
 After finishing this course, you know about the universal properties of waves in periodic and disordered structures.
 After finishing this course, you know about the diffusive and ballistic propagation of wave in a dense medium
 After finishing this course, you know the difference between crystals and lattices, and learn the tools for their mathematical description.
 After finishing this course, you know how to quantitatively derive properties of solids like heat capacity, thermal expansion, and elastic modulus from quantum mechanical principles
 After finishing this course, you know about electron and phonon density of states, bandstructures, and their relation to macroscopic material properties
 After finishing this course, you can explain the difference between semiconductors and metals, and how they are used to make electronic devices such as transistors and photodetectors.
 After finishing this course, you can derive optical properties of materials based on simple models.
 After finishing this course, you know about the distinctive quantum properties of nanostructures.
 After finishing this course, you know the microscopic origin of magnetic properties in materials.
 After finishing this course, you can calculate basic thermodynamic properties of superconductors and explain the Meissner effect.
 After finishing this course, you can discuss the condensed matter literature.
 After finishing this course, you can compute properties of model systems for solids with a programming language, such as Python.



Condensed matter physics is by far the largest single subfield of physics. It deals with the physical properties of condensed phases of matter. Condensed matter physicists seek to understand the behavior of these phases by using physical laws. In particular, they include the laws of quantum mechanics, electromagnetism and statistical mechanics. (read further on wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Condensed_matter_physics)
In this course, theoretical concepts that are commonly used for describing the basic properties of macroscopic and mesoscopic objects will be introduced. The microscopic, wave, or quantum nature of these properties will be distinguished and universal descriptions that can describe seemingly different phenomena will be explained using simplified models. These concepts and models will be connected to realistic and working devices such as transistors and sensors as well as more advanced research topics in nanoscience and nanotechnology.
To know more about the vast applications of condensed matter physics, watch "So Close and Such a Stranger: a documentary about Condensed Matter Physics" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3De1rLxvzyU




 CompetentiesIngangseisenVoorkennisMath: second order differential equations, Fourier transform, elementary linear algebra Classical and Wave Mechanics: forced harmonic oscillator, wave propagation, wave interference Electromagnetism: Lorentz force and the relation between magnetic and electric fields Thermodynamics: Boltzmann and FermiDirac distributions, canonical partition function Quantum Mechanics: SchrÃ¶dinger equation, quantum harmonic oscillator, spin, Pauli exclusion principles  Voorkennis kan worden opgedaan metMechanica & Relativiteits Theorie, Electriciteitsleer 1, Quantum Mechanica 1, Structure de Materie, en Statistische Fysica 1 
  Verplicht materiaalSoftwarePython (software alleen in CLZ) 

 Aanbevolen materiaalBoekOxford Solid State Basics, Steve Simon 

 WerkvormenComputerpracticum
 Hoorcollege AlgemeenSome of the lectures will be presented in a blended format including discussions.For an optimum learning experience, it is required to watch the online lectures before attending the class.

 ToetsenEindresultaatWeging   100 
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BeoordelingThe course will be concluded with the presentation of the project and a written final exam. Active participation in the exercise classes, completing the exercise assignments, and contributing to discussions during the lectures are necessary to be eligible for taking the final exam. Final score: Project and Presentation (30%) + Midterm exam (30%) + Final exam (40%)


 