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Aim of the
shall provide a better understanding of central concepts in solid
state physics and
relation to the basic theories of quantum mechanics and
electrodynamics. The students
how these concepts can be applied to model physical effects
emphasis is given towards topics relevant to ongoing research in
solid state physics and nanoscience in Lund.
- Band structure of crystals and semiconductor heterostructures
- Electron transport and scattering processes
- Occupation number representation, density matrix formalism,
and optical Bloch equations for semiconductor lasers
- Dielectric properties, Coulomb interaction, and excitons
Detailed description with reading
The lectures shall give an overview over the material but also
provide time for discussion and the study of small problems.
Beside these classroom activities, self-study as well as the work
on weekly problems are essential for the course. The weekly
problems shall be handed in by groups of two or three.
The course is scheduled as a continuation course to solid state
similar to other introductory courses at the technical
faculty in Lund. Thus, it is supposed that the student has some
background in solid state physics (at least 5 ECTS
credit points) and is familiar with most of the following topics
solid background in quantum mechanics (at least 15
ECTS credit points in total) including "advanded" courses such as FYSN17
is required. Basic knowledge of electrodynamics and
thermodynamics/statistical physics is recommended (about 5 ECTS credit
points in each) . Some material on the concepts
required can be found here for
- Crystal lattices
- Thermal properties, Bose statistics for phonons
- Free electrons, the consequences of Fermi statistics
- Elementary band structure
- Dynamics of electrons and holes
[ 60 ECTS points, or Swedish hp, correspond to one year of
- First Meeting: Monday
20. March 10:15 in room
and Exercises: Monday,Thursday, Friday
10:15-12 in room K262 until 22. May
No teaching on 10.April- 21. April (Two weeks Easter
break) and no lecture on Monday 1. May. (Exercises shifted
from Friday to Monday afterwards)
exams: week 20 (dates
distributed within lectures in the last weeks)
- Re-exams: 21. August
- Written part: Handing in the homework
problems in groups of
three (or two). It is required that substantial work
is done on 80% of the problems (i.e. the solution need not to be
necessarily correct). I strongly prefer a wrong solution where
the students dealt with the matter to one copied from textbooks
or fellow students.
- Oral part: Individual oral exam at the end of the course. The
student shall demonstrate that he/she can apply the material
discussed in the lectures to solve the exercise problems. It is
suggested to bring and use a compilation of important
issues/formulas written by oneself (less than 4 pages).
- Compendium, which participants can access here.
- A textbook for independent study. It is very important
that you read further sources, as they provide different (and
more detailed) explanations, which helps your understanding.
There are many good books on the market and a list of books I am
regularly using is given below. Reading instructions are
currently provided for Snoke, Kittel, and Ibach-Lüth, which have
a good overlap with the course (best- but still far from 100%-
- Solid State Physics by David W. Snoke
(Addison Wesley 2008)
to Solid State Physics by C.. Kittel John Wiley & Sons,
- Solid State
Physics by H.
Ibach and H. Lüth (Springer 2003)
- Quantum Theory of Solids
by C. Kittel, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1987.
State Physics by N.W. Ashcroft and N. D. Mermin,
- Theory of Superconductivity
by J.R. Schrieffer, Westview Press.
- Principles of the Theory of
Solids by J. Ziman, Camb. Univ. Press, 1979.
- Principles of Condensed Matter
Physics by P.M. Chaikin, T.C. Lubensky, Cambridge
Univ. Press, 2000.
- Solid State Theory by
W. Harrison, Dover Publ., 1989.
- Semiconductor-Laser Fundamentals
by W.W. Chow and
S.W. Koch, Springer 1999, Table
- Condensed Matter Physics
by M. P. Marder, John Wiley& Sons, 2000
- Semiconductors by
D.K. Ferry, Macmillan 1991
- Fundamentals of
Semiconductors by P.Y. Yu and M. Cardona, Springer
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Updated February 9, 2017