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Semiconductors and Electronbands

Vak 2015-2016

Admission Requirements

Introduction to Solid State Physics

Description

This course centers on the electronic properties of solids. We will learn how the periodic potential in solids gives rise to insulators, semiconductors, and metals. In particular, we will look at the special properties of semiconducting materials, and how these enable modern information technology. Lastly, we discuss some recently discovered materials: semiconductor herostructures, graphene, and topological insulators.

Course objectives

The objective of this course is threefold:
(i) to get an early introduction into solid state physics and materials science
(ii) to see how insight into fundamental physics can lead to great technological progress, on the example of semiconductor physics
(iii) to get a taste of the frontier of physics with some recently discovered, still mysterious

Timetable

Rooster

Mode of instruction

Lecture

Course load

Assessment method

Written examination with short questions (100%)

Blackboard

Exercises and extra information will be posted on blackboard.
To have access to Blackboard you need a ULCN-account.Blackboard UL

Reading list

Selected chapters from “The Oxford Solid State Basics”, Steven H. Simon, Oxford University Press . Some copies of the book are available at the library

Contact

Contact details lecturer: Dr.M.P.Allan (Milan)