Some good condensed matter texts beyond A&M.
Cohen and Louie,
Duan Feng and Guojun Jin
Economou, The physics of Solids
Course outline. This is a rough guide to what we will learn during this fall semester
A list of possible topics to select from. Topics for in-class presentations (10+5 minutes max)
Collected in class presentations.
What is condensed matter? What is order and symmetry? / pdf file/
Lecture 1 – Introduction to density matrix formalism and Landau theory of phase transitions. / pdf file/
Can you explain those strange curves ? If not move to Lecture 2./experimental data for phase transitions/
Lecture 2 – 1st and 2d order phase transitions. UPDATED! / pdf file/
Lecture 3 – Examples of phase transitions, Ferroelectrics etc. UPDATED! / pdf file/
Landau Lifshitz v5 – Landau Lifshitz Stat. Mech. All possible formats including PDF - FREE!
MOVIE: Supercooled liquid !
MOVIE: More about supercooled liquid.
How to photograph a 1st order phase transition ?
MOVIE: What is Bose-Einstein condensation ? Ultra-cold cold atoms !
MOVIE: superfluid He4 as seen 10000 years ago.
Lecture 4 – Ginzburg-Landau theory / pdf file/
Lecture 5 – Fluctuations in 2d order phase transitions. Apology for typos!/pdf file/
How can we measure (spin) fluctuations? Lecture notes. /pdf file/
What is a goldstone mode ? /pdf file/
Drude model expt. data. /pptx file/
A geometrical interpretation of the electronic structure of metals by Lifshits and Kaganov. Great review! /pdf file/
What is electronic structure? A short overview. Can be checked further down the class. /pdf file/
Lecture 6 - Drude model./ pdf file/
Units related to light. /pdf file/
Lecture 7 - More Drude model./ pdf file/
Plasmonics in action image1 file
The Lycurgus Cup - / the oldest known plasmonic device! /
Lecture 8 - The Sommerfeld model of metals./ pdf file/
The Sommerfeld model of metals vs. Experiment./ image file/
VESTA software to visualize structures and much more. FREE! /Download file here/
Ioffe Rogel limit / pdf file/
CIF files for VESTA/ ZIP file/
A summary of lattices. / pdf file/
VESTA file for SrTiO3 / vesta file/
Lecture 9 - Unit cell, planes and all that crystallography items. / pdf file/
Simmulation - 14 types of Bravois lattice in 3D / Mathematica file/
Lecture 10 - Reciprocal and direct lattice / pdf file/
How to label high symmetry points in the BZ? / Wikipedia link/
Lecture 11 - Diffraction and crystal structure / pdf file/
Lecture 12 - Nearly free electrons model / pdf file/
Lecture 13 - LCAO or Tight binding model / pdf file/
Lecture 14 - Tight binding illusrated / pdf file/
Lecture 15 - Phonons / pdf file/
Phonon modes in 2D - /Mathematica file/
Phonon modes in 1D - /Youtube file/