
B.S. SOLID STATE PHYSICSI [PHYS531] SYLLABUS

Crystal Growth: Basic growth techniques,
growth from melt charalsley, Bridgman and chemical vapor growth.

Crystal Structure: Crystalline periodicity, crystal
symmetry, unit cell, crystal structure, classification, position,
directions and planes in crystals, Miller indices, simple lattice,
Laue’s equations, Bragg’s law, Ewald’s construction,
Brillion zone, reciprocal lattice, scattering from atoms and crystals,
structure factor, form factor, experimental methods of Xray diffraction

Crystal Binding: Lattice energy of inert gas crystals
and ionic crystals, covalent, metallic and hydrogen bonds

Free Electron Theory: Classical theory, Sommerfeld
model, Quantum mechanical treatment, FermiDirac statistics, applications
– electrical conductivity and specific heat of free electron
gas

Band Theory: Nearly free electron model, Bloch theorem,
KronigPenny model

Lattice Dynamics: Vibration in one dimensional monatomic
and diatomic lattices, vibrational modes of crystals, optical modes
in ionic crystals, phonon heat capacity (Einstein and Debye models),
scattering and interactions of phonons.

Semiconductivity: Theory of semiconductivity, intrinsic
and extrinsic semiconductors, mobility of current carriers, minority
carriers, lifetime, theory of pn junctions

Recommended Text:
1. C. Kittle, ‘Introduction to Solid State Physics’
Eight Edition, John Wiley and Sons., New York (2004)
2. John P. Mc Kelvey, ‘Solid State and Semiconductor Physics’
Harper & Row, New York (1966)
3. Ashcroft – Mermin, ‘Solid State Physics’ Holt,
Reinhart, Winston, New York (1976)
4. J. R. Chrisman, ‘Solid State Physics’ John Wiley and
Sons., New York (1988)
5. H. E. Hall, ‘Solid State Physics’ John Wiley and Sons.,
New York (1995)
6. A. Guinier and R. Julien, ‘The Solid State’ Oxford
University Press, Oxford (1989)
7. S. M. Sze,” Semiconductor Devices” 2nd Edition, John
Wiley and Sons, (2001)



