## Paper Description

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.

The condensed matter section of the course gives an introduction to the theory of crystalline solids, which is the foundation for modern semiconductor electronics. We apply quantum and statistical mechanics to understand the properties of metals, insulators, semiconductors, magnets, and superconductors.

The course consists of 36 lectures, and 12 two-hour workshops (one per week), which focus on problem solving. There is a weekly assignment, and a one hour tutorial each week to assist with the assignment.

**Assessment:**

Final exam 60%, Assignments 30%, Workshops 10%.

Important information about assessment for PHSI332

**Course Coordinator:**

Dr Philip Brydon

- 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

### Lecture Topics

ElectromagnetismLecturer: Dr Terry Scott, Dr Harald Schwefel |
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Mathematical preliminaries: Dirac delta function |

The electrostatic potential: Laplace’s equation, method of images, separation of variables |

Electromagnetic waves: wave equation, solutions. |

Propagation of electromagnetic waves: in dielectrics, in conductors, in plasma. |

Behaviour of electromagnetic waves at boundaries, reflection, transmission, Fresnel equations. |

Absorption, dispersion. |

Guided waves. |

Textbook: Introduction to Electrodynamics, (4th Edition), David J.Griffiths |

Condensed MatterLecturer: Dr Philip Brydon |
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Crystalline materials and lattices |

Lattice vibrations and phonons |

The free electron gas |

Band theory of solids |

Semiconductor physics |

Superconductivity |

Textbooks:The Oxford Solid State Basics, Steven H. Simon |

# Formal University Information

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## Details

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 |
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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 |

- Prerequisite
- MATH 170 and PHSI 232
- Schedule C
- Science
- Contact
- philip.brydon@otago.ac.nz
- More information link
- View more information about PHSI 332
- 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.

View more information about Otago's graduate attributes. - 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