Physics and astronomy
Advanced Condensed State Physics
Module code: F3231
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Workshop, Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination
This module covers the following topics:
- Electronic Energy bands in Solids. Electrons in periodic potentials; Brillouin Zones; Bloch states. Nearly Free Electron (NFE) model. Tight-Binding Approximation (TBA) model. Band structure of selected metals, insulators and semiconductors. Optical Properties.
- Electron Dynamics. Electrons and holes. Effective Mass. Mobilities. Magneto-transport.
- Semiconductors. Classification; Energy Gaps. Donor and Acceptor doping. Equilibrium carrier statistics in intrinsic and doped materials. Temperature dependence of electrical and optical properties.
- Semiconductor Devices. p-n junctions. Diodes, LEDs, Lasers, Transistors. Superlattices and 2DEG devices.
- Lattice Defects. Types of defects. Electronic and optical effects of defects in semiconductors and insulators.
Level 5: (F3239) Quantum Mechanics 1 [T2]
Level 6: (F3230) Condensed State Physics [T1]
Module learning outcomes
- Ability to describe the electronic and optical properties of solids in terms of their band structure
- Demonstrate an understanding of the behaviour of semiconducting materials and how this is used in devices.
- Ability to describe the role of defects on various electronic and optical properties of solids.