Fakultät für Physik




EM1: Advanced Solid State Physics – Übersicht

The EM1 Team


Prof. Dr. Roland Kersting

Email: emailroland


Dr. Sergei Winitzki

Email: winitzkiemail

Class Hours:


Mo. 12:15 - 13:45h and Th. 12:15 - 13:45, room (H) 007 (Schellingstr. 4), Kersting

Office hours:

Mo.15:00 - 15:45h, Amalienstr. 54, room 309, Kersting

Exercises, main class:

Mo. 16:00 - 18:00h, teaching assistant: NN

Exercises, small groups:

  • Tu. 16.00 - 18.00h, room  4/16 (Schellingstr. 4), teaching assistant: Neuhaus
  • Wd. 16.00 - 18.00h, room  B138 (Theresienstr. 39), teaching assistant: Winitzki
  • Th. 8.00 - 10.00h, room A449 (Theresienstr. 37), teaching assistant: Schoenrich

Short description

Advanced Solid State Physics is a 9 ECTS course. The course covers the physics of solid state phenomena on graduate level. Topics are:

  • Structure of solid state materials
  • Dynamics of crystal lattices
  • Electron models of metals
  • Semiconductors
  • Dielectric properties
  • Superconductors
  • Magnetic systems

Every section will start with reviewing the most fundamental concepts taught in undergraduate solid state physics. The main purpose of the course is to broaden the understanding of solid state phenomena. Additionally, modern research fields in experimental physics will be visited.


  • We will have weekly homework assignments.
  • A collection of exercises can be found on the couse's web site.
  • Students are encouraged to present the exercises during class.


The final exam will be on 22.02.2010 between 9:00 and 12:00 in room E004.

Any form of academic misconduct will lead to failing the exam.


Experimental Physics:

  1. N.W. Ashcroft and N.D. Mermin, Solid State Physics (Harcourt, 1976).
  2. S. Hunklinger, Festkörperphysik (Oldenbourg, 2007).
  3. C. Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics (Oldenbourg, 2006).
  4. P. Hofmann, Solid State Physics, an Introduction (Wiley-VCH, 2008).
  5. H. Ibach, H. Lüth, Festkörperphysik (Springer, 2000).
  6. M. P. Marder, Condensed Matter Physics (John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2000).


  1. N. Ashcroft, N. Mermin, Solid State Physics (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1987).
  2. J. Solyom, Fundamental of the Physics of Solids, vol. 1 (Springer, 2007).
  3. J. Solyom,  Fundamental of the Physics of Solids, vol. 2 (Springer, 2007).
  4. J. Ziman, Theory of Solids (Cambridge University Press, 1998).
  5. D. Pines, Elementary excitations in solids (Perseus Book, 1999).

Special Topics:

  1. C. F. Klingshirn, Semiconductor Optics (Springer, 2007).
  2. M. Schwoerer, H. C. Wolf, Organische Moleküle und Festkörper (Wiley-VCH, 2005).
  3. H. Lüth, Surfaces and Interfaces of Solid Materials (Springer-Verlag, 1996).

Concerning lecture notes

The lecture notes aren't original work. Many building blocks and figures are taken from the textbooks recommended above.

Office hours

Roland Kersting: Tuesdays 15:00 - 15:45 in room 309, Amalienstr. 54.