PHY1487H F INTRODUCTORY
Quantum Theory of Solids I
Official description
Introduction to the physics of solids and their electronic and thermal properties. Topics include crystal structure and symmetry, Xray and neutron diffraction, electronic band structure, lattice vibrations and phonons. Selected advanced topics such as electron interactions and anharmonic effects will be also covered. A good understanding of undergraduate quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics is expected.
Topics:
1. Bonding, crystal structure and diffraction.
 covalent, ionic, metallic, van der Waals bonding
 periodic structure, the reciprocal lattice, diffraction condition
2. Lattice vibrations
 elementary excitations of a periodic lattice
3. Electron wave functions in periodic crystals
 simplifying the manybody hamiltonian
 energy bands, approximate methods, nearly free electrons, tight binding
 relating band structure to properties: metals, semiconductors and insulators
4. Electron dynamics
 effective mass tensor, Berry curvature
5. Electronelectron interactions (Time permitting)
 HartreeFock approximation, local density approximation
 Textbook

1. Ibach and Luth, “Solid State Physics, An Introduction to Principles of Materials Science”, 4th ed (available as an ebook in the UofT library). First 1/2 of the course, or so. 2. Cohen and Louie, “Fundamentals of Condensed Matter Physics”, secondhalf of the course.
 course title
 PHY1487H F INTRODUCTORY
 session
 fall
 group
 general course
 time and location

Lecture: Mo and Thu, 10 am, MP 606, no class on Sep 9
 instructor
