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Part II quantum condensed matter physics

Quantum Condensed Matter Physics Course Page

Part II, Lent/Easter 2017/18 (Prof D A Ritchie)

Lectures take place in the Pippard Lecture Theatre, 10 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays during Lent Term, and at 10 am on Friday 27th April, Tuesday 1st May, Wednesday 2nd May, Friday 4th May, Tuesday 8th May, Wednesday 9th May.

Supporting material:

Text books:

  • J Singleton, Band Theory and the Electronic Properties of Solids.
  • M Fox Optical properties of Solids.
  • S H Simon, The Oxford Solid State Basics.
  • C Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics.
  • N W Ashcroft and N D Mermin, Solid State Physics.

In many key areas, the books by Singleton and Fox cover the course well. The books by Kittel and Ashcroft & Mermin are useful for those areas not covered as well as for background reading and context.


Synopsis of course

Links to lecture notes will be added as the course progresses.

Lecture 1Lecture 2Lecture 3Lecture 4Lecture 5Lecture 6Lecture 7Lecture 8, Lecture 9, Lecture 10, Lecture 11, Lecture 12, Lecture 13, Lecture 14, Lecture 15, Lecture 16, Lecture 17, Lecture 18, Lecture 19, Lecture 20, Lecture 21, Lecture 22.

Set of supplementary notes - these notes do not cover all of the current course.

Problem sets:

Links to problem sets will be added as the course progresses.

Problem sheet 1Problem sheet 2, Problem Sheet 3, Problem Sheet 4.

Past exam papers:

2017201620152014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

Additional material:

1879 Hall effect paper

Hall effect in Aluminium and Indium

Scanning Hall probe microscopy

Helium mixtures specific heat

Inelastic neutron scattering

Argon specific heat

Copper, Gold, Silver specific heat

Potassium specific heat

Thermal conductivity of diamond

Thermal conductivity of LiF (1)

Thermal conductivity of LIF (2)

Aluminium band structure

Coherent Terahertz emission

Bloch Oscillations

Optical absorption in GaAs

Optical absorption in Ge

Optical absorption in Si, Ge

Excitons in GaAs

dHvA in copper

Strontium ruthanate

dHvA strontium ruthanate



ARPES Strontium ruthanate - experiment

ARPES strontium ruthanate - theory

STM development 1

STM development 2

STM Nickel catalyst

STM quantum corral

Cyclotron resonance in Ge

Resistivity of pure metals at low T

GaAs mobility

Field effect transistors