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Undergraduate Course: Solid State Physics (PHYS10095)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Physics and Astronomy CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis 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.
Course description * 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics (PHYS10099)
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( 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 66 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 75 %, Coursework 25 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 75% exam 25% coursework
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of several key areas of Solid State Physics as outlined in the Course Description.
  2. Apply their knowledge to solve problems in solid state physics.
  3. Interpret experimental and computational results.
  4. Demonstrate a grasp of the orders of magnitude of the central quantities and develop confidence with "intuitive" estimates.
Reading List
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)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsSSP
Contacts
Course organiserDr Ingo Loa
Tel: (0131 6)51 7212
Email: I.Loa@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Grace Wilson
Tel: (0131 6)50 7535
Email: Grace.Wilson@ed.ac.uk
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