Fakultät für Physik




TVI/TMP-TA1: Theoretical Solid State Physics – Overview


Exam: see detailed information below!

Note: there will be no lecture on Thursday, Feb. 8th. Instead, there will be a Q&A session in the usual lecture timeslot on Thursday, Feb. 15th at 16:15 in room B101.


Lectures: Tuesdays 12:15 - 13:45 in room A348
              Thursdays 16:15 - 17:45 in room B101

Tutorials: Fridays 12:00 - 14:00 in room A249

Prerequisites: Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Physics

The aim of this course is to learn about basic theoretical concepts and phenomena in solid state systems

Course outline (tentative):

  1. Crystal structure and phonons
  2. Band theory of electrons in solids
  3. Fermi liquid theory
  4. Interacting electrons
  5. Electron transport and the Boltzmann equation
  6. Linear response theory, dielectric properties of solids
  7. Magnetism
  8. Superconductivity

Useful Literature:

N.W. Ashcroft, N.D. Mermin: "Solid State Physics"
P.M Chaikin, T.C. Lubensky: "Principles of Condensed Matter Physics"
G.D. Mahan: "Condensed Matter in a Nutshell"

additional literature on special topics will be announced in the lecture


9 ETCS credits

the exam will be on Tue., Feb. 20th at 10:00 in room A348.

(You can bring your lecture notes, problem sets, books etc., but no electronic devices)

Office Hours:

Wednesdays, 12:00-14:00