Venue: Feynman Lecture Hall

Class Timings: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

First Class: 9th January 2023

Course Description:

a) Introduction, electrons in a metal, Drude and Sommerfeld theories, thermal transport, specific heat, electrons in electric and magnetic fields, Landau levels, integer quantum Hall effect 

(b) Band structure : electrons in 1 dimension, tight-binding and nearly free models, lattices, reciprocal spaces, Brillouin zone, Bloch theorem, 2 and 3d bands, graphene, Bragg scattering, Fermi surfaces

 (c) Phonons, second quantisation, Debye and Einstein model, 

(d) Landauer-Buttiker theory of transport

 (e) Magnetism, para- and dia- magnets, spin models, mean field theory, spin waves 

(f) Superconductivity, phenomenology, Landau-Ginzburg theory, BCS theory


•Solid State Physics ( Lecture notes) - Steve Simon 

• Solid state physics (Lecture notes) - David Tong 

• Solid state physics - Ashcroft and Mermin 

• for (d) Electron transport in mesoscopic systems - Supriya Datta

Course Evaluation: 40% home work, 30% mid-term and 30% final

Prerequisites: Quantum mechanics, basic statistical mechanics   (distributions and partition functions)