2019 Advanced Solid State Physics b

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Graduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Iwamoto Mitsumasa 
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Course description and aims

This course is for students in Tokyo Tech-Tsinghua University joint graduate program. The course is held at Tsinghua University in
Beijing. Solid state physics is the most fundamental subjects of material science and engineering. This lecture covers fundamentals of Solid state physics, which starts from "crystal structure of materials", "chemical bond", "lattice vibration", etc. On the basis of quantum theory, the course teaches and discusses the electronic states of solids and the material properties of solids, such as thermal conduction, electron conduction, dielectrics and magnetism, optical properties of materials and others, to deepen the understanding of material properties.

Student learning outcomes

By completing this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand that the electronic states govern the material properties microscopically.
2) Understand the free-electron metallic states as the simplest itinerant electron system.
3) Understand that the electron states of solid crystals become Bloch states.
4) Explain and discuss thermal conduction, electron conduction on the basis of quantum theory.
5) Explain and discuss material properties such as dielectric and magnetic properties, optical properties, on the basis of
Quantum theory.


crystal structure, reciprocal lattice, lattice vibration, thermal conduction, Brillouin zone, electronic band structure, electron conduction, optical property, dielectrics and magnetism

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Lectures, presentations and discussions

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Crystal structure and periodicity Crystal structure and periodicity
Class 2 k-space k-space
Class 3 Quantum Mechanics Quantum Mechanics
Class 4 Chemical bond Chemical bond
Class 5 Lattice vibration Lattice vibration
Class 6 Lattice specific heat and thermal conduction Lattice specific heat and thermal conduction
Class 7 Free electron theory Free electron theory
Class 8 Energy band Energy band
Class 9 Application of band theory Application of band theory
Class 10 Electronic Conduction Electronic Conduction
Class 11 Optical property Optical property
Class 12 Dielectrics and Magnetism Dielectrics and Magnetism
Class 13 Semiconductor Semiconductor
Class 14 Super Conductor Super Conductor
Class 15 Review of the course (classes 1-14) Review of the course (classes 1-14) to check the level of understanding.


Makoto Okazaki, Solid State Physics- for engineering students- (Shokabo, Tokyo 2015)
Mitsumasa Iwamoto, Electrical and Electronic properties of Materials (Ohmsha 2011)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Kittel: Introduction to Solid State Physics

Assessment criteria and methods

Presentation, Q and A, Report

Related courses

  • MAT.M421 : Advanced Course of Quantum Chemistry

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

It is desirable that the students have learned general chemistry.

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