Solid state physics I

Goal: This solid-state physics class aims at providing the basics theories that allow to understand the properties of materials, and in particular their electronic and vibrational properties. Why are some solids metallic and other semiconducting ?  How can we describe their electrical and thermal properties ?  Applications to low-dimensional systems (including graphene and nanotubes) will serve as a bridge to nanosciences.

Content: Presentation of simple models and calculations of solids properties:

  • Free electrons : classical model: Drude model
  • Quantum model: Sommerfeld model
  • Metal / insulator : nearly free quantum model, tight binding model, Bloch therorem
  • Vibrations in solids: acoustic and optical phonons, sound velocity

Prerequisites: Elecromagnetism, waves and vibrations, basics quantum mechanics.


Introduction to solid state physics, 8th edition, Charles Kittel
Solid state physics, Neil Ashcroft and David Mermin

Published on April 7, 2019
Updated on September 23, 2022