Please give me adivice on solid state physics learning resources

In summary, the conversation is about a student's experience with a new university lecturer who is struggling to teach the topic of solid state physics. The lecturer was a replacement for the previous one and has designed the module from scratch, making it difficult for students to follow and understand. The student is looking for alternative resources such as video lectures, notes, and textbooks to supplement the lectures. The course covers topics such as crystal structures, free-electron model, band theory, phonons, transport properties, and an introduction to nanostructures and nanomaterials.
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henrywang
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My university lecturer is very new, his lectures and notes are hard to follow and understand. He was a replacement to the old solid state physics lecturer and has designed the module from scratch, so it is unpolished in its current form. Can you please suggest some alternative resources substituting his lectures? It can be video lectures, notes, textbooks. Thank you!

Syllabus Plan
  1. Introduction
    Brief historical survey.
  2. Crystal Structures
    1. Direct and reciprocal lattices (Revision)
    2. General features of scattering by solids (Revision)
    3. Scattered-wave amplitude, structure factor, form factor
    4. Brillouin zones
  3. Free-electron model
    1. Free-electron Fermi gas
    2. Energy dispersion in k-space
    3. Reduced and extended zones
    4. Effective mass
    5. Density of states
    6. Electron-distribution function; Fermi level
    7. Heat capacity
  4. Nearly-Free-Electron Model
    1. Effect of crystal potential on the free-electron picture
    2. Bloch electron
    3. Origin of energy-band gaps
    4. Holes
  5. Band Picture for Classification of Solids
    1. Formation of energy bands in solids
    2. Band picture for insulators, semiconductors and metals
  6. Fermi surfaces
    1. Fermi surfaces in metals
    2. Harrison's construction of the Fermi sphere
  7. Intrinsic and Extrinsic Semiconductors
    1. Donor and acceptor levels in semiconductors; ionization energy of a donor electron, and the Bohr radius
    2. Free-charge-carrier concentration and the Fermi level at different temperatures
    3. The significance of the Fermi level; band structure of a p-n junction
    4. Elementary Optical Properties of Semiconductors: Fundamental absorption; direct and indirect transitions; absorption coefficient; recombination
  8. Phonons
    1. Lattice vibrations of the monatomic linear chain
    2. Diatomic linear chain.
    3. Lattice vibrations of three-dimensional crystals
      1. Longitudinal and transverse phonons;
      2. Plotting of dispersion relations
    4. Heat Capacity
  9. Transport Properties (Electrical and Thermal)
    1. Relaxation times: phonon/lattice; electronic
    2. Drift and diffusion in semiconductors; the Einstein relation
    3. Thermal conduction in semiconductors and insulators
    4. Drift and thermal conduction in metals
    5. The Wiedemann-Franz law
  10. Introduction to Nanostructures and Nanomaterials
    1. Quantum Wells, Wires and Dots
    2. Carbon nanotubes
    3. Graphene
 
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henrywang said:
My university lecturer is very new, his lectures and notes are hard to follow and understand. He was a replacement to the old solid state physics lecturer and has designed the module from scratch, so it is unpolished in its current form. Can you please suggest some alternative resources substituting his lectures? It can be video lectures, notes, textbooks. Thank you!

It is rather difficult for us to suggest alternative textbooks when you don't tell us what textbook you are currently using, isn't it?

Zz.
 
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Looks like a standard course in solid state physics, pretty much anywhere. I'd start with Kittel. He covers all of it except for the nano-structures/materials.
 

Related to Please give me adivice on solid state physics learning resources

1. What are some recommended books for learning about solid state physics?

Some popular books for learning about solid state physics include "Introduction to Solid State Physics" by Charles Kittel, "Solid State Physics" by Neil W. Ashcroft and N. David Mermin, and "The Oxford Solid State Basics" by Steven H. Simon.

2. Are there any online resources for learning about solid state physics?

Yes, there are many online resources available for learning about solid state physics. Some popular websites include MIT OpenCourseWare, Khan Academy, and Coursera.

3. How can I practice and apply what I learn about solid state physics?

One way to practice and apply what you learn about solid state physics is by solving practice problems and working through examples. You can also participate in hands-on experiments or simulations to further solidify your understanding.

4. Are there any videos or lectures available for learning about solid state physics?

Yes, there are many videos and lectures available online for learning about solid state physics. Some universities, such as Stanford and MIT, offer free online lectures on solid state physics. You can also find many educational videos on websites like YouTube.

5. How important is it to have a strong foundation in mathematics for learning solid state physics?

A strong foundation in mathematics is crucial for understanding solid state physics. Concepts such as quantum mechanics and thermodynamics are heavily reliant on mathematical equations and calculations. It is recommended to have a strong understanding of calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations before diving into solid state physics.

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