This robust form of carbon (C_{60})
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 (Mo_{8}C_{12}) 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 Friday Oct. 26 answers to midterm (2004 final exam) final exam answers to final exam Final exam Friday Dec. 21, 11am1:30pm 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 longrange forces phonon notes linear response theory creation operators 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
notions
of solid state physics, treated mostly within the singleparticle
approximation.
Main topics include: crystal lattices and symmetries, reciprocal
lattice
and state counting, phonons, electron energy band theory, bonding and
cohesion
(semiquantitatively), electron dynamics and electron transport in
metals
and semiconductors, screening, optical properties of solids, and an
introduction
to magnetism. Additional topics not mentioned
in the bulletin description: superconductivity, a little
nanophysics,
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 (710 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
exam grade.
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.
VI.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) 6326748. 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
procedures
and information, go to the following web site.
<http://www.sunysb.edu/facilities/ehs/fire/disabilities.shtml>
VII. critical incidents
last revised 10/29/07 P. B. Allen