The "Condensed Matter Physics I" Course is given in the first term, for a total number of 48 hours (6 credits). It is compulsory for all the training tracks.
The course will provide theoretical concepts fundamental to understanding the behaviour of electrons in crystals and the basic tools to treat them, both in problems solvable with classical methods and those requiring a quantum treatment. Main topics: models for non-interacting electrons; crystalline lattices and structures; independent electrons in a periodic potential (Bloch electrons) and energy bands; semiconductors; magnetism.
Lectures planned from Oct. 4, 2017 - Dec. 22, 2017:
Wed., 9:00-11:00, Room V, Building A
Thu., 11:00-13:00, Room A "Costruzioni", Building C9
Additional few lectures are planned in other days (see detailed calendar; pay attention to the announcements)
N. Ashcroft, N D. Mermin, Solid State Physics, Saunders College (1976) (main text)
G. Grosso and G. Pastori Parravicini, Solid State Physics, Elsevier
C. Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics, Wiley (1996).
L. Mihaly e M.C. Martin, Solid State Physics: Problems and Solutions, Wiley (1996).
The exam includes written & oral parts
Written part: Two
partial written tests are planned during the Course, on the first and on the
second half of the program, with
dates: Nov. 8, 2017 and Jan. 15, 2018 (FINAL DATES).
Alternatively (if preferred, or if partial written tests not passed): final written test (2 dates in Jan/Feb 2018; 2 in June/July; 2 in September - see detailed calendar)
The students who pass successfully the partial written tests can afford the oral exam during the Jan/Feb session. The oral exam must be done immediately after the written test.
Typically 2 - 3 hours available for the written tests. Books and lecture notes can be used during the written exams.