Condensed Matter Physics 1
Module PH0017 [KM Expert 1]
Module version of WS 2010/1
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.
|available module versions|
|WS 2022/3||WS 2021/2||WS 2020/1||WS 2019/20||WS 2018/9||WS 2017/8||WS 2010/1|
PH0017 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level which is offered in winter semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- Mandatory Modules in Bachelor Programme Physics (5th Semester, Specialization KM)
If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|270 h||90 h||9 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH0017 in the version of WS 2010/1 was Rudolf Gross.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
Crystal structure and structural analysis:
periodic lattices – basic terms, definitions and basic forms
specific crystal structures
defects and real crystals
reciprocal lattice and diffraction
van-der-Waals, ionic binding
covalent and metallic binding
classical theory of lattice dynamics
quantisation of lattice vibrations
density of states in the phonon spectrum
specific heat capacity
anharmonic effects and thermal expansion
Electrons in solids:
Bloch states and band structure
classification scheme for metals, semi-metals, semiconductors, insulators
Dynamics of electrons in solids:
Boltzmann equation and coefficients
The lecture and exercise group allow the students to:
- apply basic concepts from Condensed Matter Physics, to explain physical properties related to the condensed state of matter by considering the crystalline nature. In particular, mechanical properties, lattice dynamics, specific heat, heat conduction, basics of electron transport can be addressed;
- know the impact of pioneers in the field of condensed matter physics for the most relevant inventions and discoveries;
- sketch important experimental techniques;
- explain physical properties by considering classical theories, quantum theory and thermodynamics;
- apply expert knowledge to daily life situations concerned with condensed matter physics, lab excercises, internships and future experiments.
Knowledge of experimental physics, electromagnetism, electrodynamics, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VU||6||Condensed matter physics 1||Gross, R.||
Tue, 12:00–14:00, PH HS2
Thu, 12:00–14:00, PH HS2
and dates in groups
Learning and Teaching Methods
lecture (4 hour per week) and exercises (2 hour per week)
Hand written notes on the tablet PC, sketches of experimental setups, presentation of relevant data using powerpoint, handouts of relevant slides. A pdf version of the lecture content will be provided via the internet for download. At the same time, there will be exercises for download and discussion in exercise groups.
R. Gross, A. Marx, (in German) "Festkörperphysik", 2. Auflage, De Gruyter (2014).
N.W. Ahcroft, N.D Mermin, "Solid State Physics", Holt-Saunders International Editions.
C. Kittel, "Introduction to Solid State Physics", Wiley.
Ch. Weißmantel, C. Hamann, (in German) "Grundlagen der Festkörperphysik", Wiley-VCH.
H. Ibach, H. Lüth, (in German) "Festkörperphysik: Einführung in die Grundlagen", Springer.