Courses & Units

Statistical Physics and Solid State Physics KYA322

Note:

Students majoring in Physics must take at least one of KYA322 and KYA323.

This unit is offered in odd numbered years.

Introduction

Statistical physics describes the structure of bulk matter - solids, liquids, gases, plasmas - in terms of very general assumptions about the behaviour of the basic constituents. It has close ties with both kinetic theory and thermodynamics but applies also to quantum systems. The course examines in detail the classical or Maxwell-Boltzmann, and the quantum Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac statistics, and a wide variety of their applications. Solid state physics builds on these topics and includes crystal structure, reciprocal lattices, lattice vibrations, Brillouin zones, thermal properties of solids, electric and magnetic properties of solids, and topics such as superconductivity. The material also provides the background for semiconductor physics. The laboratory program includes advanced individual experiments in selected areas of physics.

Summary

Unit name Statistical Physics and Solid State Physics
Unit code KYA322
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of SET, AMC, IMAS
School of Physical Sciences
Discipline Mathematics and Physics
Coordinator

Teaching staff

Prof S Ellingsen, Dr A Cole

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

This unit is currently unavailable.

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.

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Fees

Domestic

Band Field of Education
2 010301

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Requisites

Prerequisites

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

3 lectures, 1 tutorial weekly, 36 lab hrs total

Assessment

1 x 3hr exams (50%), laboratory work (25%), assignments & internal tests (25%)

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Textbooks

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