This page contains links for an introductory graduate course in Solid State physics room 309 Braunstein 1:00-1:50 (see the UC calendar for important dates). For a more complete description of the course, please see the course syllabus. All of the original material is copyrighted to prevent others from publishing it for profit. However, please feel free to use and distribute these course materials (profit free) to your students. Also, email submissions of solutions, chapters, revisions will be gladly accepted and posted on this site (especially those involving computer symbolic manipulation, simulations, and visualization). Presently, the notes and homework assignments are available for the first twelve chapters of the course. Homework solutions will only be posted for two weeks after their due dates; however, they are available by request to Professors at other Universities (please send a regular-mail request written on letterhead to Mark jarrell, Dept. of Physics and Atronomy, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge LA. Include your email address, and I will send you what I have). A public http subdirectory for each chapter can be accessed by clicking on the corresponding graphic. Each of these subdirectories contains at least four files: 


  1. chap#.ps, notes for the chapter # (Postscript printer file)

  2. chap#.pdf, PDF notes for chapter# (with embedded fonts)

  3. chap#.tex, a LaTeX version of chapter # notes

  4. chap#.uu, a self-unpacking uuencoded file containing the corresponding postscript figures


First Quarter 


Chapter 1. Chemical Bonding and Atomic Physics. Download: Latex Source , full Postscript or PDF notes, just the figures , the homework assignment or the solutions

Chapter 2. Crystal Structures and Symmetry. Download: Latex Source , full Postscript or PDF notes, just the figures , the homework assignment or the solutions

Chapter3. The Classical Theory of Crystal Diffraction. Download: Latex Source , full Postscript or PDF notes, just the figures , the homework assignment or the solutions (look at Laurie Robinson's Solution to the Mathematica Scattering Problem)

Chapter4. Crystal Lattice Dynamics and the Quantum Theory of Neutron Scattering. Download: Latex Source , full Postscript or PDF notes, just the figures, the homework assignment or the solutions.

Chapter5. Thermal Properties of Crystal Lattices. Download: Latex Source , full Postscript or PDF notes, just the figures , the homework assignment or the solutions.

Chapter6. The Electronic Fermi Liquid. Download: Latex Source , full Postscript or PDF notes, just the figures , the homework assignment or the solutions.



The grade for this quarter will be determined by the homework (50%) the essay (25%) and the talk (25%). Hand the homework directly to Anup Mishra, the course grader. The essay/talk are part of a Materials Review in which you may describe the interesting properties of a material or class of materials in six pages or less, including figures and references but excluding the title page. You will present a talk in class on the same subject. Please look at the speaking and writing guides on John Wilkins' web page. A LaTeX template for this project, (eventually) talk schedule, as well as various guides are linked here.


Second Quarter



Chapter 7. Band Structure of Solids. Download: the Latex Source , full Postscript or PDF notes, just the figures , the homework assignment or the homework solutions (Mathematica Notebook)

A lecture on Density Functional Theory (W. Aulbur)

Chapter 8. Magnetism. Download: the Latex Source , full Postscript or PDF , just the figures , the homework assignment or the homework solutions

Chapter 9. Electronic Transport. Download: the Latex Source , full Postscript or PDF , just the figures , the homework assignment or the homework solutions

Chapter10. Superconductivity. Download: the Latex Source , Postscript or PDF notes, just the figures , the homework assignment or the homework solutions.

Chapter 11. Dielectric Properties of Materials. Download: the Latex Source , full Postscript or PDF notes, just the figures, or the homework assignment

Chapter 12. Semiconductors. Download: the Latex Source, full Postscript or PDF notes, just the figures , or the homework assignment



The grade for this quarter will be determined by the homework (50%) the essay (25%) and the talk (25%). The essay/talk are part of an Experimental Methods Review in which you must describe an experimental method in in six pages or less, including figures and references but excluding the title page. Please take a look at the efforts of your colleagues in years past. You will present a talk in class on the same subject. Please look at the speaking and writing guides on John Wilkins' web page. A LaTeX template for this project, (eventually) talk schedule, as well as various guides are linked here.

E-mail: jarrell@phys.lsu.edu

This work was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and by the Ohio Supercomputer Center

This work was sponsored by the NSF