This robust form of carbon (C60) remains intact when cooled into a crystal. Discovered by Kroto and Smalley. P. W. Stephens and L. Mihaly did important early research on solid phases. Zeilinger et al. did quantum interference experiments.
This nice molecule (Mo8C12) only
exists in gas phase. It reacts to make other compounds
in condensed phases. Disovered in molecular beams
by Castleman et al.,
drawn by J. Muckerman
midterm exam Wed. March 13
Final exam Tuesday May 14,
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equations to memorize
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data base; periodic table of the Fermi surfaces.
The text is S. H. Simon,
The Oxford Solid State Basics,
(Oxford 2013). For other recommended books, see the book list.
Nanowires, nanorods, and nanotubes are a wonderful area lying nicely between solid state and molecular physics. Chemical reactions catalyzed on the surface of nanoparticles like these are a hot area of research.
A study of the different types of solids, with emphasis on their thermal, electrical, and optical properties. It introduces the concepts of phonons and electronic bands, and applications to metals, semiconductors, superconductors, and magnetism.
Prerequisite: PHY 306 and 308
Additional topics not mentioned in the
bulletin description: a little nanophysics and
Syllabus for Spring 2013
I. Aims of the course: To give an introduction to the modern study of solids, both theoretical and experimental.
II. Procedures and Requirements: Attendance at lecture is required except when excused for cause. There will be homework problems assigned (7-10 problem sets over the semester.)
III. Grading: Homeworks will be graded and
returned. A=very good, B=good; C=satisfactory,
D=unsatisfactory. The final grade will be 45% homework and
attendance, 15% midterm, and 40% final exam. If the final
exam grade is a significant improvement over the midterm exam
grade, a corresponding upward adjustment will be made in the
midterm exam grade.
IV Required text: Steven H.
Simon, The Oxford Solid State Basics, Oxford , 2013.
V. Americans with Disabilities Act: If you have a physical,
psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your
course work, please contact Disability Support Services,
ECC(Educational Communications Center) Building, Room 128, (631)632-6748.
They will determine with you what accommodations, if any, are
necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is
Honesty: Discussions with faculty and fellow
students are strongly encouraged,
but work which is submitted for grading must be in your own
words. You should review the definition of plagiarism.
Here are the provost's word:
Academic Integrity: Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another person's work as your own is always wrong. Faculty are required to report any suspected instances of academic dishonesty to the Academic Judiciary. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty, please refer to the academic judiciary website at http://www.stonybrook.edu/uaa/
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last revised 04/13/2015 P. B.