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
phase. It reacts to make other compounds in condensed phases.
Disovered in molecular beams by Castleman et al., drawn by J. Muckerman
midterm exam Friday Oct. 26
answers to midterm
(2004 final exam)
answers to final exam
Final exam Friday Dec. 21, 11am-1:30pm
Note: lecture notes are no longer on the schedule page. Please go to "Blackboard" where they are archived.
Solutions to HW problems are still here.
Look on the course schedule page.
numbers to memorize
equations to memorize
shell model and long-range forces
linear response theory
2nd quantized notations
mean field & Hartree Fock theory
2x2 matrix algebra (BCS)
Homework #1 due Wed. Sept. 12
Homework #2 due Fri. Sept. 21
Homework #3 due Wed. Oct. 3
Homework #4 due Mon. Oct. 15
Homework #5 due Wed. Oct. 24
Homework #6 due Mon. Nov. 12
Homework #7 due Fri. Dec. 7
Homework #8 due
data base; periodic table of the Fermi surfaces.
The text is J. M. Ziman, Principles of the Theory of Solids, 2nd Ed. (Cambridge 1964; paperback edition 1979). For other recommended books, see the book list.
pedagogical examples of using character tables
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.
Bulletin Description: This course concentrates on the basic
of solid state physics, treated mostly within the single-particle
Main topics include: crystal lattices and symmetries, reciprocal
and state counting, phonons, electron energy band theory, bonding and
(semi-quantitatively), electron dynamics and electron transport in
and semiconductors, screening, optical properties of solids, and an
to magnetism. Additional topics not mentioned
in the bulletin description: superconductivity, a little
and a tiny bit of surface physics.
Prerequisite: It is assumed that students are familiar with quantum mechanics at the level of one semester of graduate quantum mechanics, or passage of the qualifying exam part I in physics, or a graduate level course in physical chemistry. Similar knowledge of statistical mechanics and electromagnetism is expected. A prior course in solid state physics is NOT a prerequisite, but students who have never studied this subject before should please buy a copy of Kittel's book "Introduction to Solid State Physics" and read the chapters in this book while PHY 555 covers the corresponding material at a more advanced level.
Syllabus for Fall 2004
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=good, B=passing; C=unsatisfactory. The final grade will be 40%
homework and attendance, 20% 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
IV Required text: J. M. Ziman, Principles of the Theory of Solids, 2nd Ed. (Cambridge, 1964)
V. Academic 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.
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
Building, room 128, (631) 632-6748. They will determine with you
what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and
documentation is confidential. Students requiring emergency
evacuation are encouraged to discuss their
needs with their professors and Disability Support Services. For
and information, go to the following web site.
VII. critical incidents
last revised 10/29/07 P. B. Allen