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Course module: 202000701
Introduction Solid State Physics
Course info
Course module202000701
Credits (ECTS)7
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionDutch
Contact persondr. E.S. Kooij
dr. A. van Houselt
dr. E.S. Kooij
Contactperson for the course
dr. E.S. Kooij
Lecturer H.J.W. Zandvliet
Academic year2021
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes

After completion of this course, the student is able to;

  • identify the structure of a crystal, its reciprocal lattice and calculate a diffraction pattern,
  • describe the concept of phonon dispersion relations and determine the thermal properties of a solid (Debye, Einstein, thermal expansion),
  • describe the behavior of electrons in a periodic potential and explain the concept of band structures,
  • duantitatively describe the conductivity of a semiconductor in terms of charge carriers, and explain the working principle of simple semiconductor devices (p-n junction, MOSFET).


The course introduces the fundamentals that are required to adequately describe the physical properties of matter in the solid state. By using the periodicity in crystalline materials on an atomic length scale, a number of characteristic properties are described, including thermal and electrical properties.
The objective is to introduce some of the basic concepts of solid state physics. Also, by actually applying the course material in exercises and experiments, a feeling for relevant aspects will be developed.  The course is divided in several topics:

- Part 1: Real and reciprocal lattices, lattice dynamics and thermal properties

- Part 2: Free electrons, band structure and transport

- Part 3: Semiconductors and semiconductor devices


Assesment Plan

The assessment plan for this course will be published no later than 2 weeks before the starting block of the course on


Participation for Non-TN Students

This course is only accessible to non-TN students after permission from Technische Natuurlunde Programme. See

Module 7
Participating study
Bachelor Applied Physics
Required materials
H. Ibach, H. Lüth, Solid-State Physics, 4th edition, Springer, 2009, 978-3-540-93803-3
Recommended materials
Instructional modes


Introduction Solid State Physics

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