Semester: Spring 2020

Instructor: Ali Serpengüzel | SCI 119 | TBA

Lectures: KUSIS | TBA

Assistant: GSSE | TBA | TBA

Problem Session:  KUSIS | TBA

Science Librarian: Ebru Çınar | LIB | TBA

Course Objectives: The objective of this course is to teach the structural and the physical properties of materials in condensed matter physics, chemistry, and engineering as applied to state of the art materials, as well as related measurement and characterization techniques available in various research laboratories of the affiliated faculty.

Learning Outcomes: The students are expected to learn the basic structural and physical properties of the materials such as electrical, magnetic, optical properties. The student should be able to look at the symmetry of the material and form there predict the physical properties of this material. In addition, the student should be able to pick the appropriate technique, which is necessary for the characterization of related material property.

Teaching Method: The teaching method is by two weekly face to face meetings. There is one PS per week for the assigned problems and homeworks. Students are also expected to analyze the presentation material using different techniques such as x-ray diffraction, photoluminescence, infrared absorption, and Raman scattering. The presentation material will be identified using these techniques and will be presented in the presentation part of the course.

Description: Electrical properties of materials, band theory of solids, electrical conductivity, metals, semiconductors, and dielectrics; magnetic phenomena, ferromagnetism and diamagnetism, superconductors; optical properties of materials, refractive index, dispersion, absorption and emission of light, nonlinear optical properties, Mechanical Properties of solids, Deformation and strengthening mechanisms of materials..

Recommended Textbook: Fundamentals of Solid State Engineering, 3rd Edition, Manijeh Razeghi, Northwestern University, Illinois, ISBN: 978-0-387-92167-9, 2009, 764 pages (e-book through the library)

Recommended Book: Physics of Functional Materials Hasse Fredriksson, Ulla Åkerlind, ISBN: 978-0-470-51758-1, May 2008, 488 pages (on reserve at the library)

Recommended Book: Introduction to Solid State Physics, 8th Edition, Charles Kittel, University of California, Berkeley, ISBN: 978-0-471-41526-8, 2005, 704 pages (on reserve at the library)

Grading policy: Two midterm exams (25 % each), a final exam (25%), and a presentation (25%). The dates of the exams will be announced later. Makeup exams are very reluctantly given only with a university approved medical excuse. Do not plan to take makeups.

Presentation: You will make a presentation on a selected material. 10 steps to successful presentations are given under resources menu.

Final report: You will submit a final report for your presentation. 10 steps to successful reports are given under resources menu.

Laboratory Notebook: is available at the bookstore. You must use one for your project. Every student should have one square ruled laboratory notebook. You will record with a pen (not a pencil) the schematics, the relevant parameters, your measurements in your laboratory notebook. You will have to date and sign the pages in the lab notebook every time you use it.

Student Code of Conduct: Students should be familiar with the Koç University Student Code of Contact.