2019 Solid State Physics (Lattice)

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Hayamizu Yuhei 
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Mon3-4(S8-102)  Thr3-4(S8-102)  
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Course description and aims

The aim of this course is to understand fundamentals of solid state physics including crystal structures, electronic structures, lattice vibration, and electric conductivity.

Student learning outcomes

This is an introductory solid properties course where students will gain an understanding of the physical phenomena of soft materials, where electrons, spin, and photons play an active role, in order to acquire the fundamentals for applying to devices. After students gain an understanding of crystal theory, which forms the base of properties theory, they will learn how to deal with periodically arranged lattice spaces mathematically from a quantum physics perspective, advancing their understanding of material properties.


Crystal structure, X-ray diffraction, free electron, effective mass, lattice vibration, electric conductivity

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Each chapter of the textbook contains a content of one class. Students read an appropriate chapter before each class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to solid state physics
Class 2 Crystal structures and symmetry
Class 3 Crystal structures of various materials
Class 4 Defects in crystal structures
Class 5 Bonding between atoms in a crystal
Class 6 X-ray diffraction 1st homework
Class 7 Free electrons
Class 8 Electrons in a periodic potential
Class 9 Effective mass and holes
Class 10 Semiconductor
Class 11 Lattice vibration and phonon 2nd homework
Class 12 Specific heat
Class 13 Electron conductivity in metals
Class 14 Electron conductivity in semiconductors
Class 15 Hall effects and carrier diffusion



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Charles Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics (Wiley)

Assessment criteria and methods

Examination and several homework assignments

Related courses

  • MAT.P303 : Solid State Physics (Electrons)

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

Students who take this course need fundamental knowledge of quantum physics.

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