Title  ΦΥΣΙΚΗ ΣΤΕΡΕΑΣ ΚΑΤΑΣΤΑΣΗΣ / Solid State Physics 
Code  ΣΥΥ201 
Faculty  Sciences 
School  Physics 
Cycle / Level  1st / Undergraduate 
Teaching Period  Winter 
Coordinator  Eleni Paloura 
Common  No 
Status  Active 
Course ID  40003122 
Programme of Study: UPS of School of Physics (2012today)
Registered students: 421
Orientation  Attendance Type  Semester  Year  ECTS 

Core  Compulsory Course  7  4  8 
Academic Year  2019 – 2020 
Class Period  Winter 
Faculty Instructors 

Weekly Hours  4 
Class ID  600150600

Type of the Course
 Background
Course Category
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
 Face to face
Digital Course Content
 eStudy Guide https://qa.auth.gr/en/class/1/600150600
 At the Website of the School: http://qa.auth.gr/el/class/1/600007385
 Other: elearning ΑΠΘ
Erasmus
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
 Greek (Examination)
 English (Examination)
 German (Examination)
Prerequisites
Required Courses
 ΜΑΥ204 Applied Mathematics II
 ΜΑΥ205 Mathematical Methods in Physics
 ΜΑΥ206 Mathematics III
 ΓΘΥ207 Quantum Mechanics I
 ΓΘΥ209 Statistical Physics
 ΜΑΕ202 Mathematical Methods in Physics  II
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
 Make decisions
 Work in teams
 Work in an international context
Course Content (Syllabus)
Module 1 (4 hours): 1 Chemical Bonding in Solids, The periodic table of the elements, covalent, Ionic  , metallic , hydrogen and van der Waals Bond .
Module 2 (4 hours): Dynamics of Atoms in Crystals 1: Crystal potential, equation of motion, monoatomic and diatomic linear chain.
Module 3 (4 hours): Dynamics of Atoms in Crystals 2: Scattering from timevarying structures, phonon spectroscopy, elastic properties of crystals. Experimental setup Raman Spectroscopy. Problems.
Module 4 (4 hours): Thermal properties 1: Density of States, thermal energy of a harmonic oscillator, specific heat capacity. Problems.
Module 5a (2 hours): Thermal properties 2: Effects due to anharmonicity, thermal expansion, heat conduction by phonons.
Module 5b (2 hours): The "Free" electrons in solids 1: The FreeElectron Gas in an Infinite SquareWell Potential, Fermi Gas at T = 0 K.
Module 6 (4 hours): The " free" electrons in solids 2: Fermi statistics, specific heat capacity of electrons in metals, electrostatic screening in a Fermi Gas the Mott Transition, thermionic Emission of electrons from Metals. Problems.
Module 7 (4 hours): The electronic Bandstructure of Solids 1: General symmetry properties, nearly freeelectron approximation, Problems.
Module 8a (4 hours): The electronic Bandstructure of Solids 2: Tightbinding approximation, examples of bandstructures, Density of states  in crystalline and in NonCrystalline solids, Photoemission Spectroscopy.
Module 8b (2 hours): Motion of Electrons and Transport Phenomena 1: Motion of electrons in bands and the effective Mass, currents in bands and holes, scattering of electrons in bands, Problems.
Module 9a (4 hours): Motion of Electrons and Transport Phenomena 2: Boltzmann equation and relaxation time, electrical conductivity of metals, thermoelectric effect, WiedemannFranz law, electrical conductivity of localized electrons., Problems.
Module 10 (4 hours): Optical properties of Solids 1: Dielectric Function, absorption of electromagnetic radiation, dielectric function for a harmonic oscillator, longitudinal and transverse normal modes, surface waves on a Dielectric. Problems.
Module 10 (4 hours): Optical properties of Solids 2: Local Field, polarization catastrophe and ferroelectrics, freeelectron Gas, interband transitions, excitons, dielectric energy Losses of Electrons. Experimental setups: Infrared Spectroscopy, The Frustrated Total Reflection Method. Problems.
Module 12 (4 hours): Semiconductors 1: Bandstructure of important semiconductors, charge carrier density in intrinsic Semiconductors, doping of semiconductors. Problems.
Module 13 (4 hours): Semiconductors 2: Conductivity of semiconductors, pn Junction and the Metal/Semiconductor Schottky Contact, Semiconductor Heterostructures and Superlattices. Experimental setups: Hall effect, Cyclotron Resonance in Semiconductors,
Keywords
Chemical Bonding in Solids, Dynamics of Atoms in Crystals, monoatomic and diatomic linear chain, Thermal properties, Effects due to anharmonicity, "Free" electrons in solids, Mott Transition, electronic Bandstructure of Solids, Tightbinding approximation, effective Mass, currents in bands Motion of Electrons and Transport Phenomena, WiedemannFranz law, Optical properties of Solids, surface waves on a Dielectric, freeelectron Gas, interband transitions, excitons, pn Junction, Semiconductor Heterostructures, Metal/Semiconductor Schottky Contact
Educational Material Types
 Notes
 Slide presentations
 Multimedia
 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
Description
Use of PowerPoint presentations and simulation with Mathematica and Origin.
Electronic correspondence ( email)with the students.
Electronic evaluation by the students.
Course Organization
Activities  Workload  ECTS  Individual  Teamwork  Erasmus 

Lectures  117  3.9  ✓  
Reading Assigment  51  1.7  
Tutorial  39  1.3  
Exams  3  0.1  
Total  210  7 
Student Assessment
Description
Final exam
Bibliography
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Φυσική Στερεάς Κατάστασης  Εισαγωγή στις αρχές της Επιστήμης των Υλικών). H. Ibach H. Lüth. Εκδόσεις ΖΗΤΗ 2012.
Solid State Physics: An Introduction by Philip Hofmann, WileyVCH, 2015
Elementary Solid State Physics by M. A. Omar, AddisonWesley, 1999
Solid State Physics , Gerald Burns, Academic Press, 1985
Solid State Physics by Ashcroft & Mermin, Saunders College, Philadelphia
Last Update
03122019