Basic understandings of solids, energy bands, semiconductors, superconductivity and magnetism, and their main uses.
Condensed matter physics covers an extremely broad range of topics. Unfortunately therefore it is one of the most difficult course to teach and a one of the most boring course to learn. On the other hand, research in this area of physics has (arguably) resulted in the most useful outcomes. The topics to be covered in this course are crystal lattice structure, Bragg reflection and reciprocal lattice, phonons, free electron Fermi gas, energy band and band structure, semiconductors and semiconductor devices, Fermi surface and metals, superconductivities/magnetism, plasmon/plariton/polaron, optical properties and excitons, surfaces, interfaces, and nanostructures. We will try to make it fun by injecting more applied topics of relevance to our everyday lives such as semiconductor devices and applications.
60%为考试成绩 Exams (mid-term 20% & final 40%)
• Lecture notes, to provide softcopy
• Charles Kittle, “Introduction to Solid State Physics” (John Wiley & Sons, Inc, New York), 8th edition. Students are encouraged to get both the translation version and the English version.