic moment Understand the origin of magnetism
Class 13 Ferromagnetic metals, spontaneous magnetisation, magnetic domain Understand the characteristics of ferromagnetic metals, and the mechanism of spontaneous magnetization
Class 14 Magnetic hysteresis, magnetic anisotropy Understand the magnetisation process of ferromagnetic metals
Class 15 Practice(2) Exercises for deepening understanding


Not specified.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Makoto Okazaki Solid state physics for engineering students, Shokabo
M. Ali Omar  Elemnetaray Solid State Physics Addison-Wesley
Charles Kittel Introduction to Solid State Physics Wiley

Assessment criteria and methods

Quizzes and exercises (20%), Midterm exam (40%), Final exam (40%)

Related courses

  • none

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


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