- Code PHYS6032
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Physics
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Physics
- Areas of interest Physics, Science, Engineering
New materials enable new technologies and many practicing physicists in academia and industry work in this fundamental area of physics. This course aims to establish fundamental concepts in solid-state physics, and applies the physics learned previously (in particular quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, electromagnetism, and statistical mechanics) to macroscopic 'real-world' materials. The structure and properties of solids including thermal, electrical and magnetic properties are described and the electron theory of solids is developed and applied to explain the physical properties of metals, semiconductors, dielectrics and superconductors. Students will practice solving theoretical problems in condensed matter physics in tutorials and further develop their understanding of the topics by completing the assignments and quizzes. Students will also perform practical laboratory sessions to learn some of the key analytical techniques in solid-state physics. The results from these laboratory sessions will be analysed and written up in laboratory reports to practice critical analysis and communication of experimental investigations.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain the significance and value of solid state physics, both scientifically and in the wider community.
- Describe key concepts in crystallography such as material structure and reciprocal space, and how these can be investigated experimentally.
- Integrate knowledge and mathematical techniques from foundational areas of physics to describe the thermal, electrical and magnetic properties of solid systems.
- Apply key analysis techniques to typical problems encountered in the field.
- Understand the role of materials physics in the development of modern technology, and the physical processes on which these technologies are based.
- Research and communicate scientific knowledge in the context of a topic related to condensed matter physics, in either a technical or non-specialist format;
- Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills and be able to research and explain scientific concepts.
- Examination (40) [LO 1,2,3,5]
- Laboratory reports and logbook (20) [LO 2,3,4]
- Assignments (30) [LO 2,3,4,5]
- Literature Review Assignment (10) [LO 1,5,6,7]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of , a 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week, a 2 hour workshop per week and 6 x 3 hour laboratory sessions across the semester.
- Self-paced online lectures (approximately 2 hours per week)
- Approximately 52 hours of self-directed study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
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|Class start date
|Last day to enrol
|Class end date
|Mode Of Delivery
|22 Jul 2024
|29 Jul 2024
|31 Aug 2024
|25 Oct 2024