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Solid State Physics

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and NPTEL via Swayam


In universe, matter is observable in everyday life in four states: solid, liquid, gas and plasma. There are other states of mater known to exist only under extreme situations. Matter, whatever the states, is made of atoms. The states are defined in terms of interatomic distance, atomic arrangement and atomic ionization in matter. In solid state of matter, the arrangement of atoms forms different structure of materials. The structure of materials is the key deciding factor for different kind of properties, such as thermal, electrical, optical, magnetic, dielectric etc. In this course we will learn the structure of solid materials and their different physical properties along with underlying physics.
INTENDED AUDIENCE : B.Sc in Physics, Chemistry, Electronics ,B.E and B.Tech in Material Science,Metallurgy, Cryogenics, ElectronicsPRE-REQUISITES : Nil
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Solid state physics has the most striking impact on the solid state electronics. The industries of electronics, telecommunication and
instrumentation will recognize this course.



Week 1: Atom to solid structureWeek 2: Crystal symmetry, unit cells and crystal planes
Week 3: Real space and reciprocal space of crystals
Week 4: X-ray diffraction and determination of crystal structuresWeek 5: Thermal Properties of SolidsWeek 6: Free electron theory of solids
Week 7: Band structure of solids
Week 8: Semiconducting property of solids
Week 9: Superconductivity
Week 10: Diamagnetism and paramagnetism
Week 11: Ferromagnetism and antiferromagnetism
Week 12: Dielectrics and Ferroelectrics

Taught by

Prof. Amal Kumar Das

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