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. 21 2004 final exam 2007 final exam answers to 2007 final exam Final exam Tuesday Dec. 13, 11:15 am1:45pm Note: lecture notes will be posted on "Blackboard" 
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 Fri. Sept. 9 Homework #2 due Fri. Sept. 16 Homework #3 due Fri. Sept. 23 Homework #4 due Fri. Oct. 7 Homework #5 due Fri. Oct. 14 Homework #6 due Mon. Oct. 31 Homework #7 due Wed. Nov. 9 Homework #8 due Fri. Nov. 18 Homework #9 due Fri. Dec. 9 
data base; periodic table of the Fermi surfaces. 
The
text
is
H.
Ibach
and H Luth, Solids State Physics: An
Introduction to Principles of Materials
Science, 4nd Ed. (Springer
2009). 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 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 2011
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: H. Ibach and H Luth, Solids State Physics: An Introduction to Principles of Materials Science, 4nd Ed. (Springer 2009)
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course work, please contact Disability Support Services,
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They will determine with you what accommodations, if any, are
necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is
confidential.
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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:
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Allen