Advanced Condensed Matter Physics
SCQF level 10
Academic year(s): 2019-2020
SCOTCAT credits : 15
ECTS credits : 7
Level : SCQF level 10
Availability restrictions: Available only to students on a programme in the School of Physics & Astronomy.
This module builds on concepts taught in Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics (PH4039) to introduce more advanced theoretical concepts and lay the foundations required to understand the challenges in current research in condensed matter physics. Topics covered in this module include advanced techniques for band-structure determination, superconductivity and magnetism as well as the physics of semiconductor electronics. The module will further prepare students for more independent learning. The module will be 100% continuously assessed, including a journal club presentation, problem sheets and computational problems to serve as an introduction to advanced modelling and data analysis in condensed matter physics.
Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must take PH3061 and ( take PH3080 or take PH3082 ) and take PH4039
Weekly contact: 3 lectures or tutorials (x 11 weeks), 1 computing hour
Scheduled learning hours: 41
Guided independent study hours: 109
As used by St Andrews: Oral Examination = 30%, Coursework (computing project - 40%, Journal Club presentation 30%) = 70%
As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 60%
Re-assessment: Oral Examination = 100% -Re-Aassessment grade capped at 7
Module coordinator: Professor G P Wahl
Module teaching staff: Prof P Wahl, Dr A Di Falco, Cr B Braunecker, Prof P King
This module lays the foundations required to understand the challenges in current research in condensed matter physics. Topics covered in this module include advanced techniques for band-structure determination, superconductivity and magnetism as well as the physics of semiconductor electronics.
There will be 4 whole class tutorials and 27 lectures. The lectures will cover the following topics, each bullet point corresponds roughly to 3 lectures. They will be accompanied by computational problems designed to explore the physics discussed in class numerically.
Additional information on continuous assessment etc.
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