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.
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
Intercultural skills | Communication skills | Specialist skills | Critical thinking skills | Practical and/or problem-solving skills |
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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 | |
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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.
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
Quizzes and exercises (20%), Midterm exam (40%), Final exam (40%)
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