Solid State Physics (PHYS 302)

2021 Spring
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Physics(PHYS)
3
6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
İnanç Adagideli adagideli@sabanciuniv.edu,
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English
Undergraduate
PHYS303
Formal lecture
Discussion based learning,Task based learning
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CONTENT

Free electron theory of metals. Crystal lattices and structures. Band theory of solids. Physics of semiconductors. Transport and optical processes. Introduction to devices based on p-n junctions.

OBJECTIVE

To provide an introduction to how the structure and the behavior of electrons and ions determines the physical properties (mechanical, electronic, optical and magnetic) of solids.
To provide a solid foundation for an advanced condensed matter course.
(Minor Honors Program in Physics)

LEARNING OUTCOME

Describe crystal structures in terms of a lattice and unit cell and calculate the cohesive energy of the corresponding structures.

Study the diffraction from crystal and thus determine the crystal structure of a material.
Understand the collective nature of vibrational modes of a lattice (phonons) and relate the thermal properties (specific heat, thermal conductivity) to the behavior of these oscillations.
Comprehend the free electron model and have a clear understanding of strengths and weaknesses of the model in explaining the electronic properties of solids.
Explain the electronic properties of solids both from the point of view of the nearly free electron model and tight binding model.
Understand the basic features of semiconductor and relate these to simple semiconducting devices.

ASSESSMENT METHODS and CRITERIA

  Percentage (%)
Final 40
Midterm 40
Participation 20

RECOMENDED or REQUIRED READINGS

Textbook

The Oxford Solid State Basics
by Steven H. Simon

Readings

Introduction to Solid State Physics 7th Ed by Charles Kittel
Solid State Physics by Ashcroft/Mermin
Solid State Physics by J. R. Hook and H. E. Hall
Physics of Solids by Richard Turton