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Final update of notes for PHY487 (condensed matter physics)

Posted by peeterjoot on January 20, 2014

Here is what will likely be the final update of my class notes from Winter 2013, University of Toronto Condensed Matter Physics course (PHY487H1F), taught by Prof. Stephen Julian.

Official course description: “Introduction to the concepts used in the modern treatment of solids. The student is assumed to be familiar with elementary quantum mechanics. Topics include: bonding in solids, crystal structures, lattice vibrations, free electron model of metals, band structure, thermal properties, magnetism and superconductivity (time permitting)”

This document contains:

• Plain old lecture notes. These mirror what was covered in class, possibly augmented with additional details.
• Personal notes exploring details that were not clear to me from the lectures, or from the texts associated with the lecture material.
• Assigned problems. Like anything else take these as is.
• Some worked problems attempted as course prep, for fun, or for test preparation, or post test reflection.
• Links to Mathematica workbooks associated with this course.
My thanks go to Professor Julian for teaching this course.

NOTE: This v.5 update of these notes is still really big (~18M).  Some of my mathematica generated 3D images result in very large pdfs.

Changelog for this update (relative to the first, and second, and third, and the last pre-exam Changelogs).

January 19, 2014 Quadratic Deybe

January 19, 2014 One atom basis phonons in 2D

January 07, 2014 Two body harmonic oscillator in 3D
Figure out a general solution for two interacting harmonic oscillators, then use the result to calculate the matrix required for a 2D two atom diamond lattice with horizontal, vertical and diagonal nearest neighbour coupling.

December 04, 2013 Lecture 24: Superconductivity (cont.)

December 04, 2013 Problem Set 10: Drude conductivity and doped semiconductors.

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course notes (so far) for Fall 2012, UofT Modern Optics (PHY485H1F), taught by Prof. Joseph H. Thywissen

Posted by peeterjoot on October 17, 2012

The last couple of courses I took, I’d been blogging each days course notes, relatively close to when I took the lecture.

This takes a bit more work than just posting the pdf files since I have to run the latex sources through a script to convert it to a standalone (i.e. \newcommand free) form that also deals with some limitations in the scope of latex that wordpress allows (i.e. each $ … latex … $ expression has to be on a single line, and so forth). Figures also take work, although using the wordpress post by email method makes that a bit less painful.

This course, I’ve been putting each days lecture notes straight into this larger compilation.

Disclaimer

I’ve reviewed a subset of these notes, part way into the diffraction chapter, so I’d expect the latter material on coherence to be somewhat incoherent.

Expect these notes to be riddled with spelling errors and the grammar of a software developer. There will surely be some errors and unoptimal latex too since the bulk of that content is done live in class, and not substantially altered after the fact. Figures are all hand drawn, very roughly and quickly, not much better than the scribbles made in class. For the portions of these notes that I’ve done my second review pass of, I’ll have attempted to fill in any holes that I personally required to understand the material. It should be noted that Professor Thywissen’s handwritten notes (provided to the class on the internal blackboard site) are much more comprehensive, but I’ve not done the secretarial and editorial task of trying to merge those with my class notes posted above.

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