Physics of Matter

Subject description

Experimental basis and principles of quantum mechanics. Some simple examples described by using the methods of quantum mechanics. Hydrogen atom and other atoms. The basis of statistical thermodynamics. Electron gas. Self-assembly of molecules. Electrons in metals. Electric current in metals. Energy bands in crystals. Semiconductors. Dielectric properties of solids, liquids and gases. Magnetic properties of materials. Superconductivity. The basis of mechanics of continuous media and hydrodynamics. Plasma physics, kinetic and magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) description of plasmas.

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

The acquired knowledge will enable the students to understand the electrical properties of  the materials like semiconductors, metals, superconductors, electronic gases, electrolyte solutions and gaseous plasmas.  

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminars/problem solving.

Expected study results

After successful completion of the course, students should:

  1. Be able to select basic concepts of statistical physics.
  2. Be able to select basic concepts of quantum mechanics.
  3. Be able to tell the difference between the canonical, grand-canonical and micro-canonical ensemble .
  4. Be able to solve simple quantum mechanical examples using Schrodinger equation (like potential well and potential barrier)
  5. Have the ability to apply  the acquired mathematical knowledge in different fields of electrotechnics.
  6. Have deeper knowledge on electrical properties of materials.

Basic sources and literature

  1. J. Strnad, Fizika III in IV del, DZS, Ljubljana, vsakokratna nova izdaja
  2. L. Solymar, D. Walsh, Lectures on the electrical properties of materials, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1970.
  3. S. Poberaj, Fizika snovi, Založba FE in FRI, 1976.
  4. B.H. Brandsen, C.J. Joachain, Quantum Mechanics, Prentice Hall, vsakokratna nova izdaja.
  5. R. A. Serway: Physics (international edition), Sounders Golden Sunburst Series, vsakokratna nova izdaja.
  6. A. Iglič in V. Kralj-Iglič, Izbrana poglavja iz fizike mehke snovi, Založba FE in FRI, 200
  7. A. Iglič, D. Drobne, V. Kralj-Iglič, Nanostructures in Biological Systems, Pan Stanford, Singapore, 2013 (in print).
  8. I. Supek, Teorijska fizika i struktura materije, Školska knjiga Zagreb, 1990.

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