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PHSI332 Electromagnetism and Condensed Matter

Physics of electromagnetic waves: energy flow, propagation through interfaces, dielectrics, conductors and plasmas. Application of the principles of quantum, thermal, electromagnetic and optical physics to solidstate systems.

This paper covers two major topics in physics, electromagnetism and condensed-matter physics. The electromagnetism section introduces techniques for solving Laplace's equation for the electrostatic potential and investigates the behaviour of electromagnetic waves. Condensed matter is the largest field in physics and leads to the development of all our semiconductor technology. In this section we study the application of quantum and statistical mechanics to the properties of metals, insulators, semiconductors and superconductors.

Paper title Electromagnetism and Condensed Matter
Paper code PHSI332
Subject Physics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,492.80

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Prerequisite
MATH 170 and PHSI 232
Schedule C
Science
Contact
philip.brydon@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course co-ordinator: Dr Philip Brydon
Textbooks
The Oxford Solid State Basics, Steven H. Simon
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
After completing this paper students will be able to
  • Understand and apply techniques for solving Poisson's equation in electrostatics
  • Derive electromagnetic wave equations in dielectrics and conductors
  • Understand the propagation of electromagnetic waves through a variety of media and across boundaries between media
  • Describe a crystalline solid in terms of the direct and reciprocal lattices
  • Understand optical, vibrational and electronic wave propagation in crystalline solids
  • Apply quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics to understand the properties of metals, insulators and semiconductors

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Thursday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41