Nicola Spaldin: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2021

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Name Prof. Dr. Nicola Spaldin
FieldMaterials Theory
Professur für Materialtheorie
ETH Zürich, HIT G 43.3
Wolfgang-Pauli-Str. 27
8093 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 633 37 55
Fax+41 44 633 14 59
RelationshipFull Professor

327-1300-00LJoint Group Seminar Restricted registration - show details
Only for doctoral students D-MATL
0 credits1SM. Fiebig, N. Spaldin
AbstractSeminar for doctoral students and researchers in the field of condensed matter physics
ObjectiveImproved integration of the research projects of the participating groups.
ContentPresentation and discussion of current research work.
Prerequisites / NoticeOwn scientific work.
327-2207-00LSolid State Physics and Chemistry of Materials II
Prerequisite: Solid State Physics and Chemistry of Materials I (327-1202-00L).
5 credits4GN. Spaldin
AbstractContinuation of Solid State Physics and Chemistry of Materials I
ObjectiveElectronic properties and band theory description of conventional solids
Electron-lattice coupling and its consequences in functional materials
Electron-spin/orbit coupling and its consequences in functional materials
Structure/property relationships in strongly-correlated materials
ContentIn this course we study how the properties of solids are determined from the chemistry and arrangement of the constituent atoms, with a focus on materials that are not well described by conventional band theories because their behavior is governed by strong quantum-mechanical interactions. We begin with a review of the successes of band theory in describing many properties of metals, semiconductors and insulators, and we practise building up band structures from atoms and describing the resulting properties. Then we explore classes of systems in which the coupling between the electrons and the lattice is so strong that it drives structural distortions such as Peierls instabilities, Jahn-Teller distortions, and ferroelectric transitions. Next, we move on to strong couplings between electronic charge and spin- and/or orbital- angular momentum, yielding materials with novel magnetic properties. We end with examples of the complete breakdown of single-particle band theory in so-called strongly correlated materials, which comprise for example heavy-fermion materials, frustrated magnets, materials with unusual metal-insulator transitions and the high-temperature superconductors.
Prerequisites / NoticeSolid State Physics and Chemistry of Materials I