Condensed Matter Physics 2
Module PH0018 [KM Expert 2]
Module version of SS 2017
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.
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PH0018 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level which is offered in summer semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- Mandatory Modules in Bachelor Programme Physics (6th 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 PH0018 in the version of SS 2017 was Rudolf Gross.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
Fermi surfaces of real metals
inhomogeneous semiconductors and related devices
low-dimensional electron systems
quantum Hall effects
macroscopic electrodynamics vs microscopic theory
electronic, ionic polarisation and dipole orientation
dielectric properties of metals and semiconductors
electron-electron inteacion and screening in metals
phase transitions and ferroelecricity
atomic dia- and paramagnetism
para- and diamagnetism of metals
exchange interaction and magnetic order
phenomenological description: London- and Ginzburg-Landau theory
microscopic theory in a nutshell
Surface and interface physics
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, properties of metals, semiconductors, insulators and superconductors are addressed as well as electric, magnetic and optical properties of the different kinds of materials;
- 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;
- explain relevant device and device concepts, applications in electronics, optoeletronics as well as sensors.
The lecture considers basic knowledge in Experimental Physics, Electromagnetism, Electrodynamics, Thermodynamics, Quantum Mechanics and Physics of Condensed Matter 1.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VU||6||Condensed Matter Physics 2||Gross, R.||
singular or moved dates
and dates in groups
|UE||1||Tutorial to Condensed Matter Physics 2||Gross, R.||
singular or moved dates
Learning and Teaching Methods
The expert module Physics of Condensed Matter 2 is given in the first part of the term based on 8 SWS of lecture, 2 SWS of tutorials, 2 SWS of exercises. The tutorials is used to address general questions of students and present research topics of current interest.
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", Oldenbourg-Verlag.
N.W. Ashcroft, N.D Mermin, "Solid State Physics", Holt-Saunders International Editions.
C. Kittel, "Introduction to Solid State Physics", Wiley.
Ch. Weißmantel, C. Hamann, "Grundlagen der Festkörperphysik", Wiley-VCH.
H. Ibach, H. Lüth, "Festkörperphysik: Einführung in die Grundlagen", Springer.
W. Buckel, R. Kleiner, "Supraleitung: Grundlagen und Anwendungen", Wiley-VCH.
J.R. Hook and H.E. Hall, "Solid State Physics", Wiley & Sons, 2nd Edition.