Condensed Matter

Module code: PA2230

‘Condensed Matter’ explores the physics that underpins the behaviour of electrons in crystalline solid materials and is included in the Institute of Physics “core of physics” material.  During this module you will develop skills and problem solving abilities that are essential for understanding physics of the solid state. Alongside lectures, active problem solving workshops and seminars will supplement your learning.

Topics covered

  • Crystal structures and phonons
  • Electrons in crystals
  • Semiconductors and superconductors

Learning

  • 24 hours of lectures
  • 3 hours of seminars
  • 8 hours of practicals/workshops
  • 115 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Coursework (30%)
  • Exam, 2 hours (70%)