## Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 3 sessions / week:

Lec 1, 2: 1.5 hours / session

Lec 3: 1 hour / session

## Prerequisites

8.044 (Statistical Physics I) and 8.05 (Quantum Physics II)

## Texts

The textbook for this class is:

Kittel, Charles. *Introduction to Solid State Physics*. 8th ed. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 2004. ISBN: 9780471415268.

A useful reference is:

Ashcroft, Neil W., and N. David Mermin. *Solid State Physics*. New York, NY: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1976. ISBN: 9780030839931.

## Exams

There will be three in-class exams and a final exam. All exams are open-book and open-note exams.

## Homework

There will be 10 problem sets, assigned roughly once a week.

## Grading

ACTIVITIES | PERCENTAGES |
---|---|

In-class exams | 30% (10% each) |

Final exam | 30% |

Homework | 40% |

## Topics

- Periodic structure and symmetry of crystals
- Diffraction, reciprocal lattice
- Chemical bonding
- Lattice dynamics
- Phonons
- Thermal properties
- Free electron gas
- Model of metals
- Bloch theorem and band structure
- Nearly free electron approximation
- Tight binding method
- Fermi surface
- Semiconductors
- Electrons
- Holes
- Impurities
- Optical properties
- Excitons
- Magnetism

## Calendar

SES # | KEY DATES |
---|---|

4 | Problem set 1 due |

7 | Problem set 2 due |

9 | Problem set 3 due |

10 | Exam 1 |

14 | Problem set 4 due |

17 | Problem set 5 due |

19 | Exam 2 |

23 | Problem set 6 due |

25 | Problem set 7 due |

27 |
Exam 3 Problem set 8 due |

30 | Problem set 9 due |

36 | Problem set 10 due |

39 | Final exam |