Fakultät für Physik




EM1: Advanced Solid State Physics – Overview

Results of the final exam

are on display in Amalienstr. 54, 3rd floor


Inspection: You can check your exam either on Friday 25.02.11 in the Seminarraum Amalienstrasse 54/ II

or Friday 04.03.11 in the Kleiner Physikhörsaal between 14:00 and 16:00.

Scheine / Certificates: Will be issued on March 10 and can be picked up in the Prüfungsamt, Schellingstrasse 4/IV


The final exam will be on Monday 21.02.2011 between 9:00 and 12:00 in the Grosser Physikhoersaal.

Tools: pen/pencil, pocket calculator, one sheet DINA4 with notes



The EM1 team

Lecture: Prof. Dr. Roland Kersting

Exercises: Lidiya Osinkina, Robert Bamler, Alexander Ohlinger, Stephan Langer, Calin Hrelescu




Mo. 12:15h - 13:45h and Th. 12:15 - 13:45, room H030, Kersting

Exercises, main class:

    There may be no main class.

Exercises, small groups:

    Group A: Mon. 10:15h - 11:45h, room H030, Lidiya Osinkina

    Group B: Mon. 14:15h - 15:45h, room B011, Robert Bamler

    Group C: Tue. 8:15h - 9:45h, room H537, Alexander Ohlinger

    Group D: Wed. 14:15h -15:45h, room H030, Stephan Langer

    Group E: Fri. 14:15h - 15:45h, room H206, Calin Hrelescu

Advanced topics and office hours (new times):

Thursdays 14:15 - 15:45 in room 309, Amalienstr. 54, Kersting


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:

1) Structure of solid state materials

2) Elasticity

3) Dynamics of crystal lattices

4) Bonding

5) Electron models

6) Metals

7) Transport Properties

8) Semiconductors

9) Dielectric properties

10) Superconductors

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.



A) 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).


B) Theory:

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).


C) 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).


D) Problems and Solutions:

1) L. Mihaly and M. C. Martin, Solid State Physics, Problems and Solutions, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (1996)

2) M. C. Lux-Steiner and H. H. Hohl, Aufgabensammlung zur Festkörperphysik, Springer-Verlag (1994)

3) H. Schilling, Festkörperphysik, VEB Fachbuchverlag Leipzig (1976)

4) H. J. Goldsmith, ed., Problems in Solid State Physics, PION Limited, London, (1968?)


Concerning lecture notes:

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