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Solid State Theory (SS17) [M.Sc.]

Lecturer Prof. Dr. Hans Peter Büchler
Begin of Lecture
Time / Location
  • Wednesday: 09:45 - 11:15 a.m., Pfaffenwaldring 57, 4.331
  • Friday: 02:00 - 03:30 p.m., Pfaffenwaldring 57, 5.331
Language Lecture: English / Tutorials: English
General Information
  • There are two types of exercises: "Written" exercises are handed in in class and graded/corrected by the tutor. "Oral" exercises are discussed in the tutorials and presented by students on the blackboard.
  • Admission to the final exam requires 80% of the written scores, 66% of the oral scores, and presenting a problem on the blackboard in class twice.
  • The exercises will start from 19.04.2017.
  • The registration for the exercise groups will be active from Wednesday, 12.04.2017, 2 pm. To register, you need the Lecture Key given in the first lecture.
  • If you assign a password at the registration, you can request your current scores here.
  • There will be an oral examination at the end of the course. Details will be given in the lecture.
  • G. Blatter: Festkörperphysik (ETH Zürich), username: student, password is the lecture key.
  • A. Muramatsu, Solid State Theory
  • A. H. Castro Neto, Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics
  • N. W. Ashcroft and N. D. Mermin, Solid State Physics, Sauders College Publishing, 1976
  • J. M. Ziman, Principles of the Theory of Solids, Cambridge University Press, 1972
  • W. Jones and N. H. March, Theoretical Solid State Physics, John Wiley, 1973
  • A. L. Fetter and J. D. Walecka, Quantum Theory

Development of a deepened knowledge of Advanced Theoretical Physics, i.e., Thermodynamics, Statistics and Many-Body Theory. Ability to transfer thermo-statistical and solid-statephysical concepts inside different fields of physics; model development. Well-founded insights into advanced topics of quantum statistics. Cross-linked knowledge of the problems of Solid-State Theory like phonons, electrons in solids, magnetism and superconductivity.

  • Crystal structure
  • Lattice vibrations
  • Electrons in a periodic potential
  • Interacting electrons
  • Collective excitations
  • Superconductivity
  • Magnetism
Additional Material

The script is in German only!

Tutor Room Day Time
Jan Kumlin / Dr. Daniel Huerga 5.331 Wednesday 3:45 - 5:15 pm
No. Exercise Date
1 Assignment 01 19.04.2017
2 Assignment 02 26.04.2017
3 Assignment 03 03.05.2017
4 Assignment 04 10.05.2017
5 Assignment 05 17.05.2017
6 Assignment 06 24.05.2017
7 Assignment 07 31.05.2017
8 Assignment 08 14.06.2017
9 Assignment 09 21.06.2017
10 Assignment 10 28.06.2017
11 Assignment 11 05.07.2017