327-1202-00L  Solid State Physics and Chemistry of Materials I

SemesterAutumn Semester 2018
LecturersN. Spaldin
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish



Courses

NumberTitleHoursLecturers
327-1202-00 GSolid State Physics and Chemistry of Materials I4 hrs
Wed08:50-11:30HIL E 7 »
11:45-12:30HCP E 47.2 »
N. Spaldin

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AbstractIn 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.
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.
Lecture notesAn electronic script for the course is provided at Link
LiteratureHand-outs with additional reading will be made available during the course and posted on the moodle page accessible through MyStudies
Prerequisites / Noticeall three of:

Grundlagen für Materialphysik, 327-0406-00L
Materialphysik I, 327-0407-00L
Materialphysik II, 327-0506-00L

or equivalent classes from another institution

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits5 credits
ExaminersN. Spaldin
Typeend-of-semester examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is only offered at the end after the course unit. Repetition only possible after re-enrolling.
Additional information on mode of examinationThere will be an optional interim exam after the first half of the semester which counts 30% to the overall grade if it improves the grade. Students can recover up to half of the missed points in their interim exam by submitting an exam review correction.

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