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Solid State Physics 3(2.0 credits)

Course Type:Specialized Courses
Class Format:Lecture
Course Name : Applied Physics
Starts 1 : 3 the latter term
Elective/Compulsory : Compulsory
Lecturer : Hiroshi IKUTA Professor 

•Course Purpose
This course deals with the basic concepts and theories that explain the behavior of electrons in a solid. It aims to help students to acquire basic knowledge about the mechanism of various properties that solids exhibit and to develop the ability of applying the knowledge to actual materials.

After completion of this course, the students are expected to 1. understand the free electron model and be able to calculate various electrical properties, 2. understand the behavior of electrons in reciprocal potential, and 3. be able to explain the physical properties of various materials based on the electronic structure.

•Prerequisite Subjects
Quantum mechanics, Thermodynamics, Statistical mechanics, Electromagnetism

•Course Topics
1. Introduction to electron theory of metals 2. Electrons in a crystal and the concept of energy band 3. Free electron model 4. Fermi momentum and Fermi sphere 5. Fermi-Dirac distribution function 6. Sommerfeld expansion 7. Electronic specific heat 8. Pauli paramagnetism 9. Periodic potential and Bloch's theorem 10. Kronig-Penney model 11. Electrons in a weak periodic potential 12. Energy gap and energy band 13. Reciprocal lattice and Brillouin zone 14. Fermi surface and electronic structure 15. Electronic structure of metals and semiconductors

The students are required to read the designated part of the textbook before each class. After the class, the students should solve the problems given at the end of each chapter of the textbook. In addition, there will be several report assignments that should be submitted.

“Introduction to the Electron Theory of Metals”, U. Mizutani (Cambridge University Press)

•Additional Reading
"Introduction to Solid State Physics", C. Kittel (Wiley)
"Solid State Physics", N. W. Ashcroft and N. D. Mermin (Thomson Learning)

•Grade Assessment
Grading will be based on the level of achievement evaluated by midterm and final exams. To pass, students have to demonstrate the capacity to deal with at least simple problems about the subjects lectured in the course.

Nothing particularly needed

•Contacting Faculty
During the break after the lecture, or during the office hours.


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