Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics

Gil Refael

Final Exam:

Instructions – download and read first

Exam – download when ready to start



No class on Thursday Nov. 21st

Make up classes: Nov. 25th. 5pm.

General info:

TA: Swati Chaudhary

Recitation: Wednesdays 5:30 PM in Lauritsen 269

Office hours:

Swati: Thursdays at 5:30 PM in B154 conference room West Bridge

Gil: Wednesdays 4pm, WB 164.


Make up classes: Mondays 5-6:25pm, Downs 107. First makeup: Oct. 7th.


Oct 1: Intro, Fermi-Dirac, state-counting, DOS.

Oct 3: Fermi energy, Degeneracy pressure.

Oct 7,8: Magnetic properties of free electrons.

(Oct 15, Week of Oct. 21st) Transport-notes:  Electronic transport intro: Drude formula and Boltzmann transport equation.Thermo-electric properties, Onsager relations.

Oct 24th: Phonons

Oct. 29th: Band structure I

Nov. 5th: Tight-binding-example

Nov. 14th: Spin Orbit Coupling and Berry phases

Nov. 18-26: Berry connection in Rashba well, anomalous velocity, and Thouless pump

Dec 3-5: Topological insulators

Problem sets:

Problem set 1

PS1 – solution

Problem Set 2

PS2 solution

Problem Set 3

PS3 solution

Problem Set 4 – due Nov 11th

PS4 solution

Problem set 5 – due Nov 18th

PS5 solution

problem set 6

PS6 solution

problem set 7 – due Dec 9th

PS7 solution