Solid State Physics

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Solid State Physics

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Calculus, Mathematics, Physics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module description:

    Syllabus outline:
    Crystallography (Bravais lattices, Bragg's law, ral and reciprocal lattices); Vibrations in solids (Debye model,
    mono and bi-atomic linear chain; heat capacity); Electronic properties of matter (free electron gas, electron
    specific heat, Fermi energy, Bloch theorem, Kronig-Penney model, intro to Tight Binding approximation; classical
    and quantum Hall effect, Fermi surface); Semiconductors (energy gap, mass action law, carrier mobility, doping,
    pn junction); Magnetism (magnetic susceptibility, Curie Law, Pauli paramagnetism).

    Aims and Objectives:
    The should come away familiar with the basic concepts in condensed matter physics. It is useful for advanced
    courses in the field, but also to complete own preparation in physics. No prior experience in solid state
    physics is required, but a decent level in classical mechanics and electromagnetism will be assumed.

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