Courses Detail Information

MSE2420J – Physics of Materials

Instructor: Qianli Chen

Instructors (Faculty):

Credits: 4 credits

Pre-requisites: VV216/VV256/VV286 & VP240/VP260


Basic principles and applications of solid state physics. Mathematical and physical description of classical and quantum mechanics, crystallography and diffraction. Applications to solid, including brand structure, bonding and physical properties.

Course Topics:

Failure of classical physics; black-body radiation, Planck Postulate Early experiments exhibiting quantum effects: photo-electric effect, Davisson-Germer results, Compton shift, x-ray production. Early models of the atom: Thompson, Rutherford and Bohr models, their successes and shortcomings.Wave-particle duality; de Broglie postulate and Einstein relation. Introduction to the wave equation and Fourier series analysis.The Heisenberg uncertainty principle. Probability density, expectation values, energy and momentum operations. Schrödinger equation, solutions for step, barrier and well potentials Scanning Probe Microscopy Periodic well potentials: Kronig-Penney model Solution of the Schrödinger equation for the hydrogen atom Atomic Physics and the Pauli Exclusion Principle Classical and Quantum Statistics: Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac statistics Origin of Spectra Stimulated Emission and Lasers Thermal and Magnetic Properties Superconductivity Band Theory Semiconductor Devices : Diodes, Transistors and Photovoltaics Additional Examples of the application of quantum theory in the context of materials science and engineering. May include: Quantum Devices, Quantum Computing, Magnetic Media, Spintronics