University of Vermont

Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

Physics 242

Introduction to Solid State Physics

General Information

Lecturer: Dr. Dennis Clougherty
Address: Discovery W307
Telephone: (802) 656-0063
Email: dennis.clougherty(at)
Office Hours W 1-3


Lecture TR2:50-4:05OMANEX A200

Course Prerequisites

Physics 128

Course Text

Introduction to Solid State Physics, 8th edition, C. Kittel

Band structure of Silicon
(Available at the UVM Bookstore and online.)

Optional References

Solid State Physics, N. Ashcroft and D. Mermin
Elementary Solid State Physics, M. Ali Omar
Solid State Physics, H. Ibach and H. Luth

More advanced references include:
Quantum Theory of Solids, C. Kittel
Principles of the Theory of Solids, J. Ziman
Condensed Matter Physics, M. Marder
Principles of Condensed Matter Physics, P. Chaiken and T. Lubensky


There will be approximately a problem set each week. Solutions will be distributed in class.


There will be three in-class examinations. The final grade will be based on the homework and the three exams. The first exam will be given on Thursday, February 14. The second exam will be Thursday, March 21. The third exam will be Thursday, April 18.


Here are links to relevant solid state sites:
Point groups and Bravais lattices
Crystallography 101
Solid State Physics Simulation Project
Brillouin zones
Structures of simple solids
Java applets for solid state physics
Photonic Crystals
The Strain Machine
Transverse optical and acoustic phonons

Course Outline

Introduction to crystal structures, reciprocal lattices, lattice vibrations. Thermal properties of solids and free electron theory of metals and semiconductors. Elementary band theory and introduction to electronic transport theory.

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