General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Solid State Physics 1
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Aleksandra Trzaskowska
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position professor
Faculty Faculty of Physics
Semester 2024/2025 (winter)
Duration 30
USOS code 04-W-SSP1-45


Two-hours lecture each week, during 15 weeks

Module aim (aims)

The course is specifically tailored for undergraduate physics students with the primary goal of imparting a comprehensive understanding of Solid State Physics 1. The overarching aim is to equip students with the essential knowledge and analytical tools essential for describing the intricate phenomena within solid-state physics. Beyond the foundational aspects, the course strives to demonstrate the pervasive influence of solid-state physics in our daily surroundings, emphasizing its relevance to our interactions with solids in various contexts.

Throughout the duration of the course, students engage in a multifaceted learning experience that extends beyond theoretical concepts. They delve into the practical aspects of investigating fundamental properties inherent to solids, gaining hands-on insights into the methodologies employed in the study of solid-state physics. This multifaceted approach not only enhances theoretical comprehension but also provides students with a practical understanding of how to apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

The student has knowledge in the basic fields of physics (mechanics, optics, electricity, and magnetism) at the level of completing the second year of studies in physics and related disciplines. Additionally, basic knowledge in experimental physics, atomic physics, and quantum physics would be beneficial. Fundamental knowledge and skills in solving physics problems, as well as proficiency in mathematical tools, are required. The student is capable of acquiring information from various sources and utilizing it. Moreover, the student is adept at working in a group and understands the necessity of collaboration.


  1. Crystallography:

    • Fundamentals of crystallography
    • Networks and lattice translation vectors
    • Crystal structure
    • Bravais latticer
    • Miller indices of nodes, directions, and planes
    • Elements of symmetry in crystals
  2. Tensor Calculus:

    • Basics of tensors
  3. Crystal Lattice Vibrations:

    • Optical and acoustic phonons
    • Elastic constants
  4. Study of Crystal Structure:

    • Inverse lattice
    • Neutron diffraction
    • Electron and X-ray diffraction
    • Bragg's law and Laue's law
    • Methods of crystal lattice studies (Raman and Brillouin spectroscopy)
  5. Thermal Properties of Solids:

    • Einstein model
    • Specific heat
    • Debye model of specific heat
    • Specific heat of conductive electrons in metals
    • Thermal conductivity of solids
    • Thermal expansion of solids
    • Test methods for thermal properties
  6. Crystal Lattice Defects and Dislocations.

  7. Dielectrics and Ferroelectrics:

    • Characteristics and properties
  8. Metals and Their Properties.

  9. Semiconductors.

  10. Magnetic Properties of Solids.

  11. Methods for Investigating the Surfaces.

Reading list

1. John J. Quinn, Kyung-Soo Yi, Solid State Physics, Principles and Modern Applications Second Edition 2.

2. S. Simon, The Oxford Solid State Basics,

3. 3. STEVEN M. GIRVIN, KUN YANG, Modern Condensed Matter Physics DOI: 10.1017/9781316480649

4. C. Kittel Introduction to Solid State Physics