Course Information
SemesterCourse Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleL+PCreditNumber of ECTS Credits

Course Details
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Unit First Cycle
Department / Program PHYSICS
Mode of Delivery Face to Face
Type of Course Unit Compulsory
Objectives of the Course To describe basic principles for various functional materials including insulators, semiconductors, metals, superconductors, magnetic materials, and nanostructured materials by using quantum mechanical laws and approximations.
To become familiar with the physics of solids and the role that electron and phonons and their interactions play in thermal, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties of materials .
To demonstrate different methods for characterization and application of functional materials .
To teach classical and quantum mechanical descriptions of the electron motion in electric and magnetic fields.
Course Content Bloch theorem; insulators, semiconductors and metals; tight-binding model, energy bands and optical properties; diamagnetism and paramagnetism; ferromagnetism and anti-ferromagnetism; Ising model; superconductivity.
Course Methods and Techniques
Prerequisites and co-requisities ( PHYS431 )
Course Coordinator None
Name of Lecturers Prof.Dr. ALEV DEVRİM GÜÇLLÜ
Assistants None
Work Placement(s) No

Recommended or Required Reading
Resources Charles Kittel, “Introduction to Solid State Physics”, 8th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2000.
N. W. Ashcroft and N. D. Mermin, “Solid State Physics”, Sounders College, Philadelphia, 1976.
H. Ibach and Hans Lüth “Solid-State Physics”, Springer-Verlag, 1991.
The Oxford Solid State Basics, S.H.Simon

Course Category

Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"

Assessment Methods and Criteria
In-Term Studies Quantity Percentage
Midterm exams 2 % 40
Quizzes 5 % 10
Homeworks 8 % 20
Other activities 0 % 0
Laboratory works 0 % 0
Projects 0 % 0
Final examination 1 % 30
% 100

ECTS Allocated Based on Student Workload
Activities Quantity Duration Total Work Load
Weekly Course Time 14 3 42
Outside Activities About Course (Attendance, Presentation, Midterm exam,Final exam, Quiz etc.) 14 7 98
Application (Homework, Reading, Self Study etc.) 5 2 10
Exams and Exam Preparations 3 10 30
Total Work Load   Number of ECTS Credits 6 180

Course Learning Outcomes: Upon the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
NoLearning Outcomes
1 To be able to explain the concepts of energy bands in the tight-binding approximation
2 To be able explain how the conducting properties of metals are affected by disorder and electron-electron interactions, and describe the types of the metal-to-insulator transition
3 To be able to explain the significance of complex Fermi surfaces for transport properties
4 To be able to explain classical and quantum mechanical descriptions of the electron motion in electric and magnetic fields
5 To be able to explain characteristic feauters of superconductors and the origin of superconductivity
6 To be able to explain the source of a materials magnetic behaviour and be able to distinguish types of magnetism
7 To be able to explain how interaction effects modify the properties of quasi-particles (electrons, phonons, photons) in solids and describe the origin of different excitations: polaron, plasmon, polariton, exciton and magnon

Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTopicsStudy MaterialsMaterials
1 Electrons in metals
2 Metal-to-insulator transition
3 Fermi surface and electron dynamics in metals
4 Oscillatory effects in strong magnetic fields
5 Superconductivity
6 Collective electron properties I
7 1st Midterm Exam
8 Collective electron properties II
9 Magnetic properties of solids I
10 Magnetic properties of solids II
11 Noncrystalline solids
12 2nd Midterm Exam
13 Surfaces
14 Interfaces
15 Final 1st week
16 Final 2nd week

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
P1 P2 P3 P4 P5 P6 P7 P8 P9 P10
C1 4 4 2
C2 4 4
C3 4 4
C4 4 4
C5 4 3 2
C6 4 3 2
C7 4 2

Contribution: 0: Null 1:Slight 2:Moderate 3:Significant 4:Very Significant