3 x 1-hour lectures weekly
4 x 6-hour laboratories per semester
PHYS2701 - Quantum Concepts
Enrolment not permitted
PHYS8702 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Differential and integral calculus such as can be obtained in MATH2711 Several Variable Calculus.
Topic description

This topic includes study in:

  1. Crystal Structures, Brillouin Zones and elementary diffraction
  2. Metals and the Free electron model
  3. Band theory of solids
  4. Semiconductors and devices p-n junctions, transistors, LEDs
  5. Magnetism
  6. Superconductivity and devices
  7. Finite solids and nanostructures
  8. Wave nature of Light
  9. Waveguides, Optical fibres
  10. Lasers
  11. Photodetectors and Image sensors
  12. Polarization and non-linear optics
Educational aims

This topic aims to give students a sound understanding of the basics in solid state physics and devices, waveguides and nonlinear optics. The topic will include:

  • The understanding of the formal theories underlying these phenomena
  • Further understanding and skills to be developed through problem solving in these areas, particularly computational skills using the Mathematica high-level computational application. Laboratory experiments will be used to develop understanding of some of the key concepts as well as the further development of laboratory skills
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand the band structure of solids
  2. Explain how electronic structure affects the bulk properties of solids
  3. Describe the formation and behaviour of charge carriers
  4. Understand the working mechanisms of semiconductor and superconducting devices
  5. Understand how the properties of solids change with size

Key dates and timetable

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