Solid-State Physics
Introduction to the physics of solids. Crystal structure and symmetry, X-ray diffraction, lattice vibrations, metals and semiconductors, superconductivity, thermal properties, magnetic properties, and dielectric and optical properties.
PHSCS
581
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesPhscs 222 or equivalent.
 TaughtFall
Course Outcomes: 


Physical Properties of Solids

Use these basic concepts to explain crystal structure, x-ray diffraction, lattice vibrations, behavior of electrons in metals and semiconductors, and thermal, magnetic, dielectric and optical properties of materials.

Basic Concepts in Condensed Matter Physics

Explain the following basic concepts underlying the topics in solid state physics: (1) crystal symmetry, (2) reciprocal lattice and the first Brillouin zone in k-space, and (3) the quantum behavior of electrons, Pauli's exclusion principle, and the Fermi-Dirac distribution function.

Solve Problems

Show their understanding of these topics and their underlying concepts by solving problems using a variety of mathematical tools.