Basic and Advanced Problems in Solid States Physics

Basic course given by Stefano de Gironcoli, Andrea Urru, Matteo Wauters

Term: 1

Start: 02-10-2019 End: 19-12-2019 Room: 131

Credits: 6

Schedule: Wed 11:00 - 13:00, Thu 9:00 - 11:00

Program

The course is based on the discussion and solution of basic and more advanced problems in quantum mechanics requiring also some numerical work. The aim is to help students develop critical thinking and a pragmatic mind, as well as the ability to present their results effectively. This is the basic course, which is worth 6 credits. A supplementary 2-credit course will be organized if requested by the students.

For each topic, after being warmed up with the solution of simple realizations of the basic problem under consideration (explained at first, then guided, then autonomous), students are (randomly) paired and challenged to find their way when faced with a more realistic realization of the problem, requiring a blend of analytical and numerical tools, and to present their results in a short presentation two weeks later. Evaluation will be based on the three assignments. In-class performance during exercises and quiz sessions will not be graded.

Here follows the tentative list of lectures. Students interested in a more advanced exercise/short research-project valid for the second term should contact the teacher in due time.

2/10

Tight binding. Solved exercises. (pdf)

3/10

Tight binding. Solved exercises continued. (SlaterKoster1954)

9/10

Tight binding. Guided solution. (pdf)

10/10

Tight binding.  Autonomous solution. (pdf)

16/10

Atomic physics recap. Quiz-style session. Pairing and assignment.

17/10

Q&A on demand

23/10

Q&A on demand

24/10

TB. Students' presentations

30/10

Vibrations. Solved exercises. (pdf)

31/10

Vibrations. Guided solution. (pdf)

6/11

Vibrations. Autonomous solution. (pdf)

7/11

Molecular physics recap. Quiz-style session. Pairing and assignment

13/11

Q&A on demand

14/11

Q&A on demand

20/11

Vibrations. Students' presentations

21/11

Vibrations. Students' presentations

27/11

Magnetism. Solved exercises. ( pdfSW-ch2  , corr-ch7 )

28/11

Magnetism. Guided solution. ( pdf )

04/12

Magnetism. Autonomous solution. ( pdf )

05/12

Spins and Magnetism. Quiz-style session. Pairing and assignment

11/12

Q&A on demand

12/12

Q&A on demand

18/12

Magnetism. Students' presentations

19/12

Magnetism. Students' presentations