Checking date: 20/06/2022

Course: 2022/2023

Solid state fundamentals for engineering
Bachelor in Engineering Physics (Plan: 434 - Estudio: 363)

Coordinating teacher: MUÑOZ CASTELLANOS, ANGEL

Department assigned to the subject: Physics Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
It is expected the students have taken the following courses in Engineering Physics: Physics I and II, Calculus I and II, Linear Algebra, Chemistry I and II, Probability and Statistic, Materials science and engineering, Differential equations, Quantum Physics, Mechanics and relativity, Complex variables and transforms.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1.BONDING IN SOLIDS 1.1 General considerations 1.2 Ionic bonds 1.3 Covalent bonds 1.4 Van der Waals bonds 1.5 Metallic bonds 1.6 Hydrogen bonds 2. LATTICE VIBRATIONS. PHONONS- HEAT CAPACITY 2 1 Introduction 2.2 Interaction of atoms in the crystal 2.3 Vibrations of an one dimensional monoatomic chain 2.4 Vibration of an one dimensional diatomic chain 2.5 Three-dimensional lattice 2.6 Phonons 2.7 Heat capacity 3.THE THEORY OF FREE ELECTRONS IN METALS 3.1 Classical theory of metals: The Drude model 3.2 Electrical and thermal conductivity in metals 3.3 Quantum theory of metals: The Sommerfeld model 3.4 Work function 3.5 Thermionic emission 3.6 Photoelectric effect 4.THE BAND THEORY OF SOLIDS 4.1 Introduction: Band theory 4.2 Bloch theorem 4.3 The Kronig-Penny model 4.4 Some remarks about the Bloch theorem 4.5 Electrons affective mass 4.6 Metals and insulators 4.7 Holes and electrons 5.SEMICONDUCTORS 5.1 Introduction 5.2 Band Gap 5.3 Pure or intrinsic semiconductors 5.4 Extrinsic semiconductors 5.5 P-n junctions 5.6 Diodes, Transistors: Bipolar junctions transistor 6. DIELECTRIC MATERIALS 6.1 Introduction 6.2 Dielectric materials 6.3 Mechanisms of polarization 6.4 The complex dielectric constant. Frequency response 6.5 Piezoelectricity 6.6 Ferroelectricity 7.MAGNETIC MATERIALS 7.1 Introduction 7.2 Microscopic overview 7.3 Diamagnetism 7.4 Paramagnetism 7.5 Ferromagnetism and antiferromagnetism 7.6 Magnetic resonance 8.OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS 8,1 Basic concepts 8.2 Optical properties of metals 8.3 Optical properties of non-metals 8.4 Applications of optical phenomena 9. SUPERCONDUCTIVITY 9.1 Overview 9.2 Electrical rsistivity 9.3 The effects of a magnetic field 9.4 Microscopic theory 9.5 High Tc superconductors 9.6 Applications
Learning activities and methodology
AF1. THEORETICAL-PRACTICAL CLASSES. Knowledge and concepts students must acquire. Receive course notes and will have basic reference texts. Students partake in exercises to resolve practical problems AF2. TUTORING SESSIONS. Individualized attendance (individual tutoring) or in-group (group tutoring) for students with a teacher. Subjects with 6 credits have 4 hours of tutoring/ 100% on- site attendance. AF3. STUDENT INDIVIDUAL WORK OR GROUP WORK. Subjects with 6 credits have 98 hours/0% on-site. AF8. WORKSHOPS AND LABORATORY SESSIONS. Subjects with 3 credits have 4 hours with 100% on-site instruction. Subjects with 6 credits have 8 hours/100% on-site instruction. AF9. FINAL EXAM. Global assessment of knowledge, skills and capacities acquired throughout the course. It entails 4 hours/100% on-site AF8. WORKSHOPS AND LABORATORY SESSIONS. Subjects with 3 credits have 4 hours with 100% on-site instruction. Subjects with 6 credits have 8 hours/100% on-site instruction (4 laboratory sessions). MD1. THEORY CLASS. Classroom presentations by the teacher with IT and audiovisual support in which the subject`s main concepts are developed, while providing material and bibliography to complement student learning MD2. PRACTICAL CLASS. Resolution of practical cases and problem, posed by the teacher, and carried out individually or in a group MD3. TUTORING SESSIONS. Individualized attendance (individual tutoring sessions) or in-group (group tutoring sessions) for students with teacher as tutor. Subjects with 6 credits have 4 hours of tutoring/100% on-site. MD6. LABORATORY PRACTICAL SESSIONS. Applied/experimental learning/teaching in workshops and laboratories under the tutor's supervision.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Charles Kittel. Introduction to solid state physics. 8th ed. Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons . 2005
  • L. Solymar, D. Walsh. Electrical properties of materials. Oxford Universitary Press. 2010
  • Neil W. Ashcroft. Solid state physics. [International ed.]. Fort Worth etc. : Sanders College Publishing . 1976
  • Steven H. Simon. The oxford solid state basics. Ed: Oxford : Oxford University Press . 2013
Additional Bibliography
  • H. P. Myers. , Introductory solid state physics. 2nd ed. London : Taylor & Franci.
  • John R. Hook H.E Hall. Solid State Physics. 2nd ed. Chichester : John Wiley & Sons.
  • Manijeh Razeghi. Fundamentals of solid state engineering. Kluver Acacemidc Publishers 2002.
  • R. K. Puri, V.K. Babbar. Solid state physics. , S. Chand&Company, LTD, Ramnagar New Delhi.

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.