
After completion of this course the student;
The students will obtain knowledge of the basic theories in the domain of condensed matter physics.


A number of modern materials have electronic and magnetic properties which cannot be described by a semiclassical approach. Examples are lowdimensional and disordered metals and semiconductors, f and delectron intermetallics and transition metal compounds such as high temperature superconductors. These materials are characterized by strong interactions between the charge carriers and are generally called correlated electronic systems. The correlations are either due to direct electronelectron interactions or mediated by other degrees of freedom like random impurity potentials, lattice vibrations (phonons) or spin excitations.
The following topics are addressed
 weak localization and anomalous magnetoresistance
 Mott&Anderson metalinsulator transitions
 Coulomb gap and variable range hopping
 Kondo effect
Experimental aspects and qualitative explanations of the phenomena are emphasized. Theory is addressed on qualitative level, avoiding the use of complex mathematical methods.
Assessment Plan
Assignments (1/3) + presentations (1/3) + oral exam (1/3)




 VoorkennisMandatory: basics of quantum mechanics and solid sate physics 
  Verplicht materiaalAanbevolen materiaalBoekV.F.Gantmakher `Electrons and Disorder in Solids¿, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 2005 (copies of the book will be provided)

 StudiemateriaalA.A. Abrikosov “Fundamentals of Theory of Metals”, Elsevier Science Publishers B.V., 1988 
 StudiemateriaalAdditonal reading: N.F.Mott and E.A.Davis ‘Electron Processes in NonCrystalline Materials’, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1979.
Y. Imry ‘Introduction to Mesoscopic Physics’, Oxford University Press, 1997 

 WerkvormenHoor/werkcollegeAanwezigheidsplicht   Ja 

 ToetsenExam, assignments and presentations


 