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PHY 251/420: Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics
Prof. S. Teitel stte@pas.rochester.edu  Fall 2006
Lecture Notes
My hand written class lecture notes are being scanned and uploaded for you to view. Please be warned that these are the notes I prepare for myself to lecture from  they are not in general carefully prepared for others to read. I make no guarantees about their legibility, or that they are totally free of errors. I hope, nevertheless that you will find them useful. The lectures are uploaded as pdf files, so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to read them. You can download Acrobat Reader for free here.
The lecture note files correspond roughly to the material presented in a given day's lecture. But you may on occassion find the end of one day's lecture at the start of the file for the next day's lecture, so please look there if you think there might be something missing.
Lecture 1  What is condensed matter physics? The Drude model for d.c. electric conductivity
 Lecture 2  Hall effect, a.c. conductivity
 Lecture 3  Electromagnetic wave propagation in a metal, plasma frequency, thermal conductivity and thermoelectric effect
 Lecture 4  The Sommerfeld model for electrons in a metal, the ideal quantum gas of fermions, ground state of the electron gas, the Fermi energy
 Lecture 5  The density of states, pressure and bulk modulus of conduction electrons, finite temperature electron gas, specific heat of conduction electrons
 Lecture 6  Transport properties in the Sommerfeld model, Pauli paramagnetism
 Lecture 7  Electrons in a uniform magnetic field: Landau levels
 Lecture 8  Landau diamagnetism
 Lecture 9  Landau diamagnetism, the de Haas  van Alphen effect
 Lecture 10  The Integer Quantum Hall Effect
von Klitzing's Nobel Prize Lecture, Rev. Mod. Phys. 58, 519 (1986)
Laughlin's theory paper, Phys. Rev. B 23, 5632 (1981)
Girvin's review article arXiv:condmat/9907002
 Lecture 11  The Integer Quantum Hall Effect continued
 Lecture 12  The Integer Quantum Hall Effect continued
 Lecture 13  Screening and the ThomasFermi dielectric function
 Lecture 14  Plasmons, Wigner electron crystal
 Lecture 15  Cooper pairing
 Lecture 16  Bravais lattices and crystal structure, lattice with a basis
 Lecture 17  Reciprocal lattice and Xray scattering
 Lecture 18  Xray scattering continued, Bragg planes
 Lecture 19  Electrons in a periodic potential  qualitative discussion, Bornvon Karman boundary conditions
 Lecture 20  Fourier transforms on a Bravias lattice, Bloch's theorem, band structure
 Lecture 21  More on Bloch's theorem, reduced, extended and periodic zone schemes, velocity, weak potential approximation and energy gaps
 Lecture 22  Ground state, metals, insulators and semiconductors, 2D Brillouin Zones and band structure, geometry of the Fermi surface
The 2D Brillouin Zones in living color!
 Lecture 23  Semiclassical equations of motion
 Lecture 24  Motion in uniform electric and magnetic fields, effective mass, holes
 Lecture 25  Motion in perpendicular electric and magnetic fields, Hall effect with closed orbits
 Lecture 26  Hall effect with open orbits, real metals
 Lecture 27  Lattice vibrations, phonons, BohmStaver relation and the speed of sound

