Special Topics: Solid State Physics

Physics 140. Fall 2018. Physics and Astronomy Department. Saint Mary's College of California

This course is an introduction to solid state physics. Topics include crystal structure, mechanical properties, thermal properties of the lattice, electronic properties of metals, semiconductors, and magnetism. Prerequisites: Physics 1-4 and Math 39.

This course is an opportunity to understand the principles used to describe various solid state phenomena, study applications of theory to real world problems, gain further experience with mathematical techniques used in physics and engineering, and develop confidence in using previously learned material to understand new topics.

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week Tuesday Thursday notes
1
8.28. Intro. Bonding.
NaCl
probs 1-4 due 8.30
8.30. Bonding cont'd
Periodic table, NaCl
probs 5-14 due 9.4
2
09.04 Crystal structure.
schematic, TEM images, 3D views
probs 1-7 due 9.6
09.06 Crystal structure cont'd.
Miller indices, xray 1, xray 2, XRD, microscopy
probs 8-15 due 9.11
Last day for add/drop Tue9.4
EC: Advice with a Slice. Mon 9.10 5:30 Gal202
3
09.11 Mechanical properties.
fundamental properties, elastic deformation
probs 1-7 due 9.13
09.13 Mechanical prop contd.
plastic deformation. edge dislocation, slip, crack
probs 8-13 due 9.18
4
09.18 Thermal properties of the lattice.
lattice vibrations, 1D infinite chain, dispersion
phase and group velocity example1 example2, periodicity of k
probs 1-6 due 9.20
09.20
5
09.25 09.27
6
10.02 10.04
7
10.09 10.11
8
10.16 10.18 MIDTERM HOLIDAY
9
10.23 10.25
10
10.30 11.01 PFW deadline Mon10.29
11
11.06 11.08 registration week for Spring
EC: VOTING DAY. Tuesday Nov 6
12
11.13 11.15
13
11.20 11.22 THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
14
11.27 11.29
Finals
12.06 FINAL EXAM
8am-10am