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, firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours: 11:15 am- 12:15 pm, Tuesday
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
[04.06.2015] Midterm solution ready for downloading
[03.06.2015] Midterm date is changed to March 23, 2015
[02.23.2015] Gradebook accessible through HERE
[02.12.2015] Homework 2 and homework 1 solution ready for downloading
[01.29.2015] Homework 1 ready for downloading.
[01.22.2015] 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 Kittel rather closely. I
intend to enhance some of Kittel’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
•Introduction to Solid State
• Elementary Solid
State Physics: Principles and Applications
• Solid State Physics
By N. W. Ashcroft and N. D. Mermin
• Solid State Chemistry and Its Applications
Please bring a calculator and an equation sheet to the exams.
Homework: 25 %, Midterm: 25 %, final: 50 %.
You can check your current grade HERE.