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PHSI332 Electromagnetism and Condensed Matter

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

After completing this paper students will be able to:
  1. Understand and apply techniques for solving Poisson's equation in electrostatics
  2. Derive electromagnetic wave equations in dielectrics and conductors
  3. Understand the propagation of electromagnetic waves through a variety of media and across boundaries between media
  4. Describe a crystalline solid in terms of the direct and reciprocal lattices
  5. Understand optical, vibrational, and electronic wave propagation in crystalline solids
  6. Apply quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics to understand the properties of metals, insulators, and semiconductors

Lecture Topics

ElectromagnetismLecturer: Dr Terry Scott, Dr Harald Schwefel
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
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

 


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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
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