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# Archive from 2010

# Paradigms in Physics, 2010

## PH427: Periodic Systems

In Spring 2010 the course is being taught Week 1 - Week 3 by Prof. Ethan Minot. The course is part of the Paradigms in Physics series.

## Calendar

Day | Topic | Summary | Additional Reading | Assignments | |
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Day1 | M | coupled oscillators | Main Ch 8 or Taylor Ch 11 | ||

Day2 | Tu | coupled oscillators - monoatomic chain | Main Ch 8 | Lab1 | |

Day3 | W | monoatomic chain | Main, Section 12.2 | ||

Day4 | Th | diatomic chain | Lab2 | ||

Day5 | F | diatomic chain - evanescent waves | HW 1 2010. Soln for HW1 | ||

Day | Topic | Summary | Additional Reading | Assignments | |

Day6 | M | 3d solids - phonons | |||

Day7 | Tu | Density of states, occupation function | Quantization of elastic waves | ||

Day8 | W | Specific heat | Specific heat of a 1d chain | Submit topic for talk | |

Day9 | Th | Periodic quantum system | Chain of square well potentials, allowed and forbidden energies | Lab3 | |

Day10 | F | Dispersion relations for quantum states | HW 2 2010. Soln for HW2 | ||

Day | Topic | Summary | Additional Reading | Assignments | |

Day11 | M | Bloch's theorem | Symmetry of the infinite lattice (Architectural example of infinite repeating unit cell), Bloch's theorem. Calculating overlap integrals. | Griffiths QM p199, Bloch proof | |

Day12 | Tu | Metals, Insulators, Effective mass | Lab4 | ||

Day13 | W | Journal club talks | |||

Day14 | Th | Journal club talks | |||

Day15 | F | Review session | Session run by Alex, Ethan will be traveling | HW 3_2010, Soln for HW3 |