Introduction to Solid State Physics
Year:  20152016 

Catalog number:  4062IVSF3 
Teacher(s): 

Language:  English 
Blackboard:  Yes 
EC:  3.0 
Level:  300 
Period:  Semester 2 
Hours of study:  31:00 hrs 
 Yes Elective choice
 Yes Contractonderwijs
 No Exchange
 No Study Abroad
 No Evening course
 Yes A la Carte
 No Honours Class
Admission Requirements
We use some results from QMII that the students are expected to take also in this semester.
Description
This course gives a basic introduction to solid state physics. You will learn how special properties of metals (e.g. high thermal and electrical conductivity) can be explained.
Specific subjects:
• free electron gas
• electrical and thermal transport
• crystal structures
• electrons in a periodic potential
Course objectives
The students are expected to understand why the classical description of the electron gas breaks down by comparing the classical results to the quantummechnical approach. This course also teaches to use approximations (e.g. the continuum approximation, explansion in small parameter) to allow to find analytical expressions, even if the starting expression is rather complex. Finally, three dimensional thinking is encouraged when discussing crystal structures.
Timetable
Mode of instruction
 lectures – werkcolleges – homework
Please not that the werkcolleges constitute an integral part of this course.
Assessment method
Written examination with short questions
Final mark is weighted average of exam (8/10th) and the homework (2/10)
There is retake of the exam.
Blackboard
You will find on blackboard the script, the exercises for the werkcollege and homework, and the solutions.
To have access to Blackboard you need a ULCNaccount.Blackboard UL
Reading list
No book necessary, script will be provided during the course. For a more detailed treatment of solid state physics I recommend:
N. W. Ashcroft, N. D. Mermin: “Solid State Physics” Brooks/Cole International Edition (1979).
Contact
Contactgegevens Docent:Prof.dr.H.Schiessel (Helmut)
Remarks
Is part of  Programme type  Semester  Block 

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