Introductory Condensed Matter Physics

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Oral exam


course in English for third year students in Physics.

required background: courses of the first two years in Physics, elementary quantum mechanics.


Structure of liquids, amorphous solids and crystals. X-ray diffraction. Types of crystals: molecular, ionic, covalent and metallic. Phonons and specific heat of solids. Free electron model of metals: electrical conductivity and specific heat. Bloch functions and electronic bands. Optical transitions, band spectra, excitons. Semiconductor nanostructures. Plasmonics. Microcavities and photonic crystals. Coherent nonlinearities and nonhermitian photonics.

Educational aims

Getting acquainted with elementary concepts of condensed matter physics, with particular attention to electronic states and optical transitions, both in bulk and reduced dimensionality systems. First introduction to a few research topics of current interest in light-matter interaction.

Bibliographical references

C. Kittel: “Introduction to Solid State Physics”, Wiley

J.M. Ziman, "Theory of solids", Cambridge University Press