Sciences and Mathematics

Condensed Matter Physics

Physics 520

A study of the properties and physical processes taking place in the solid. This subject draws on all the areas of physics and thus tends to unify knowledge from other courses. The course begins by laying groundwork in crystal structure, crystal binding energies, crystal diffraction and the reciprocal lattice. We will then consider thermal properties of crystals, the free electron gas in metals, Fermi surfaces, energy bands in solids, paramagnetism at the mean-field level, electron transport, and BCS theory of superconductivity. Some of the latter topics are illustrated by use of a superconducting magnet. Strongly recommended for those considering graduate school in physics, chemistry or engineering, or seeking an industrial position in physics.