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Syllabus of the course: Special Topics in Condensed Matter Physics I

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InstructorE. Economou
ProgramWednesday, 11:00-13:00, Hall B
Thursday 11:00-13:00, Hall B
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Goal of the courseAdvanced Condensed Matter Physics course for graduate students with emphasis on the electronic structure of metals, insulators, semiconductors, and modern research topics.
Syllabus(1) Waves and electrons in periodic media: Bravais Lattices in position and reciprocal spaces. Brillouin zones, Kronig-Penney model. Basic band theory, Bloch theorem. Dispersion relations density of electronic states. Computational methods for energy bands. Pseudopotentials. One-dimensional and two-dimensional lattice structures. (2) Interactions and correlations, Dirac formalism, Hartee-Fock and random phase approximations. (3) Magnetic materials, Diamagentism and paramagnetism, Hubbard and Heisenberg models. (4) Superconductivity, Ginzburg-Landau theory.
Bibliography“Solid State Physics, Vol. I,II”, E. N. Economou, Crete University Press (in greek) “Solid State Physics” – N. W. Aschcroft and N. D. Mermin (in greek) "Solid State physics", I. Harald, Η. Luth (in greek) "Introduction to Solid state Physics", C. Kittel (in greek)

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