Solid State Physics

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Solid State Physics

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    3rd Year Experimental Physics/Physics with Astrophysics, or equivalent

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    This module aims to develop a solid understanding of the theories, methods and experimental evidence in introductory Solid State Physics, including crystallography, thermal, electric, magnetic and optical properties of crystalline solids.

    Specific topics that are covered include:

    Crystallography: crystal structures, X-ray diffraction, Bragg and Laue diffraction conditions, reciprocal lattice, Brillouin zones.

    Thermal properties: vibrations in crystals, monatomic and diatomic chain, acoustical and optical dispersion curves, specific heat models, Dulong and Petit model, Einstein model, Debye model, phonons, phonon-phonon scattering, thermal conductivity.

    Magnetic properties: diamagnetism, paramagnetism, ferromagnetism, anti-ferromagnetism, magnetic domains.

    Electric properties: free-electron theory, band theory and classification of solids, methods of calculating band structure, Bloch functions, Fermi surfaces, real metals, electron and hole dynamics, intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors, carrier mobility. Introduction to superconductivity.

    Optical properties of solids.

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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