None at this time
Tentative: Th 3-4, Fri 1-2
9:00-10:30AM: Thursday and Friday in Blmbg. 361.
The semester will begin with transport in metals and semiconductors. Then electron-electron interactions and optical properties will be covered. The remainder of the course will cover superconductivity, disordered systems, and other topics of interest to the class.
There will not be any exams. Homework will count for 80% of the grade. The remaining 20% will be based on an oral or written presentation that each student must give on a research paper related to the course content. These papers will be chosen in collaboration with the professor.
Solving problems is not only the best way to learn physics, it is the only way. For this reason, the problem sets are probably the most important part of the course. You may work together on the problem sets; however the final writeup should be your own. To get the greatest benefit from the problems sets you should attempt to think through every problem yourself before discussing it with others. Problem sets are due on the Friday the week after they were assigned. Late homework will be given reduced credit. No credit will be given for homework more than one week late without prior approval for a compelling reason.
Syllabus: The syllabus will be updated as
the course progresses.
|Week of||Subject Matter||Reading||Problems|
|Jan. 29||Transport Properties||Ch. 13,16||Ch 13:2,5; 16.1|
|Feb. 5||Landau levels and Fermi surfaces||Ch. 14,15||Ch 14: 1,3|
|Feb. 12||Semiconductors||Ch. 28||Ch. 28:4,6a-c|
|Feb. 19||Devices and Electron Correlations||Ch. 29,17||Ch. 17:1,2|
|Feb. 26||Electron Correlations||Handout|
|Mar. 5||Screening and Cooper Pairing||Ch. 17,26||Ch 26:2,3|
|Mar. 12||Superconductivity (Experiments and Ginzburg Landau theory)||Tinkham|
|Mar. 19||Spring Vacation|
|Mar. 26||Bogoliubov transformation and BCS theory||Notes|
|Apr. 2||Quasiparticles and tunnelling||Notes|
|Apr. 9||SQUIDS, Excitations in Disordered Systems||Notes||Handout|
|Apr. 16||Neutron scattering, Excitations in Disordered systems||Handout|
|Apr. 23||Topological Defects||Handout|
|Apr. 30||Magnetism||Ch. 31-3||Paper|
|May 7||Talks by students Monday and Tuesday|