Solid State Physics

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Welcome to the introductory course in solid state physics!

Most of our lives are centered around different types and forms of solid materials, being either organic or non-organic. Fundamentally, a solid consists of a huge number of particles (atomic nuclei and electrons). This makes it hard to relate the physics at a microscopic scale (nm scale) to the physics at scale we are used to (mm-km scale). However, by ingenious ideas it is possible to simplify this problem and obtain good results. But that is not the end of the story - solid state physics also encompasses a considerable number of novel, so called emergent physical phenomena caused by collective many-body interactions (examples of such effects are superconductivity and ferromagnetism). These phenomena can not be explained by starting from an atomistic view. 

Considering all this, it is not surprising that solid state physics is the largest research field within physics. In this course, you will learn about the basic concepts and tools that are needed to be able to enter into this fascinating branch of physics!


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