Summer Semester 2014

Advanced Solid State Physics

Days and hours:

  • Lecture:
    • Mondays and Thursdays 12:15–14:00 hrs.
    • Room: Lecture Hall A (R. 1.3.14), Arnimallee 14
    • First Lecture: 14. April 2014

  • Exercises:
    • In small groups either Tuesdays at 16–18 or Thursdays 10–12 hrs.
    • First exercise groups: 24. or 29. April 2014, respectively.

Target Group:

Students in the Master course "Physics" or related Master courses. Knowledge in fundamental solid state physics is of advantage, but not a prerequirement for the course. Subjects from fundamental solid state physics will be briefly repeated during the lecture, such that students who have not previously taken an introductory solid state course may acquire the missing knowledge from textbooks.

Type of study:

Lecture with accompanying exercises (Examination) (Details)

Registration:

Important! Students in the Master course "Physics" have to register until 25. April 2014 in the Campus Management System for both, the lecture and the exercises, in order to take the module. Registration to the exercise groups: In addition please register until 17. April for one of the two exercise groups. Please be aware: This registration is only for organizaton purposes and does not substitute the registration in the Campus Management System! Exercise group registration: Follow this link, then login via your ZEDAT account, under "Membership" select "Joinable Sites", join "Advanced Solid State Physics", then select "Section Info" from left panel menu and join one of the two exercise groups.

Exercises:

The condition for the successful active participation in the module is the successful completion of at least 50% of practice exercises and (once in the semester) the presentation of an exercise solution at the blackboard in front of the exercise group. Successful completion of the whole module includes, in addition, passing the written exam.
Practice exercises are published online (further down) and have to be solved and submitted by the students.
The submission deadline for the solutions is mentioned on the respective exercise sheets. Exercises have to be handed in at the respective day before the start of the lecture or be put in the mailbox between rooms 1.2.38 and 1.2.40 before 10 o'clock of the same day.
Every two students from the same exercise group may submit a joint solution. In this case, both students will get the credit for correct solutions. Please put both names on the solution sheet and mark the one responsible for the final editing. This responsibility should be about balanced between the two partners over the semester. It is, of course, also possible to submit individual solutions.
Registration to the exercise groups: Follow this link, then login via your ZEDAT account, navigate to "Advanced Solid State Physics", then select "Section Info" from left panel menu and register for one of the two exercise groups.
Master students who have fulfilled the active participation in this module already in a previous semester do not need to participate in the exercises again, but may do so.
Students other than master students of physics who want to participate at the exam have sent an e-mail before May 31st to kuch@physik.fu-berlin.de, stating their name, matriculation number, and course of study.

Overview of exercise groups:

Day

Hour

Seminar room

Room nr.

Tutor

Tuesday 16–18 E2 1.1.53 Chiara Pasquini
Thursday 10–12 T3 1.3.48 Matthias Bernien

Examination:

The grade for the module will be determined by a written examination.
  • Date for the exam: 07. July 2014, during the lecture time. Please be present at 12 o'clock sharp! Time for the exam: 90 minutes (12:15 until 13:45 hrs.).
  • Allowed resources (please bring with you): Non-programmable calculator, 2 sheets (four pages) of A4 paper with hand-written notes.
  • Place: Lecture hall A, Arnimallee 14.
  • Please do not forget to bring a personal document (passport, ID card) for the exam!
  • Discussion of solutions to the exam tasks: 07. July 2014 at 14:15 o'clock in the FBR room (room no. 1.1.16).
  • Students in the master course "Physics" need to register in the Campus Management System until 25. April 2014 in order to participate in the exam.
  • Bachelor students of physics or students of other disciplines who can not register via the Campus Management System have sent an e-mail before May 31st to kuch@physik.fu-berlin.de, stating their name, matriculation number, and course of study.

Repeat exam:

  • Date for the repeat exam: 06. October 2014, 12–14 hrs. Please be present at 12 o'clock sharp! Time for the repeat exam: 90 minutes (12:15 until 13:45 hrs.).
  • Allowed resources (please bring with you): Non-programmable calculator, 2 sheets (four pages) of A4 paper with hand-written notes.
  • Place: Lecture hall A, Arnimallee 14.
  • Registered for the repeat exam are all those students who have also been registered to the first exam and have failed or not participated there. In addition, students enrolled according to the new regulations for the master course (version 2013) can participate, even when they have passed the first exam in July 2014, if this was the first time they have registered for the module "Advanced Solid State Physics". For those students, the exam with the better grade counts.
  • Please do not forget to bring a personal document (passport, ID card) for the exam!
  • Discussion of solutions to the tasks of the repeat exam: 06. October 2014 at 14:30 o'clock in lecture hall A.

Credit points:

  • 10 credit points are awarded for the successful completion of the module "Advanced Solid State Physics".
  • Students of the master course in physics will get the certification about the exam and the regular and active participation in the exercises directly through the Campus Management System. All other students will get a paper certificate.
  • If you need a paper certificate in addition to the certification in the Campus Management System, please send an e-mail to Mrs. Badow.

Material:

  • Material for the lecture will be provided online via Blackboard. Login to Blackboard requires a valid ZEDAT account. Students who are registered in the Campus-Management System for the course automatically receive access to the course material on Blackboard, otherwise a password will be required after login with the ZEDAT account. The password will be announced in the lecture.

Contents

The lecture aims to establish a link between the fundamentals of solid state physics and specialized lectures on actual research topics. The following topics will be covered:
  • Structure of solids, thin films, and surfaces
    • Examination of crystalline structure by diffraction techniques (X-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction, low-energy electron diffraction)
    • Influence of temperature, disorder, and finite sample size on diffraction patterns
    • Microscopic imaging of crystalline structure (electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy)
  • Electronic states in 3, 2, and 1 dimensions
    • Electronic band structure in 3, 2, and 1 dimensions
    • Examination of electronic states by photoelectron spectroscopy
    • Quantum well states
    • Quantum stability
  • Magnetism, phase transitions
    • Magnetic order and phase transitions
    • Examination of magnetic properties by magnetometry and magnetic spectroscopy
    • Critical behavior, critical exponents
    • Magnetic anisotropies
    • Magnetic domains, micromagnetism
    • Coupling phenomena, magnetoresistance, principles of spin electronics
The course program will cover the basics of each topic but likewise discuss current methods and problems of solid state physics. The relevant experimental techniques will be introduced and discussed using examples from actual research.

Literature:

  • C. Kittel, "Introduction to Solid State Physics", Wiley
  • N. W. Ashcroft/N. D. Mermin, "Solid state physics", Holt, Rinehart and Winston
  • J.R. Hook, H.E. Hall, "Solid State Physics", Wiley
  • J.S. Blackmore, "Solid State Physics", Cambridge University Press
  • Ph. Hofmann, "Solid State Physics", Wiley-VCH
  • Hans Lüth: "Solid surfaces, interfaces and thin films", Springer
  • D. P. Woodruff and T. A. Delchar, "Modern techniques of surface science", Cambridge University Press
  • Andrew Zangwill, "Physics at surfaces", Cambridge University Press
  • J. A. C. Bland and B. Heinrich (Eds.), "Ultrathin magnetic structures", Springer