J. A. Sauls

**Lectures:**
Tuesday & Thursday, 11:00 am -12:20 pm

**Where:**
Room: LG72 Tech Institute

This course is the third quarter in a graduate level course sequence on condensed matter
and materials physics. This material in this quarter will be pretty self contained and focused
primarily on kinetic theory, charge and heat transport by electrons and phonons in
semiconductors, metals and superconductors. Thus, graduate quantum mechanics (412-1,2)
and statistical mechanics (416-0) are useful preparation. The last 1/3 of the lectures
will discuss the BCS theory of electron-phonon mediated superconductivity and
the electromagnetic and transport properties of superconductors.

**Details:**

- Format: Lectures and Exercises
- Course Materials: Textbooks plus Lecture Notes
- Evaluation: Term paper
- Pre-Requisites: Phys 412-1,2 and Phys 416

**Topics**

- Quantized Atomic Vibrations: Theory of Phonons in Solids
- Anharmonic Vibrations: Phonon-Phonon Interactions
- Semi-Classical Dynamics of Electrons in Metals and Semiconductors
- Electron-Phonon Scattering - Quasiparticles I
- Electron-Electron Scattering - Quasiparticles II
- Electron-Impurity Scattering - Electronic Diffusion
- Boltzmann, Sommerfeld, and Landau's Kinetic Theory of Electrons in Metals
- Electrical and Thermal Conductivity
- Electrical Transport in Weak Magnetic Fields
- Thermo-Electric and Thermo-Magnetic Effects
- High-Frequency Conductivity - Skin Effects
- Quantum Effects at High Magnetic Fields
- Phonon Propagation in Metals - Acoustic Attenuation
- Electron-Phonon-Electron Interactions: Cooper Instability
- BCS Theory of Superconductivity
- Electromagnetic Response of Superconductors

**Course Material:** Lecture Notes provided by the instructors

**Textbooks:** URL

**Syllabus** [PDF]

File translated from T

On April 6, 2018.