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PHY 580: Condensed Matter Physics I

 Course Information

Please note that exact details of the course can vary

Professor:  Dr. Alexander Meyerovich

Semester: Spring in alternate years
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: PHY525, PHY570

Catalog Description: Drude and Sommerfiled theories. Crystal lattices and symmetries. Bragg scattering. Properties and calculation of electron spectra. Fermi surfaces of metals. Electrons in magnetic field. De Haas – van Alphen effect and Phonons. Electron-phonon interaction. Defects in solids. (Lec. 3) Pre: PHY 525, 570 or permission of chair.

Course Goals & Outcomes

Upon completion, successful students will be able to:

  • Understand various important topics of advanced modern condensed matter physics
  • Use new mathematical methods and applications
  • Further develop physics intuition, critical thinking, and problem solving skills
  • Conduct advanced physics research on a better foundation

Course Description

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Crystal lattices, structures, and symmetries
  • Electron and phonon spectra
  • Band calculations and Fermi surfaces
  • Dynamics of electrons in static and high frequency electric and magnetic fields.
  • Resonance and size effects
  • Electron-electron and electron-phonon interaction

Homework 60% (due in 10 days after it is assigned; 5 point off for each business day after deadline), Final exam/project 40%

 Contact Information:  Dr. Alexander Meyerovich

LEC: LEC: (3 crs.) Drude and Sommerfiled theories. Crystal lattices and symmetries. Bragg scattering. Properties and calculation of electron spectra. Fermi surfaces of metals. Electrons in magnetic field. De Haas – van Alphen effect and Phonons. Electron-phonon interaction. Defects in solids. (Lec. 3) Pre: PHY 525, 570 or permission of chair.

 

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