Course objective is to provide an introduction to solid state physics, to get a basic understanding of the physical phenomena in surrounding world and to understand the role of physics in technological development.
LEARNING OUTCOMES AT THE LEVEL OF THE PROGRAMME:
1 KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
1.2 demonstrate a thorough knowledge of advanced methods of theoretical physics including classical mechanics, classical electrodynamics, statistical physics and quantum physics
1.3 demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the most important physics theories (logical and mathematical structure, experimental support, described physical phenomena)
1.4 describe the state of the art in - at least- one of the presently active physics specialities
2 APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
2.1 identify the essentials of a process/situation and set up a working model of the same or recognize and use the existing models
2.3 apply standard methods of mathematical physics, in particular mathematical analysis and linear algebra and corresponding numerical methods
2.4 adapt available models to new experimental data
4 COMMUNICATION SKILLS
4.2 present one's own research or literature search results to professional as well as to lay audiences
4.3 develop the written and oral English language communication skills that are essential for pursuing a career in physics
5 LEARNING SKILLS
5.1 search for and use physical and other technical literature, as well as any other sources of information relevant to research work and technical project development (good knowledge of technical English is required)
5.2 remain informed of new developments and methods and provide professional advice on their possible range and applications
5.4 participate in projects which require advanced skills in modeling, analysis, numerical calculations and use of technologies
LEARNING OUTCOMES SPECIFIC FOR THE COURSE:
- demonstrate knowledge of research areas of in solid state physics.
- describe differences between solids and liquid.
- demonstrate knowledge of the crystal structures (Bravais lattices) and crystal symmetries.
- demonstrate knowledge of experimental techniques for crystal structure measurements.
- acquire basic concepts and approaches used to describe forces between atoms and molecules, and demonstrate that on molecular crystals, ionic crystals, crystals and molecules with hydrogen bonding, metals and insulator/semiconductor.
- demonstrate knowledge of quantum mechanical description of chemical bonds, and apply it to H2 and H2+ molecule.
- demonstrate knowledge of quantum mechanics in periodic potential, explain how the periodic structure of crystals affects the electronic structure, and understand differences between the electronic structure of metals and insulators.
- demonstrate knowledge of lattice excitations, their spectra in long and short wave limit, excitation spectra for simple and multi atom unit cells, phonon density of states, van Hove singularities, and apply that to thermodynamic properties.
- demonstrate knowledge of experimental techniques (infrared, Raman and neutron spectroscopy).
1st week - Introductory lecture
2nd -3rd week -The crystal structure, experimental measurements
4th -5th week: Chemical Bonding
6th week: The molecular crystals
7th week: The ionic crystals
8th to 10th week: Metals: Sommerfeld model, energy bands and gaps, Wigner-Seitz model of sodium, approximation strong relationships, thermodynamics, experimental measurements
11th week: Covalent crystals, hydrogen bond
12th to 15th week: Dynamics of the crystal lattice (longwave limit, phonon excitations, thermodynamics and experimental measurements)
REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS:
Students must attend to the lectures 70% minimum.
GRADING AND ASSESSING THE WORK OF STUDENTS:
Students obtain the final grade based on the success achieved in the written part of the exam and the knowledge and understanding shown in the oral examination. The weight fraction in the overall assessment is 1/3 for written part and 2/3 for oral part.