Instructor Office Email Office Hours
Dmitrii Maslov
 NPB 2114
 3 p.m. -4 p.m.
 Tue, Thu
MWF, period 7 (1:55 p.m.-2:45 p.m.)  Room NPB 1011
  • Pre-requisites
    Graduate level Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Physics, Solid State I

  • Main Text


  • Supplementary Texts

  • N. W. Ashcroft and N. D. Mermin, Solid State Physics

  • P. K. Misra, Physics of Condensed Matter

  • M. P. Marder, Condensed Matter Physics

  • L. Mihaly and M. C. Martin, Solid State Physics (2nd edition)

  • General interest

    S. Mahajan, Street-Fighting Mathematics
    the 1st edition of Mahajan's book is available here

    L. Weinstein, Guesstimation 2.0: Solving Today's Problem on the Back of a Napkin

    D. L. Maslov, Lecture notes on Qualitative Methods in Theoretical Physics
  • Syllabus

  • Quantum theory of the harmonic crystal. AM Ch. 23.
  • Measuring phonon dispersions. AM Ch. 24.
  • Anharmonic effects in crystals. AM Ch. 25.
  • Screening. AM Ch.17, p. 337-344
  • Electron-phonon interaction. Phonons in metals. AM Ch. 26+notes.
  • Electron-electron interaction. Thomas-Fermi screening. Plasmons. Lindhard functiion. Elements of the Fermi-liquid theory. AM Ch. 17+notes.
  • Semi-classical transport beyond the relaxation time approximation. AM Ch. 16+notes.
  • Quantum effects in transport. Weak localization. Aharonov-Bohm effect. Universal conductance fluctuations. Anderson localization. Altshuler-Aronov effect. Kondo effect. Coulomb blockade.Transport in ballistic devices. Landauer formula. Integer Quantum Hall Effect. Notes.
  • Electron-electron interaction and magnetic structure. AM Ch. 32.
  • Magnetic ordering. AM Ch. 33.
  • Superfluidity. Notes.
  • Superconductivity: conventional superconductors. Phonon mechanism of Cooper pairing. Landau-Ginzburg equations. Electrodynamics of superconductors. Elements of the BCS theory.  AM Ch. 34+Notes.
  • Unconventional superconductivity. Kohn-Luttinger effect. p-and d-wave pairing. HTC cuprates and pnictides. Notes.
  • Semiconductors: k dot p theory, statistics of carriers, excitons. AM Ch. 28+notes.
  • Spin-orbit interaction in solids. Fundamentals of spintronics. Notes.
  • Semiconductor devices. AM Ch. 29.
  • Required work

    Homework          30 %
     Typically, bi-weekly
    Midterm                20 %
    Final (inclusive) 30%

    Research paper  20% due Monday April 21

  • Class schedule

  • No classes:

    Jan 10 (instructor's travel. make up TBA)
    Jan 20 (MLK Day)
    March 1-8  (spring break)

  • Last day of classes: Wednesday April 23

  • Final exam: Thu May 1, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Grading policy
    Here are guidelines for your final grade, as the percentage of the total number of points:
    85-100 A

    82-84  A-
    65-81 B/B+
    50-64 C/C+
    40-49 D/D+
    0-39 F
    Depending on the overall performance of the class, these numbers may be lowered but not raised.

  • "Units rule":
    an algebraic solution to each problem MUST be accompanied by the dimensional analysis of the result.

    Without such an analysis, you will get no more than 75% of the credit, even if the solution is otherwise correct. On the other hand, if you do not know how to solve the problem but construct an approximate result, using the dimensional analysis, you may get up to 25% of the credit
  • Academic Honesty
    All students are required to abide by the Academic Honesty Guidelines
    accepted by the University. 

    Consistent with university policy, any incident of academic dishonesty in this course will be reported to the Dean of Students Office. It is normal and reasonable for students in a Physics course to work together on homework assignments. However, following the normal practices of co-authorship accepted in academic institutions, yo must list all people who you collaborated with on a particular assignment. This Instructor defines academic dishonesty as plagiarism (including copying solutions from Internet sources), fabricating data (for example, ''fixing" a solution so that it gives the correct answer), giving or receiving any unauthorized assistance on academic work, and interfering with the academic work of other students. Supplying a false or fabricated excuse for missed academic work is also academic dishonesty. If the incident is the student's first offense at UF, the student will receive a reduced or failing grade in PHZ7427. If not, the Dean of Students Office will decide on the appropriate sanction.

  • Students with disabilities
    Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to the Instructor when requesting accommodation.

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