Physics 617, Physics of the Solid State
Joseph Ross, Texas A&M University
General course information:
The Course Syllabus can be found here.
Note the updated office hours now on the
syllabus. Email me if you would like to meet other times and I am not in
Also here is a bibliography of additional references
on the course material.
Slides and handouts will be posted here as the course proceeds.
Handout 1 - Jan. 18,
on general properties of solids, with outline for Chapter 1.
Jan. 20 notes on Fermi Gas
model for free electrons, and Sommerfeld expansion.
Slides Jan. 25 and
Jan. 27: overiew of transport
in fermi gases and metallic systems, and introduction to crystal symmetries.
Slides from Jan. 30 and
Feb. 1: crystal lattice
symmetries and examples;
lattice planes and reciprocal lattice.
Feb. 3 x-ray scattering notes.
Slides/notes from Feb. 6,
Feb. 10: more on elastic scattering;
Bloch states in periodic lattice, Brillouin zones.
Feb. 15, and
NFE model, band
structures, tight binding model.
Slides from Feb. 20 and
Feb. 22; also
Hartree-Fock class notes
and followup slides on this topic.
DFT and semiclassical dynamics,
from Mar. 3,
from Mar. 10 and
Here is a sample exam, likely to be
comparable to exam 1, and also a second exam
(probably similar to our coverage on exam 2).
(These exams were open book,
using a different text, so some details may be not quite equivalent).
Also here is a sample final exam.
Contact info: Best is to email me at .
A few useful links:
The Fermi Surface
has a comlete listing for the elements.
A Nanotechnology page from
Zyvex, with many links.
describes a variety of interesting systems (and also look at the other pages at superconductors.org).
Crystal Lattice Structures page: originally at Naval Research Labs, now
More general links:
The Amercan Physical Society
Rossgroup research home page.
TAMU Physics Department page.
The TAMU D3EM program: Data-Enabled Discovery and Design of Energy Materials
Texas A&M University.
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