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Physics

Core modules :

F401

  • QUANTUM MECHANICS

    Delta function potential, finite square well, angular momentum, spin, electron in a B field, Larmor precession, Stern-Gerlach, addition of angular momentum, identical particles, two-particle systems, boson & fermions, exchange forces, atoms, solids, free electron gas, band structure, degenerate and non-degenerate perturbation theory, fine structure of hydrogen, relativistic correction, spin-orbit coupling, variational principle, ground state of helium.

F402

  • STATISTICAL MECHANICS AND THERMODYNAMICS

    Revision of the fundamentals of thermodynamics; thermal, mechanical and chemical interactions; phase transformations of dilute solutions; Gibbs free energy; the partition function; Boltzmann statistics; quantum statistics; Bose-Einstein condensation. Examples covered in the course include paramagnetism, electromagnetic radiation, Debye theory of solids, liquid helium and semiconductor statistics.

F403

  • ELECTRODYNAMICS

    Special techniques to find the electrostatic potential: uniqueness theorems, method of images, Laplace's equation and separation of variables; the magnetic vector potential; magnetic fields in matter: magnetization, the field of a magnetized object, the H field, linear and non-linear media; conservation laws: charge, energy, momentum; electromagnetic waves in vacuum and in matter, wave guides; Maxwell's equations in terms of the scalar and vector potentials, gauge transformations; retarded potentials: continuous distributions and point charges; dipole radiation

F404

  • SOLID STATE PHYSICS

    Review of fundamental ideas, Atoms and molecules (Schrödinger's equations, perturbation theory, many-electron problem, one-electron approximation, Hartree method), free electron approximation (Sommerfeld model, free-electron gas, Fermi surface), bonding and energy levels, Bloch functions and Brillouin zones, semiconductors (band structure, carrier concentration, impurity states, optical properties.

F408

  • PRACTICALS AND PRESENTATION OF SEMINAR


The following modules are electives (offered at the discretion of the Department) :

F405

  • SEMICONDUCTOR PHYSICS

    Part A
    Fundamental Principles: semiconductor crystal structures; defects and dislocations; diffusion; consequences of the energy gap; semiconductor statistics; lattice dynamics; transport properties; excess carrier phenomena.

    Part B
    Devices: the p-n junction; metal-semiconductor junction; heterojunction; photonic devices (LED, laser diode, solar cell, photodetector); unipolar devices (JFET, MESFET, MODFET); special microwave devices.

F406

  • ELECTRON DIFFRACTION AND IMAGE CONTRAST THEORY

    Review of wave nature of electrons, interaction of electrons with matter, scattering of electrons, kinematical theory of electron diffraction, electron diffraction patterns, kinematical theory of image contrast (dark-field images, defects).

F407

  • COURSES AS PRESCRIBED BY THE DEPARTMENT