Physics 406: Introductory Solid State Physics


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Spring 2017

Mondays, Thursdays 10:20 - 11:40 a.m.

ARC 204

Course Instructor:  Prof. Michael Gershenson

Email: gersh AT physics.rutgers.edu

Office Hour:  Fri. 3:00 - 4:00 pm (122W Serin)


Grader: Aniket Patra

Email: aniket.patra AT rutgers.edu



Overview:  This course is intended to provide an introduction to the physics of solids from an experimentalist's perspective (qualitative approach will often prevail over a quantitative one). The topics covered are listed in the syllabus. They include the static and dynamic properties of crystal lattices, the band theory of solids, electron transport in electric and magnetic fields, and superconductivity as an example of quantum collective phenomena. A few applications will be considered (from the field effect transistors to superconducting qubits).


Course Texbook: S.H.Simon, The Oxford Solid State Basics (Oxford University Press 2013).


Supplementary Texts:  


H. Ibach and H Luth. Solid-State Physics. 4th edition (Springer 2009)


C. Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics, 8th edition (John Wiley & Sons 2005).


Course News:

Lectures start on Thursday, Jan. 19