Introduction to Solid State Physics (MA060027)


Course Memo

This course gives an introduction to solid state physics, one of the cornerstones on which a modern technologies are based. We will begin with the conventional classification of solids on the basis of binding forces, to be followed by crystal structure description and experimental techniques for crystal studies. From there we will discuss classical and quantum aspects of lattice dynamics and begin the study of the electronic structure of solids, including energy band formalism and carrier statistics in metals, semiconductors and insulators. Next we will consider basics of the atomic and electronic processes at crystal surfaces and interfaces, kinetic effects and scattering of the electrons. We will continue with the study of the optical processes in solids, including nonequilibrium carrier dynamics and photovoltaic effects and their applications in technology.