Fall, 2001

Source Abbreviations: A&M = Ashcroft & Mermin, MM = Michael
Marder

DATE |
SUBJECT |
READING |

8/27 | Kinetic Theory | Reif, Ch. 12 |

8/28 | diffusion & random walk, Einstein relation | Reif 12 |

8/30 | Drude model: dc&ac conductivity, Hall effect, thermal conductivity, thermopower | MM 16, A&M 1&2 |

9/4 | Dynamics of Bloch electrons, effective mass, wave packets, holes | MM 16, A&M 12 |

9/6 | Boltzmann equation, relaxation time approx. | MM 17, A&M 13&16 |

9/11 | Calculation of conductivity from Boltzmann equation | MM 17&18, A&M 13&16 |

9/13 | Thermal effects: thermal conductivity, thermopower | MM 17, A&M 13 |

9/18 | Resistivity of metals: electron-phonon scattering | MM 18, A&M 26 |

9/20 | Electron-electron interactions, screening in metals | MM 9, A&M 17 |

9/25 | Fermi liquid theory, scattering phase space | MM 17, A&M 17 |

9/27 | Calculation of electron-electron scattering rate | Pines & Nozieres 1 |

10/2 | Intrinsic & extrinsic (doped) semiconductors | MM 19, A&M 28 |

10/4 | p-n junction in equilibrium | MM 19, A&M 29 |

10/9 | rectification by a p-n junction | MM 19, A&M 29 |

10/11 | Work function, contact potential, Schottky diode | MM 19 |

10/16 | The metal-insulator transition | Mike Dubson notes |

10/18 | Thouless picture of localization in 1D | Imry 2, Thouless 1977 |

10/23 | Scaling theory of localization - 1D, 2D and 3D | Imry 2, Abrahams et al. 1979 |

10/25 | Finite temperature: Inelastic scattering and dephasing; weak localization | Imry 2, (also Bergmann 1984) |

10/30 | Hopping conductivity in insulators | Imry 2 |

11/1 | Conductance by transmission: Landauer formula | Imry 5, Datta 2 |

11/6 | 1D localization from Landauer formula | Imry 5, (also Datta 5) |

11/8 | Multi-terminal measurements: Buttiker-Landauer formula | Imry 5, Datta 2 |

11/13 | Tunneling (guest lecturer: Frederic Pierre) | Pierre thesis |

11/15 | Applications of tunneling (Frederic Pierre) | Pierre thesis |

11/20 | Aharonov-Bohm effect, universal conductance fluctuations | Imry 5, Datta 5 |

11/27 | The Quantum Hall Effect | Imry 6, Datta 4 |

11/29 | The Quantum Hall Effect (continued) | Imry 6, Datta 4 |

12/4 & 12/6 | Student oral presentations |