Solid State Physics

Lecturers: Volkmar Zielasek


The lecture will cover basic topics of solid state physics:
1) Electronic structure (band structure, Bloch waves, metals and insulators, photoelectron spectroscopy (ARUPS))
2) Lattice vibrations (basic modes, phonons, dispersion, specific heat, anharmonic effects (thermal expansion, thermal conductivity))
3) Metals and Semiconductors (electrical conductance, thermodynamics of the electronic system, intrinsic semiconductors, dopants, p-n junction, photodiode and solar cell)
4) Magnetism (basic modes, domain walls, hysteresis, superconductivity)


After attending the course the participants shall have the following skills:
- know and properly use basic terminology of solid state physics and understand its meaning
- know and differentiate between basic experimental methods to analyze the electronic and vibrational structure of solids
- interpret depictions of electronic and vibrational band structure
- predict magnetic, electrical, and thermal properties of metals, insulators and semiconductors based on basic structural data


written exam


Roald Hoffmann: Solids and Surfaces: A Chemist's View of Bonding in Extended Structures (Wiley, New York, 1988)
Ibach/Lüth: Solid-State Physics: An Introduction to Principles of Materials Science (Springer, New York 2008)