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Solid State Physics Ii

COURSE CODE: PHY3103
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 45
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Education (Physics) - B.Ed
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Solid State Physics provides the basis for the most important technological advances of the 20th century.  It also provides a wide range of opportunities to ‘see’ the effects of Quantum Physics in action. Specific topics include:

Free electron model of metals, Bloch states and energy bands, reciprocal space and the Fermi surface, electron dynamics, Landau levels, crystal structure, Brillouin zones, elementary diffraction theory, bonding, cohesive processes, impurity states, impurity conductivity, lattice vibration, monatomic and diatomic chain, acoustic and optic phonons, Einstein and Debye models, dielectric effects, basics of superconductivity.

EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the course, the students should be able to:

·         Explain behavior of electrons in metals and semiconductors, superconductivity, magnetic and optical properties of materials.

·         Solve problems associated with major topics in solid state physics using a variety of mathematical tools.

·         Discuss a detailed treatment of the quantum theory of solids.

·         Discuss the foundation theory of solid state electronic devices.


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