Semester: Fall 2017

Instructor: Ali Serpengüzel | SCI 119 – SCI 148 | MO WE B5

Lectures: ENG B18 | MO WE B6

Assistant: Nurperi Yavuz | SCI 147 | TU B5

Problem Session: ENG B16 | FR B6

Science Librarian: Sina Mater | LIB 222 | MO-FR B5

Course schedule is given below.

Week Subject

#01 Sept-ber 18 Crystal Structure Kittel 01, A&M 04-07

#02 Sept-ber 25 Reciprocal Lattice Kittel 02, A&M 05-06

#03 Octo-ber 02 X-ray scattering – Crystal Binding Kittel 03, A&M 19-20

#04 Octo-ber 09 Lattice Vibrations Kittel 04-05, A&M 21-22

#05 Octo-ber 16 Lattice Vibrations Kittel 04-05, A&M 23-24

#06 Octo-ber 23 Lattice Vibrations Kittel 04-05, A&M 23-24

#07 Octo-ber 30 Free Electron Theory Kittel 06, A&M 1-2-3

#08 Nove-ber 06 Electron Energy Band Theory Kittel 07, A&M 8-9-12

#09 Nove-ber 13 Semiconductors Kittel 08, A&M 28

#10 Nove-ber 20 Semiconductors Kittel 08, A&M 28

#11 Nove-ber 27 Semiconductors Kittel 08, A&M 29

#12 Dece-ber 04 Fermi Surfaces Kittel 09, A&M 12-14

#13 Dece-ber 11 Plasmons, Polaritons, Polarons Kittel 10, A&M 1-17-27

#14 Dece-ber 18 Plasmons, Polaritons, Polarons Kittel 10, A&M 1-17-27

Course Description: This is an introductory course in solid state physics, which lies in the foundation of modern semiconductor electronic device physics, as well as the more recent photonic device physics.

Course Objective:
The objective of this course is to teach the importance of solid state physics as well as the experimental know how that goes along with it. Solid state physics lies at the very foundation of the state-of-the-art semiconductor devices, and every student of physics should master it before graduation. An introduction is given to solid state topics such as crystal structure in the real space, the reciprocal space, phononic, and electronic dispersion diagrams. The students will also learn written and oral presentation skills.

Learning Outcomes:
The students are expected to learn relevant topics in solid state physics. They will also learn how to make effective presentations by presenting a topic of their choice on a related topic verbally and orally.

Teaching Method: 
There are two weekly face to face meetings. There are presentations and demonstrations. There is a problem session every week.

All students are required to attend classes, laboratory experiments, and problem sessions. Even a university approved Medical Excused Absence or Dean of Student’s Excused Absence doesn’t relieve you of this attendance requirement. Students who miss more than 1/3 of the classes (excused or unexcused) might receive an automatic F irrespective of their course average.

Project Report and Presentation:
Each student will be given a different crystal to identify. You will study this crystal using experimental analytical methods such as x-ray scattering, infrared absorption, photoluminescence, Raman scattering. You will analyze and present your results with the existing crsytallographic data. You will find historic information about the crystal (i.e., who found it, named it). You will find out where in the world this crystal is mined, as well as the existence of this crystal in Turkey. Your presentation should consist of approximately 15 slides. As you will have 15 minutes, design your talk so that you will talk around one minute per page. You should spend a reasonable amount of time for preparing your presentation. All students taking this course are expected to participate in all of the presentations. Discuss your report and presentation with your instuctor. He will give you tips on how to prepare a good reports and presentations. Your report shoud be in the scientific format. It should include an introduction, and sections on measurements, analysis, discussion, conclusion, as well as references.

Grading policy:
Two midterm exams (25 % each), one final exam (25%), and presentation and report on a selected crystal (25%). The dates of the exams will be announced later. Makeup exams are very reluctantly given only with a university approved medical excuse, and if given, will always be harder then the original exams. Do not plan to take makeup exams.

Grading policy for the report and presentation: careful literature search (5%), excellent presentation (10%), completely being able to answer questions (10%). 10 steps to successful presentations are given here. You will submit a final report for your presentation. You must complete this final report by the end of the term. There will be an instant 100% reduction for late final reports, i.e., late final reports will not be accepted.

Course Text Book:

Introduction to Solid State Physics, Charles Kittel, Wiley (1996). ISBN:0-471-11181-3

Solid State Physics, Neil W. Ashcroft and David Mermin, International Thomson Publishing (1976). ISBN: 0030839939.

Laboratory Note Book:
The Laboratory Notebook is available at the bookstore. Every student should have one square ruled A4 size laboratory notebook. Bring your laboratory notebook to all the laboratory sessions. Students without a laboratory notebook will not be admitted to the laboratory. 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 all the pages in the lab notebook during that particular experiment. After the experiment the used pages will be signed by you and the laboratory instructor.

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