Physics 601: Solid State Physics I

Fall 2004

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rutgers University

**Lectures:** Mondays and Wednesdays 1:10-2:30, ARC 207

First meeting: Wednesday, September 1, 2004

**Instructor: **Karin M. Rabe

office: Serin 275A (East Wing)

phone: 5-4186

email: rabe@physics.rutgers.edu

**Text:** Solid State Physics, by G. Grosso and G.
Pastori-Parravicini (Academic Press, 2000).

**Supplementary reading:**

Structure and Dynamics, by M. T. Dove

Solid State Physics, by N. Ashcroft and D. Mermin

Introduction to Solid State Physics, by C. Kittel

Band Theory of Solids, S. L. Altmann

Condensed Matter Physics, by M. P. Marder

Free and independent electron gas (III)

Crystal structure (II)

Structure determination by diffraction (X)

Electronic structure (III, IV, V and VI)

Lattice dynamics (IX)

Interacting electronic-nuclear systems (VIII)

The lectures and problem sets will include applications to systems of current interest, especially structurally and chemically complex materials.

Physics 602 in the spring semester will cover he response of solids to applied fields (transport and optical properties), and properties of crystals dependent upon electron-electron interactions (superconductivity and magnetism).

**Course requirements **are the weekly problem sets. Some of the
problems will require the ability to solve problems numerically and
display functions and numerical results graphically using Mathematica
or a comparable package. An introductory tutorial session will be
scheduled for those in the class who do not have the necessary
familiarity with Mathematica.

Prerequisites are knowledge of quantum mechanics, electromagnetism and
statistical physics, at least at the undergraduate level. Previous
exposure to solid state
physics in an undergraduate-level course will be very helpful, but not
absolutely
necessary for sufficiently motivated students.