
Course unit
SOLID STATE PHYSICS
SCP7081660, A.A. 2017/18
Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18
ECTS: details
Type 
ScientificDisciplinary Sector 
Credits allocated 
Other 
 
 
1.0 
Core courses 
FIS/03 
Material Physics 
5.0 
Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period 
First semester 
Year 
1st Year 
Teaching method 
frontal 
Organisation of didactics
Type of hours 
Credits 
Hours of teaching 
Hours of Individual study 
Shifts 
Lecture 
6.0 
48 
102.0 
No turn 
Start of activities 
02/10/2017 
End of activities 
19/01/2018 
Examination board
Examination board not defined
Prerequisites:

Knowledge of elements of elementary quantum mechanics.
Knowledge of elements of elementary Statistical Mechanics
(distribution functions, statistical ensembles, ensemmble
averages, etc.) 
Target skills and knowledge:

Fundamental concepts of Solid State Physics and
connections between the microscopic physical laws
and the experimentally measurable properties.
Capability to solve problems that involve the properties
of condensed matter.
Capability of applying to real systems simple
predictive models that embody properties of
condensed matter systems on the microscopic scale. 
Examination methods:

Oral exam 
Assessment criteria:

Adequate comprehension and global knowledge of
concepts and arguments described throughout the
course. 
Course unit contents:

Chemical bonds in solids;
The structure of crystals;
Bravais lattices and bases;
Simple crystal structures;
Reciprocal lattice;
Diffraction by periodic structures and experimental techniques;
The Bragg law;
Adiabatic approximation;
Lattice dynamics;
Harmonic approximation,
The dynamical Matrix;
phonons;
Monoatomic and diatomic linear chains;
Spectroscopy of phonons;
Thermal properties of crystals;
Lattice specific heat;
Anharmonic effects: thermal expansion, thermal conductivity of insulating materials;
"free" electrons model;
Electronic specific heat;
electrostatic screening in a Fermi gas.;
Bloch theorem;
Band structure;
"quasifree" electron approximation;
"tight binding" approximation;
Examples of band structures;
Transport phenomena;
The Drude model;
Hall effect in metals;
Semiclassical model;
The concept of "hole";
Electrical and thermal conductivity in metals;
Law of Wiedemann and Franz;
Semiconductors;
Cyclotron Resonance;
Carriers concentration in intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors;
"Doping" and dopant states;
electron and hole mobility;
Electrical conductivity in semiconductors;
Hall effect in semiconductors;
The Fermi surface in real metals.
Superconductivity. 
Planned learning activities and teaching methods:

Lectures with the use of conventional blackboard and
projector for transparencies.
On a weekly basis, simple problems about
arguments covered during the classes will be
handed to the students, to be solved
on their own within a few days. 
Additional notes about suggested reading:

Photocopies of the slides shown during the classes (in electronic pdf format) will be given to the students. 
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings) 

C.Kittel, "Introduzione alla Fisica dello Stato Solido". : , .

N.Ashcroft e D.Mermin, "Solid State Physics". : , .


