The aim of the course is to provide basic knowledge and understanding of condensed matter phenomena and their physical models. Judgement will be encouraged and soft skills developed by assigning short pubblic presentations to each student.
Undergraduate level courses in classical and statistical physics, quantum mechanics and condensed matter.
Course contents summary
Crystals, Band Theory, Cohesion in Solids, Electronic transport, Magnetism
Recap on electrons in periodic potentials
Crystalline structure, reciprocal space
Cohesion in Solids
One e- approx.: HF and DFT
Electronic properties of crystals
Plane waves DFT and pseudopotentials
Practical session: setup, ground state energy
Lattice dynamics, classical and quantum theory
Practical session: phonons
Practical session: properties from phonon modes
Transport properties overview: metals and semiconductors
Magnetism and magnetic ordering
Introduction NMR, uSR, magnetometry
G. Grosso G Parravicini - Solid State Physics - Academic Press
Ashcroft, Neil W. and Mermin, N. David - Solid state physics - Saunders College Publishing
Kittel, Charles - Quantum theory of solids - John Wiley & Sons
Ziman, John M.- Principles of the theory of solids - Cambridge University Press
Use of software applications
Assessment methods and criteria
See the Elly webpage of the course from the webpage of the Master Degree in Physics.