A&M chapters for OUT-OF-CLASS studies. The sections labeled as prerequisite are REQUIRED reading!

Some good condensed matter texts beyond A&M.

Khomskii, |
Ketterson, |
Cohen and Louie, |
Duan Feng and Guojun Jin |
Economou, The physics of Solids |

Tentatively, the final exam will take place on December 15, at 10:30 am

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

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)

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: What is Bose-Einstein condensation ? Ultra-cold cold atoms !

**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

and image2 file (images courtesy of R. Averitt, UCSD)
**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/