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PHY3023 : Advanced Materials and Solid-State Physics

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • 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
•       Fermi Surface

3.       Nearly free electrons
•       Bloch waves
•       Central Equation
•       Tight Binding
•       Band gap

4.       Semiconductors
•       Effective Mass
•       Holes
•       Dopants and carriers
•       Simple devices

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion371:0037:00Completion of in course assignments/ examination revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00Formal Lectures – Present in Person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study411:0041:00Preparation time for lectures, background reading, coursework review
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are used for the delivery of theory and explanation of methods, illustrated with examples, and for giving general feedback on marked work.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A60End of semester Examination
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M20Bookwork all-semester problem set
Computer assessment1M20Mid-semester problems and programming task
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Written exercise 1 provides the opportunity for the student to demonstrate their understanding of the lecture course material.
Computing assignment 1 explores numerical intensive band structure calculations and compares with simplified analytical treatment.
Exam explores all module teaching outcomes.

Reading Lists