PHYS 7050: Advanced Topics in Physics II (Solid State Physics)

PHYS 7050: Advanced Topics in Physics II (Solid State Physics)

About the Course

This subject studies applications of statistical physics and quantum mechanics to the solid state of matter. Aspects included are crystal structures, X-ray diffraction, lattice dynamics, thermal properties, and band theory of solid.

Course Syllabus

The course will mainly cover the below topics:

 1. Crystal Structures

 2. Wave diffraction from periodic structures

 3. Dynamics of atoms in crystal

 4. Thermal properties of crystal lattices

 5. The electronic band structure of solids


Recommended Background

Students are recommended to have prior knowledge in statistical physics.


Suggested Readings

1. C. Kittle, Introduction to Solid State Physics, 8th Ed. (John Wiley & Sons)

2. J.R. Christman, Fundamentals of Solid State Physics (John Wiley & Sons, 1988).

3. H. Ibach and H. Luth, Solid-state Physics, An introduction to Principles of Materials Science, 2nd Ed (Springer, 1995)

4. M.N. Ruden and J. Wilson, Elements of Solid State Physics, 2nd Ed. (John Wiley and Sons, 1993)

5. Others readings to be suggested by course instructor.


Course Format

Lecture (3 hours per week) and tutorials.



1. Continuous Assessment (E.g. Assignment, Presentation, Mid-term, etc.).

2. A two-hour final examination.


When offered

First semester.


For non-BU RPg students, fill in the usual hardcopy form (Application for Cross-institutional Course/Subject Enrolment for Research Postgraduate Students).


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