Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
SOLID STATE THEORYFFF051
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. Optional for: F4, F4nf, F4tf, MNAV1, N4nf. Course coordinator: Andreas Wacker, Andreas.Wacker@fysik.lu.se, Department of Physics. Recommended prerequisits: FFFF05 Solid State Physics or FFFF01 Electronic Materials, FMFN01 Quantum Mechanics, Advanced Course or similar knowledge. Basic knowledge of electromagnetism and preferably statistical physics. Assessment: Assessment takes the form of an oral or written examination. Home page: http://www.teorfys.lu.se/FYS234/.

Aim
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.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

Contents
Band structure of crystals and semiconductor heterostructures, Electron transport and scattering processes, Magnetism, Density matrix formalism and optical Bloch equations for semiconductor lasers, Dielectric properties, Coulomb interaction and excitons, Superconductivity

Literature
H. Ibach and H. Lüth, Solid State Physics (Springer, 2003), or C. Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Phyics (John Wiley & Sons, 1996), or D. W. Snoke, Solid State Physics (Addison-Wesley, 2008) as well as additional lecture notes covering more theoretical issues.