SES #  TOPICS  KEY DATES 

Electronic  Nicola Marzari  
1  From particles to waves: the Schrödinger equation  Problem set 1 out 
2  The mechanics of quantum mechanics: operators, expectation values  
3 
Measurements and probabilities The harmonic oscillator 

4  The hydrogen atom and the periodic table 
Problem set 1 due Problem set 2 out 
5  Periodicity and phonons  
6  Electrons in a lattice: Bloch’s theorem 
Problem set 2 due Problem set 3 out 
7  The nearlyfree electron model  
8 
The tightbinding model Band structures 
Problem set 3 due Problem set 4 out 
9  Semiconductors and insulators  
10  Band structure engineering 
Problem set 4 due Problem set 5 out 
11  Transport of heat and electricity  
12  Inhomogeneous and hot carriers in semiconductors  Problem set 5 due 
13  Midterm exam (during class, 1:30 hours)  Quiz 1 
14  The pn diode  
Optical I  Nicola Marzari  
15  Optical materials and refractive index  Problem set 6 out 
16  Electromagnetism in dielectric media 
Problem set 6 due Problem set 7 out 
17  Classic propagation of waves  Problem set 8 out 
18  Interband absorption  Problem set 7 due 
Magnetic  David Paul  
19  Fundamental of ferromagnetic materials  Problem set 9 out 
20  Hysteresis loop and driving energies  Problem set 8 due 
21  Hard materials and permanent magnets 
Problem set 9 due Problem set 10 out 
22 
Soft materials: thin films and nanoparticles Spintronics and GMR 

23  Spin valves, spin switches, and spin tunneling 
Problem set 10 due Problem set 11 out 
Optical II  Nicola Marzari  
24  Excitons  
25  Luminescence 
Problem set 11 due Problem set 12 out 
26  Semiconductor quantum wells  
27  Final exam 
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