PHSI332 Electromagnetism and Condensed Matter

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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 PHSI332 Physics 0.1500 18 points Semester 2 (On campus) \$1,092.15 \$5,004.75
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

Introduction to Electrodynamics, David J. Griffiths

Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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

Timetable

Semester 2

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 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
A1 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