PHZ7427--Spring 2003

Introductory remarks on PHZ7427, Solid State II

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to collective phenomena in condensed matter physics. Most of the topics roughly corresponding to the 2nd half of Ashcroft and Mermin, including magnetism, superconductivity, e-ph interaction, etc. at an introductory level. Some 2nd quantization will be introduced, but Green's functions and field theory techniques will be avoided.

Requirements will include roughly 5-6 problem sets, a journal club talk, midterm and final. There is no text this year, since I am not happy with any of them. When a decent treatment of a given subject is available in a text, particularly A & M, Kittel Quantum Theory of Solids, or Misra, I will try to refer to it.

According to the condensed matter curriculum, Solid State II is now "strongly recommended" for all condensed matter graduate students, both experimental and theoretical.