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Semiconductors and Electronbands


Admission Requirements

Introduction to Solid State Physics


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



Mode of instruction


Course load

Assessment method

Written examination with short questions (100%)


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