Physics 880.06: Condensed Matter Physics (Fall, 2010)
[ Introduction and General Format
| Syllabus ]
[Office Hours; Grader]
[ Problem Sets |
Physics 880.06 is the first quarter of a projected three quarter sequence on
Condensed Matter Physics.
The main text for the first quarters will be
Ashcroft and Mermin, ``Solid State Physics''
(Saunders, 1976). Although this is a rather old book, it has most of the
basic material to be covered in the fall quarter. Some supplementary
material may be drawn from
Michael P. Marder ``Condensed Matter Physics'' (Corrected
Printing, Wiley Interscience, 2000),
and Chaikin and Lubensky, ``Principles of Condensed
Matter Physics,'' (Cambridge U. P., 1995). I will also distribute my
Suggested background includes quantum mechanics and electricity
and magnetism at the undergraduate level. Some background in
undergraduate statistical physics would be useful, but will be
developed as needed. The course should be accessible to many first
year grad students and possibly
even a very well prepared undergraduate. If you have questions
about the needed background, please get in touch with me.
We will meet T and Th from 1:00 to 2:18 in Scott Lab Rm. E0103,
The instructor is David Stroud (email email@example.com;
telephone 292-8140; office PRB 2048).
Grading will be based on homework (about 50%) and a small project
(about 50%). You can turn your homework in class, in Michael Herman's
mailbox (first choice), in my mailbox, to me directly in my office, or
you can slip it under my office door until midnight on Thursday.
I will discard your grade on the lowest homework set.
Grades will be distributed according to the usual scale for 880xx courses.
For the fall, quarter, I plan to cover
Drude and Sommerfeld free-electron theory of metals,
crystal lattices, the reciprocal lattice, methods for
measuring crystal structures (X-ray and neutron diffraction),
electronic states in a periodic potential, methods for calculating
electronic structure, band structure of selected solids, and possibly,
if time permits, the classical and quantum theory of the harmonic lattice,
and even the semiclassical theory of electron
dynamics and electronic conduction.
My office hours will be Tu and Th from 2:30 - 3:30 in PRB 4068 (right
The grader is Michael Herman. He can be reached via email at
firstname.lastname@example.org. His office is PRB0180; however, he
is not always there and email is usually a better way to reach him.
oProblem Set 1
oSolutions to PS 1
oProblem Set 2
oSolutions to PS 2
oProblem Set 3
oSolutions to PS 3
oProblem Set 4
oSolutions to PS4
oProblem Set 5
oSolutions to PS5
oA slightly more
legible version of the solutions to PS5.
oProblem Set 6
oSolutions to PS6
oList of some possible topics,
and due date
oA few useful concepts
oLecture of Sept. 23
oLecture of Sept. 28
(Sommerfeld model; properties of degenerate free electron gas)
oLecture of Sept. 30
(Sommerfeld theory of transport in metals; Bravais lattices and crystal
oLecture of October 5
oLecture of October 7
(mostly X-ray diffraction from periodic solids).
oLectures of October 12
and part of October 14 (electron states in a periodic potential).
oSeventh set of lecture notes.
oEighth set of lecture notes.
oNinth set of lecture
oTenth set of lecture
notes (classical theory of lattice vibrations in periodic solids). Note:
numbers are not in sequence with previous notes.
oEleventh set of lecture
notes (semiclassical theory of electron dynamics in solids; applications
to electron motion in electric and magnetic fields).
oTwelfth set of lecture
notes (electronic transport in solids, mainly using Boltzmann equation;
application to electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, and
o Arnold Sommerfeld
o Felix Bloch
o Leon Brillouin
o William H. Bragg
o William Lawrence Bragg