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Quantum Condensed Matter Physics Course Page

Part II, Lent/Easter 2020/21 (Prof D A Ritchie)

Lectures will be recorded videos deposited on the Moodle site at the normal lecture times 10 am on Thursdays and  9am on Fridays during Lent Term. Easter term lecture times to be determined.

Solutions to Lecture problems will be recorded videos posted on the Moodle site.

There will be Question and Answer sessions on the lectures each week on Friday as 10am-11am until 12th March. Zoom Link below.

Students should feel free to email questions to Prof Ritchie at


Q and A sessions: Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 839 8029 4613
Passcode: 333376



PDF icon qcmp_lectures_13-16_2020-21.pdf

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, Fox and Simon 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.


Links to synopsis, lecture notes, green book and problem sheets are available on the TiS - note that the book does not cover all of the current course.

Past exam papers:


20182017201620152014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

Additional material:

Here are some of the original research papers referred to in the Course.

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

Solar cells

2DEG mobility

Quantum Hall effect

Fractional quantum Hall effect 1

Fractional quantum Hall effect 2

Quantised conductance in 1D 1

Quantised conductance in 1D 2

Single electron pumping 1

Single electron pumping 2

Single electron pumping 3

InAs quantum dot

Single photon LED

Entangled photon source

Entangled LED

Quantum cascade laser

THz quantum cascade laser

Helium viscosity

Knudsen minimum in 3He

Non Fermi liquids

Heavy Fermions UPt3 1

Heavy Fermions UPt3 2

Heavy Fermions UPt3 3

Heavy Fermions  CePd2Si2