Fall 2021 - PHYS 465 D100

Solid State Physics (3)

Class Number: 1931

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 5030, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 14, 2021
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    SWH 10075, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 385 or CHEM 364, with a minimum grade of C-.



Crystal structure, lattice vibrations and thermal properties of solids, free electron model, band theory, and applications. Quantitative.


1) Crystal structures and binding
2) Reciprocal Lattice and Diffraction
3) Lattice Vibrations, Phonons and Related Thermal Properties
4) Free Electron Model
5) Electrons in a Crystal Lattice: energy bands
6) Semiconductors , introduction to nanophysics
7) Metals and Fermi surfaces
8) Introduction to magnetism


  • Homework 10%
  • Midterms (2) 20%
  • Term Paper 20%
  • Final Exam 50%



Required text:
1. S. Simon, The Oxford Solid State Basics ISBN:9780199680764


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