Physics 515: Metals (Spring 2010)

MWF 9:15-10:05, 502 Reiss (MWF)

Prof. Jim Freericks

Office: 552 Reiss
Office Hours: T Th 1:30-2:00, or by appointment. I am in most times except Mondays 3-4:30, Wednesdays, and Fridays 1-5
Telephone: (202) 687-6159

Course Description

This course will cover much of solid state physics basics, as applied to metals. We will discuss Bloch's theorem and band structures, electron-electron interactions, electron dynamics and transport, ferromagnetism, and superconductivity. We will cover most of Ziman's Principles of the theory of solids in this course course; in particular, selected sections in Chapters 1, 3-7, 9, 10, and 11.


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Developers of solid state physics that we will meet in this course

Anderson Bardeen Bloch Boltzmann Brillouin Fermi Kohn Landau

Some Advice

This course will have six homework assignments and a final. The final is on March 5. Most of the readings come from Ziman's Solid State Physics and original research articles. Assigned reading must be completed before the lecture where the material will be presented. In order to deliver the material in a more relaxed fashion, we will meet informally after the lecture period in the Physics lobby to complete lecture materials, discuss homework problems, and answer questions.


Homework Schedule

Grading Policy

Last modified January 5, 2010

Jim Freericks, Professor of Physics, freericks at physics dot georgetown dot edu