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SCP7081660, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC2382, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track PHYSICS OF MATTER [002PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SOLID STATE PHYSICS
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Physics and Astronomy
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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Teacher in charge FRANCESCO ANCILOTTO FIS/03

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses FIS/03 Material Physics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

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 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;
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;
"quasi-free" 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;
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.
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". --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • N.Ashcroft e D.Mermin, "Solid State Physics". --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo