Undergraduate Course: Solid State Physics (PHYS10095)
|School||School of Physics and Astronomy
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will deepen your understanding of the electronic properties of solids already gained through Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics, and use this understanding to elucidate the electrical, optical and magnetic properties of crystalline solids. It will also give you an introduction to density functional theory. The course will be complemented by the presentation of examples of current solid-state research.
* Revision and consolidation: crystals;
* Elastic properties of solids and sound waves;
* Fermi surfaces and metals;
* Density functional theory;
* Semiconductor and semiconductor-based devices;
* Optical properties of solids;
* Magnetic properties of matter;
* Introduction to superconductivity.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 18,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Revision Session Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||75% exam 25% coursework
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of several key areas of Solid State Physics as outlined in the Course Description.
- Apply their knowledge to solve problems in solid state physics.
- Interpret experimental and computational results.
- Demonstrate a grasp of the orders of magnitude of the central quantities and develop confidence with "intuitive" estimates.
|For most of the course topics, we will follow the material and notation of the text book "Solid State Physics" by Charles Kittel (Wiley).|
Some material will be used from two textbooks that are available as ebooks from the UoE library:
* Solid-State Physics: An Introduction to Principles of Materials Science, H. Ibach and H. Lüth (Springer)
* Condensed Matter Physics, Michael P. Marder (Wiley)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Ingo Loa
Tel: (0131 6)51 7212
|Course secretary||Ms Grace Wilson
Tel: (0131 6)50 7535