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Course: Solid State Physics

Department/Abbreviation: SLO/PL

Year: 2016

Guarantee: 'doc. Mgr. Jan Soubusta, Ph.D.'

Annotation: Brief introduction to solid state physics. Starting point is the description of the geometry of different crystals. Regular arrangement permits to use energy band model and elementary excitations as phonons, plazmons or excitons.

Course review:
1. Spatial configuration of a crystal, crystal lattice, primitive cell. 2. Crystal diffraction, reciprocal lattice, Bragg diffraction law, Brillouin zone. 3. Crystal bonding, ionic crystals, covalent crystals, metals, crystals of inert gases. 4. Lattice vibrations, acoustical, optical phonons, dispersion relations, thermal properties. 5. Metals, Fermi gas of free electrons, thermal and electrical properties. 6. Energy bands, Bloch theorem, Bloch functions, central equation. 7. Semiconductors, dispersion relations of real materials (Si, Ge, GaAs). 8. Fermi surfaces in metals, nearly free electron approximation, tight binding method. 9. Quasiparticles, plasmons, polaritons, excitons. 10. Advanced topics, superconductivity, electric and magnetic properties.