Physics 406 Introduction to Solid State Physics



Instructor: Prof. Sang-W. Cheong                                                


(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


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 course.

Structure Properties of Materials

Crystal binding

Lattice Vibrations and Thermal Properties

Electronic Properties of Solids


Optical Properties of Solids

Magnetic Properties of Solids

Dielectric and Ferroelectric Properties




•Introduction to Solid State Physics

By C. Kittel (John Wiley, New York, 2005)


Elementary Solid State Physics: Principles and Applications

By M. Ali Omar (Addison-Wesley 1993)

Solid State Physics

By N. W. Ashcroft and N. D. Mermin
(Holt, Rienhart and Winston, New York, 1976)

Solid State Chemistry and Its Applications
By A. R. West (John Wiley & Sons, 1989)