Physics 406 Introduction to Solid State Physics
Instructor: Prof. Sang-W. Cheong Lectures: Mondays, Thursdays 10:20 - 11:40 am ARC 204
Grader: Yazhong Wang Office Hours: 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm, Friday
Office: Serin 258 848-445-9023
(a) Single crystal of TbMn2O5
(b) Electronic band structure of the surface of Bi2Se3 (topological insulator)
(c) Ferroelectric domains in YMnO3
(d) Magnetic bubble domain (skyrmion) in MnSi
(e) Superconducting vortices in NbSe2
[04.17.2014] Office hours have been changed from 11 am – noon on Tuesday to 2-3 pm on Friday.
[04.10.2014] Problem in Homework 4 has changed.
[03.31.2014] Midterm solution has been added.
[03.05.2014] Homework 3 has been changed.
[02.18.2014] Access to gradebook is added in the Grading section.
[02.17.2014] One more problem is added in Homework 2, due on Thursday.
[01.31.2014] Homework 1 has been added an addition problem.
[01.23.2014] Welcome to the spring semester!
Problem sets will be handed out in class on Thursdays and will be due the following Thursday. Solutions will be given out the next Monday. Homework handed in late will be penalized 20 %. No homework will be accepted after the solutions are available. (I strongly recommend that you understand all homework problems as preparation for the exams).
The course will follow the topics of Omar rather closely. I
intend to enhance some of Omar’s discussion by including solid state
chemistry and materials science aspects. Below, I have outlined the
topics for the course. I reserve the right to tailor this program as
we progress, and I will keep you informed as to what is expected of
you. Topics of current interest will be covered throughout the
• Elementary Solid
State Physics: Principles and Applications
• Introduction to Solid State
• Solid State Chemistry and Its
Please bring a calculator and an equation sheet to the exams.
Homework: 25 %, Midterm: 25 %, final: 50 %.
You can check your current grade HERE.