Course Information
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorEleni Paloura
Course ID40003384

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours2
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Relate the key characteristics of individual natural phenomena. • Learn to study phenomena integrated rather than piecemeal. • Relate theory with everyday devices. • Do introductory and qualitative research and be able to couple it with theory. • To practice in the analysis and interpretation of qualitative data.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Chemical Bonding in Solids, covalent & Ionic Bond . Dynamics of Atoms in Crystals Thermal properties: Density of States, thermal energy of a harmonic oscillator, specific heat capacity, Effects due to anharmonicity, thermal expansion, heat conduction by phonons. The "Free" electrons in solids: The Free-Electron Gas in an Infinite Square-Well Potential, Fermi Gas at T = 0 K, Fermi statistics, specific heat capacity of electrons in metals. The electronic Bandstructure of Solids: General symmetry properties, nearly free-electron approximation, Tight-binding approximation, examples of bandstructures, Density of states - in crystalline and in Non-Crystalline solids. Motion of Electrons and Transport Phenomena: Motion of electrons in bands and the effective Mass, currents in bands and holes, relaxation time, electrical conductivity of metals. Optical properties of Solids: Dielectric Function, absorption of electromagnetic radiation, dielectric function for a harmonic oscillator, longitudinal and transverse normal modes, free-electron Gas, interband transitions, excitons, dielectric energy Losses of Electrons.. Semiconductors: Bandstructure of important semiconductors, charge carrier density in intrinsic Semiconductors, doping of semiconductors, Conductivity of semiconductors.
lattice dynamics, optical & electrical and electronic properties of solids, metals, insulators, semiconductors
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
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