PHYS3118 Solid State Physics


PHYS3021 and PHYS3310

Course Description : 

Solid State Physics provides the basis for the most important technological advances of the 20th century.  It also provides a wide range of opportunities to ìseeî the effects of Quantum Physics in action.  Specific topics include: Types of solids, crystal structures, reciprocal lattices, lattice vibrations (phonons), x-ray and neutron diffraction for structural analysis, thermal properties of solids, Bloch's theorem and the nearly free electron model, Band structure, non-conventional crystals (e.g., molecular crystals, quasicrystals), semiconductors, doping, p-n junctions and diodes, light emitting diodes and photovoltaics, excitons and electron-photon interactions, electron-defect and hyperfine interactions, electron-phonon interactions, superconductivity, Josephson effect, SQUIDs, dielectrics, ferroelectrics, magnetism and magnetic materials, spin interactions, phase transitions in solids, magnetic devices, exotic ordered materials (e.g., multiferroics), finite solids and surface effects, Schottky barriers, MOSFETs, fabrication of solid state devices, devices in the nanoscale limit.

Semester(s) Offered: 

Semester 2


(PHYS2111 or PHYS2110) and PHYS3113

Scientia Professor

Alex Hamilton

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Scientia Professor and Head of School

Sven Rogge

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ARC Australian Professorial Fellow

Oleg Sushkov

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Associate Professor

Clemens Ulrich