CODE  61496 

ACADEMIC YEAR  2022/2023 
CREDITS 

SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR  FIS/03 
LANGUAGE  Italian 
TEACHING LOCATION 

SEMESTER  1° Semester 
TEACHING MATERIALS  AULAWEB 
The third year teaching in the degree course in Materials Science introduces to the basic knowledge of Physics of Solids. Particular importance is given to the ability to interpret the physical properties of solids with the help of appropriate simplifications and mathematical models identifying the validity limits of the model. The program provides an introduction to Crystal structure, electronic structure and vibrational states of Solids.
Intended learning outcomes are
To Acquire basic knowledge of solid state physics in its experimental and theoretical aspects;
To develop a solid working methodology and an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving.
Know how to apply the basic knowledge of classical physics, modern physics and chemistry to the introductory study of Physics of Solids
To be familiar with the mathematical tools necessary to make models useful to describe the behaviour of crystalline solids and to understand its structural, vibrational and electronic properties.
To propose examples of the application of models to solids;
Know how to integrate the knowledge and languages of the various disciplines
Basic knowledge of classical physics, infinitesimal calculus and modern physics
Classroom lessons with examples and applications. The course includes about 64 hours of lectures. Student's participation is required in the discussion that highlights the characteristics of the various models used and their adequacy to interpret the properties of crystalline solids.
Real solid and perfect crystals. Simplification hypothesis and models.
Crystal structure: direct lattice and reciprocal lattice. Experimental Methods for Determining the Crystal Structures: Diffraction, Other Methods.
Study of lattice vibrational states. Simple models in 1D and 3D. Frequency dispersion and frequency density of states. Quantization of lattice vibrations: phonons. Bose Einstein's Statistics. Thermal properties of solids: specific heat vs temperature. Debye temperature and classic limit. Anharmonic crystal.
Experimental methods for determination of phononic dispersion relations.
Electronic property study. Free metal electron gas: Drude model, Sommerfeld model. Density of k states, energy density of states. Fermi Dirac's Statistics. Fermi Energy, Fermi temperature. Applications: Specific electronic heat. Periodic potential. Bloch waves and band structure in solids. Free electron model, nearly free electron model, tight binding. Band Structure of metal, insulating, semiconductor, and relation with electronic properties. xperimental methods for determining the band structure.
Complements: topics covered in support of basic knowledge upon request of the students.
N. W. Ashcroft N. David Mermin Solid State Physics
C. Kittel Introduction to Solid State Physics
H. P. Myers Introductory Solid State Physics
Office hours: At the end of every lesson or on request by email to terreni@fisica.unige.it
SILVANA TERRENI (President)
LUCA VATTUONE
CORRADO BORAGNO (President Substitute)
september 2022
for detais :
https://servizionline.unige.it/unige/stampa_manifesto/MF/2022/8765.html
All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.
The exam consists of an oral exam with two questions on the core concepts of the course (crystal structure, vibrational properties, electronic properties). In addition, the exam is aimed at testing the ability to apply knowledge by making some examples of concrete situations. The talk time is about half an hour. If necessary, a third reserve question is made.
The purpose of the oral exam is to evaluate the degree of achievement of the following learning outcomes:  to know the basic aspects of solid state physics (structure, vibrational properties, electronic properties)  the ability to apply knowledge by making some examples of solid materials;  the ability to use appropriate language and appropriate mathematical tools.
The assessment takes into account all of these elements.