Courses & Units

Statistical Physics and Solid State Physics KYA322


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

This unit is offered in odd numbered years.


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.


Unit name Statistical Physics and Solid State Physics
Unit code KYA322
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Physics

Teaching staff

Prof S Ellingsen, Dr A Cole

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


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Band Field of Education
2 010301

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Teaching Pattern

3 lectures, 1 tutorial weekly, 36 lab hrs total


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

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