**Condensed Matter Physics**
**Transport and Mesoscopic Physics**

**Instructor: Norman Birge**
**126 Physics & Astronomy, 353-8746**
**birge@pa.msu.edu**

This course will give an overview of basic transport theory, picking up where Physics 871 left off. Then it will provide an introduction to the field of mesoscopic physics. The treatment will be phenomenological, without Green’s functions.

**Note change in Course Meeting Time and Place!**

Tuesday, 2:30-3:50 & Thursday, 4:10-5:30, Room 209

**Grading**

Homework: 40%; Final paper and oral presentation: 60%

**Textbooks:**

**Basic transport theory**: Every student should own one of the following
standard texts:

__Condensed Matter Physics__,
by Michael Marder

__Solid State Physics__,
by Neil Ashcroft and N. David Mermin

__Principles of the Theory
of Solids__, by J.M. Ziman

**Mesoscopic physics**: I will use material from both of the following
books:

__Electron Transport in
Mesoscopic Systems__, by Supriyo Datta

__Introduction to Mesoscopic
Physics__, by Yoseph Imry

**Topics:**

I. Semiclassical Transport in Solids

A. Drude model, effective mass, wave packets

B. The Boltzmann equation

C. Fermi liquid theory

D. Semiconductor Electronics: diode, MOSFET

II. Preliminary Concepts

A. The Metal-Insulator Transition

B. Disorder: The Scaling Theory of Localization

C. Electron Phase Coherence

III. Mesoscopic Physics

A. Conductance by Transmission – the Landauer Formula

1. Ballistic transport:
conductance quantization

2. Diffusive transport:
universal conductance fluctuations

3. Tunnel junctions

B. Quantum Hall Effect

C. Coulomb Blockade

IV. Optional Topics

A. Transport through quantum dots

B. Atomic point contacts

C. Andreev reflection and mesoscopic superconductivity

D. Noise in mesoscopic systems