Semester: Spring 2020

Instructor: Ali Serpengüzel | SCI 119 | MW B02

Lectures: SNA 161 | MW B01

Assistant: Mohsen İzadyari | SCI 149 | MW B05

Problem Session: ENG B05 | FR B04

Science Librarian: Ebru Çınar | LIB 222 | MTTF B05

Course schedule is given below.

Week Subject

#01 Introduction

#02 Crystal Structure Kittel 01, A&M 04-07

#03 Reciprocal Lattice Kittel 02, A&M 05-06

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

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

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

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

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

#09 Electron Energy Band Theory Kittel 07, A&M 8-9-12

#10 Semiconductors Kittel 08, A&M 28

#11 Semiconductors Kittel 08, A&M 29

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

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

#14 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.

Project Report and Presentation: Each student will choose a different crystal to report and present. You will study this crystal’s literature on experimental analytical methods such as x-ray scattering, infrared absorption, photoluminescence, and Raman scattering. You will compile and present your results with the existing crystallographic 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 instructor. He will give you tips on how to prepare a good reports and presentations. Your report should 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.

Recommended Text 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)

Recommended Text Book: 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: 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.