Aim of the
course The course
shall provide a better understanding of central concepts in solid
state physics and their
relation to the basic theories of quantum mechanics and
electrodynamics. The students shall learn
how these concepts can be applied to model physical effects
quantitatively. Particular
emphasis is given towards topics relevant to ongoing research in
solid state physics and nanoscience in Lund.
Content
Band structure of crystals and semiconductor heterostructures
Electron transport and scattering processes
Magnetism
Occupation number representation, density matrix formalism,
and optical Bloch equations for semiconductor lasers
Dielectric properties, Coulomb interaction, and excitons
Free electrons, the consequences of Fermi statistics
Elementary band structure
Dynamics of electrons and holes
Furthermore a
solid background in quantum mechanics (at least 15
ECTS credit points in total) including "advanded" courses such as FYSN17
or FMFN01
is required. Basic knowledge of electrodynamics and
thermodynamics/statistical physics is recommended (about 5 ECTS credit
points in each) . Some material on the concepts
required can be found here for
self-study.
[ 60 ECTS points, or Swedish hp, correspond to one year of
full-time studies]
First Meeting: Monday
25. March 10:15 in room K262
Lectures and Exercises: Mostly Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:15-12 in room K262
Requirements
and examination
Written part: Handing in the homework
problems in groups of
three (or two). It is required that substantial work
is done on 80% of the problems (i.e. the solution need not to be
necessarily correct). I strongly prefer a wrong solution where
the students dealt with the matter to one copied from textbooks
or fellow students.
Oral part: Individual oral exam at the end of the course. The
student shall demonstrate that he/she can apply the material
discussed in the lectures to solve the exercise problems. It is
suggested to bring and use a compilation of important
issues/formulas written by oneself (less than 4 pages).
A textbook for independent study. It is very important
that you read further sources, as they provide different (and
more detailed) explanations, which helps your understanding.
There are many good books on the market and a list of books I am
regularly using is given below. Reading instructions are
currently provided for Snoke, Kittel, and Ibach-Lüth, which have
a good overlap with the course (best- but still far from 100%-
for Snoke).