Course Details

Subject {L-T-P / C} : PH1002 : Physics - II {2-1-0 / 3}
Subject Nature : Theory
Coordinator : Prof. Prakash Nath Vishwakarma


Statistical Mechanics: Statistical distributions: Maxwell-Boltzmann, Molecular Energies in an ideal gas, Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac statistics, Rayleigh-Jeans formula, Planck's law of radiation, specific heats of solids.
Solid State Physics : Crystalline and amorphous solids, point defect, dislocations, Bonding in solids: ionic, covalent, Van der Waals and metallic bond, band theory of solids, classification of solid on band theory, Free electron model for metals (QM approach), E-k diagram, Density of states function and it’s extension to semiconductor, Intrinsic & Extrinsic semiconductors (with Fermi level description), Charge carriers in semiconductors, Hall effect, p-n junction in forward and reversed bias, Applications of p-n junction (Solar Cell and LED). Superconductivity, Meissner effect, Type I and type II superconductors, bound electron pairs, isotope effect.
Nuclear & Particle Physics: Nuclear structure, stable nuclei, binding energy, liquid drop model, Meson theory of nuclear forces, radioactive decay: alpha, beta and gamma decay, Fundamental interactions, Leptons, Hadrons, Gluons, Elementary Particle quantum numbers, conservation laws. Quark

Course Objectives

  1. To learn the physics of a solid matter at atomic and subatomic level.

Course Outcomes

This course is designed to deliver a concise knowledge of a solid at atomic and subatomic level. The course starts with the basic tools of statistical mechanics needed to understand the subject and then interaction between the atoms via electrons to interactions at nuclear levels are covered.

Essential Reading

  1. Arthur Beiser, Concepts of Modern Physics, McGraw Hill Education , 6th Edition
  2. Jacob Millman and Christos Halkias, Electronic Devices and Circuits, McGraw Hill Education , 1st edition

Supplementary Reading

  1. M. A. Wahab, Solid State Physics, Narosa Publishing House , 3rd edition
  2. Donald Neamen, Semiconductor Physics and Devices, McGraw Hill Education , 3rd edition