Physics 880.06 (Autumn 2011)
Condensed Matter Physics I
Lectures: Tuesday & Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:18 PM in Scott Lab E0241
Instructor: Mohit Randeria
This is the first course in a three-quarter sequence designed primarily for graduate students in Physics,
both theorists and experimentalists.
Prerequisites: Quantum and Statistical Mechanics (graduate level) and E&M (Griffiths' book)
Syllabus: Outline of topics to be covered this quarter.
I will discuss throughout the course various experimental probes that have been used to understand
and measure the properties being discussed.
The Text Book will be
N. W. Ashcroft and N. D. Mermin, ``Solid State Physics''(Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1976).
ISBN-10: 0030839939; ISBN-13: 978-0030839931
I may not follow this classic text book very closely in class,
but I would strongly recommend it to anyone with a serious interest in condensed matter physics.
Other useful references:
Two other classics that I have found very useful are:
C. Kittel, "Introduction to Solid State Physics" (Wiley)
J. M. Ziman, "Principles of the Theory of Solids" (Cambridge)
A useful reference, with a very different emphasis from that taken in this class, is
P. M. Chaikin and T. C. Lubensky, "Principles of Condensed Matter Physics" (Cambridge)
Office Hours: Fridays 9:00 - 10:00 AM
Home work will be assigned on a regular basis throughout the quarter.
Homeworks should be placed in the grader's mailbox in PRB.
Grader: Austin Carter
You will be able to download the problem sets from here as they are available.
If you have any questions about this Class, please contact me:
Office : Physics Research Building, Room 2024
Phone: 292 2457