PHYS 460 Condensed Matter Physics

Class, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Physics Department, 1900

I was the lone TA for this class. I reworked many HW problems and made the solutions. We covered most materials in “The Oxford Solid State Basics” by Steven Simon.

Simple models to explain transport

  • Einstein model specific heat
  • Debye model specific heat
  • Drude conductivity
  • Sommerfeld conductivity

Crystal structure

  • Direct and reciprocal lattice
  • X-ray and neutron diffraction

Tight binding

  • 1D chain
  • Kronig-Penny model
  • Nearly-free electron model


  • Spin-orbit coupling and Hund’s rule
  • 1D Ising transfer matrix
  • Crystallite domains