After completion of the course the student should: • Understand the relation between the electron structure of crystalline solids and their dielectric, magnetic and superconducting properties. • Understand and use some standard models for calculations of polarisation, magnetisation and superconductivity in solids.
Dielectric properties: Sources of polarisation, electric fields inside dielectrics, depolarisation, microscopic theories of polarisation. Paramagnetism och magnetic ordering: Quantum theory of dia- and paramagnetism, exchange interaction, magnetic order: ferro, ferri- and antiferromagnetism, magnons, anisotropy and domains, soft and hard ferromagnetic materials. Superconductivity: Phenomenological description, BCS theory, thermodynamics, London equation, thin films, type I and type II superconductors, flux quantisation, electron tunnelling, Josephson effect.
Lectures, lessons and laboratory work.
Written examination at the end of the course (4 credits), laboratory course (1 credit).
week 27, 2014
Solid state physics : an introduction