University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Phys 5701.001

Solid-State Physics for Engineers and Scientists

Office Hours
modified 18-Jan-2018 at 7:19PM by Paul Crowell

My office hours will be Wednesday 2:45 - 4:30 and by appointment.

Week 2
posted 18-Jan-2018 at 7:11PM by Paul Crowell

The lecture on Tuesday, January 23 will continue the "primer on quantum mechanics" from last Tuesday. I will cover Hilbert space, Dirac notation, operators, expectation values, and the matrix formulation of quantum mechanics. I will probably not get to spin.

The lecture on Thursday, January 25th will continue our discussion of crystal structure, with the concept of reciprocal space and the basics of diffraction.

Problem Set 1 will be due on Thursday, January 25th. Note that the last problem (on diffraction) does not have to be handed in this Thursday. It is on there to give you a head start on next week.

Lecture Slides
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Problem Sets
modified 16-Jan-2018 at 6:05PM by Paul Crowell
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Week 1
posted 16-Jan-2018 at 6:01PM by Paul Crowell

Reading: Kittel, Chapters 1 and 2
Alternatives: Simon, Chapters 12 and 13, Ashcroft and Mermin (A&M), Chapters 4 - 7

We will spend the first two weeks on "structure and symmetry," with an emphasis on the important crystalline systems and the notion of reciprocal space. I am not going to emphasize the mathematical aspects of symmetry, such as point groups and space groups. If you are interested, Ashcroft and Mermin address these (slightly) in their Chapter 7.

The first problem set is posted. Because we are interleaving the first couple lectures on quantum mechanics, I may adjust the due date, but for the moment assume it is due Thursday, January 25.