PHYS 459: Physics of Solids III


Free electron Fermi gas; Fermi distribution, heat capacity of an electron gas; electrical conductivity; motion in magnetic fields; Wiedemann – Franz law; Energy Bands; Bloch functions; weakly perturbing lattice potential; holes; effective mass; metals; insulators; semiconductors; semiconductor crystals; intrinsic carrier concentration; thermo-electric effects in semiconductors; semi metals; p-n junctions; solar cells and photovoltaic detectors.