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267031 VO Physics of matter II (2020W)

Solid state physics

4.00 ECTS (4.00 SWS), SPL 26 - Physik


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

online only course

Wednesday 07.10. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Monday 12.10. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Wednesday 14.10. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Monday 19.10. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Wednesday 21.10. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Wednesday 28.10. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Wednesday 04.11. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Monday 09.11. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Wednesday 11.11. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Monday 16.11. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Wednesday 18.11. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Monday 23.11. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Wednesday 25.11. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Monday 30.11. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Wednesday 02.12. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Monday 07.12. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Wednesday 09.12. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Monday 14.12. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Wednesday 16.12. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Monday 11.01. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Wednesday 13.01. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Monday 18.01. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Wednesday 20.01. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course is in the undergraduate studies programme 'physics teachers'. An overview on condensed matter physics and its properties is given (solid state physics). The following topics are discussed: Crystals and crystal systems, lattices, reciprocal lattice, crystal structure determination, diffraction, crystal growth, scattering and the relation to structure using x-rays and neutrons; metals: (Drude's & Sommerfeld's models), electrons in a periodic medium, Bloch-theorem, electron dynamics, Fermi surfaces, phonons, harmonic crystal, classification of solid state (binding types); Electrical properties: semiconductors, insulators. Magnetism: dia-& paramagnetism, superconduction, ferroic materials, domain states, noncrystalline materials: quasicrystals, polymers, glasses, liquid crystals; photonic crystals, anharmonic effects, nonlinear phenomena; Experimental techniques: selected methods (TEM, SEM, Raman, DMA, AFM,x-ray,neutron diffraction); defects
  • flipped classroom in reduced format if desired/possible; slides are made available in advance

  • lecture via Blackboard Collaborate in portions of 15-20 min

  • discussion between students (5 min breakout rooms)

  • quizzes and polls

  • questions at any time using the chat-function

  • discussion forum moodle platform

Assessment and permitted materials

Oral examination: provided slides will be used for checking the understanding of solid state physics

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimal requirement: Basic understanding of solid state physics (passed).
E.g.,: what is a crystal? How can the structure of solid matter be determined? How can electronic, thermal, magnetic, optical, elastic properties of crystalline matter be understood and which techniques for exploring the properties can be used?
Two to four central questions will be asked:

  1. did not unterstand basic concepts=>nicht genügend

  2. basic concepts understood=>genügend

  3. +able to properly explain these concepts=>befriedigend

  4. + able to apply these concepts=>gut

  5. +exceeding basic concepts (e.g., calculations)=>sehr gut

Examination topics

Solid state physics

Reading list

  1. R. Gross and A. Marx, Festkörperphysik (Oldenbourg Verlag, München, 2012).e-book!

  2. W. Demtröder, Experimentalphysik 3: Atome, Moleküle, Festkörper, 2. Auflage (Springer, Berlin-Heidelberg, 2000). e-book!

  3. C. Kittel, Einführung in die Festkörperphysik, 14. Auflage (Oldenbourg Verlag, München, 2006).

  4. W. Nolting, Grundkurs Theoretische Physik 5/1 - Quantenmechanik Grundlagen, 8. Auflage (Springer Spektrum, Berlin Heidelberg, 2013).e-book!

Association in the course directory

UF PHYS 07, LA-Ph211, LA-Ph212(3)

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