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

Email: sangc@physics.rutgers.edu


(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

RECENT UPDATES

[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!

HOMEWORKS

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).

Week of Monday Thursday
Jan. 20 No class Introduction and overview
Jan. 27   Homework 1, Homework 1 solution
Feb. 10 Homework 2, Homework 2 solution  
Feb. 24 Homework 3, Homework 3 solution  
Mar. 31 Midterm solution  
Apr. 7   Homework 4, Homework 4 solution

COURSE DESCRIPTION

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 course.

Structure Properties of Materials

Crystal binding

Lattice Vibrations and Thermal Properties

Electronic Properties of Solids

Semiconductors

Optical Properties of Solids

Magnetic Properties of Solids

Dielectric and Ferroelectric Properties

Superconductivity

TEXTBOOK

Elementary Solid State Physics: Principles and Applications

By M. Ali Omar (Addison-Wesley 1993)

Supplementary:

Introduction to Solid State Physics

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

Reserved at the Physics Library

Solid State Physics

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

Advanced solid state physics

Reserved at the Physics Library

Solid State Chemistry and Its Applications

By A. R. West (John Wiley & Sons, 1989)

Useful, but not necessary

Not reserved in the Chemistry Library

EXAMS

March 13 In-class Midterm
May 12, 8-11 am Final

Please bring a calculator and an equation sheet to the exams.

GRADING

Homework: 25 %, Midterm: 25 %, final: 50 %.

Class participation is greatly encouraged and will contribute positively towards the final grade.

You can check your current grade HERE.