Introduction to the basic concepts of the quantum theory of solids. 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; and magnetism. From the course home page: Course Highlights Physics of Solids I provides an introduction to the basic concepts of the quantum theory of solids. This website features comprehensive problem sets. Course Description The topics covered in this course include: * 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 and * Magnetism
Keywords:periodic structure and symmetry of crystals, diffraction, reciprocal lattice, chemical bonding, 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, Solid state physics, 400808, Solid State and Low-Temperature Physics