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PHY3023 : Advanced Materials and Solid-State Physics

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Toby Hallam
  • Owning School: Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To further develop the understanding of material concepts and to understand advanced concepts such as band theory.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Crystalline Materials
•       Structure
•       Reciprocal space
•       Diffraction
•       Brillouin zone

2.       Free Electrons
•       Drude model
•       Sommerfeld model

3.       Nearly free electrons
•       Bloch waves
•       Central Equation
•       Kronig Penney
•       Band gap

4.       Semiconductors
•       Bands
•       Holes
•       Dopants and carriers
•       Simple devices

5.       Modern materials
•       Graphene
•       Carbon nanotubes
•       Organic metals and semiconductors

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00Tutorial sessions to cover solutions to practical problems
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion300:3015:00Revision for final exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery120:102:00Office hours
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study27:3015:00Preparation, writing up of assessed assignments.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study144:0044:00Reviewing lecture notes, reviewing recap, general reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide core material and guidance for further reading, problem solving practice is provided through tutorials.

Office hours (two per week) provide an opportunity for more direct contact between individual students and the lecturer: a typical student might spend a total of one or two hours over the course of the module, either individually or as part of a group.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A80N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises1M202 assignments - 10% each.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination provides the opportunity for the student to demonstrate their understanding of the lecture course material. Two written assignments of equal weight allow the students to develop their problem solving techniques, to practice the methods learnt in the module, to assess their progress and to receive feedback; this assessment has a secondary formative purpose as well as a primary summative purpose.

Reading Lists