Physics 348: Review and Study Guide
St. Lawrence University
Daniel W. Koon

Chapter 1
Van der Waals bond, covalent, ionic, hydrogen, metallic.
Madelung constant
ideal crystal
Bravais (space, plane) lattice
unit cell
point group
plane group (real lattice)
cubic lattice (cubic primitive)
tetragonal lattice
orthorhombic lattice
reciprocal lattice
Brillouin zone
You should know the various bonding mechanisms, their causes, relative strengths, and, if appropriate, an example or two of solids that use said mechanism.
You should know how many lattice groups and point groups there are in 2D, 3D.
You should know the names of the ten 2D point groups.
You should be able to determine the symmetries obeyed at points in the 2D Bravais lattice.
You should understand the various symmetries: Translation, Reflection, Rotation, Inversion, Glide, Screw
You should be able to sketch the planes corresponding to given Miller indices for cubic and HCP lattices.
You should recognize the following lattices on sight: BCC, FCC, HCP, zincblende (ZnS), diamond, rocksalt (NaCl), perovskite
You should understand which type of diffraction is most useful in which situation.
You should know Bragg's law.
You should be able to calculate the reciprocal lattice vectors.
You should know the reciprocal lattices of FCC, BCC, simple cubic.
Chapter 2
vibrational waves
dispersion relationship
group velocity
phase velocity
density of [phonon] states
acoustic branch
optical branch
Einstein [characteristic] temperature
Debye [characteristic] temperature
lattice specific heat
electronic specific heat
phonon mean free path
phonon scattering
You should be able to derive vp and vg from the dispersion relationship.
You should be able to convert between g(w ) and g(k).
You should know the general functional relationship for g(w ) for the simple 3D model given in sections 2.2.
You should be able to describe how longitudinal and transverse, and acoustic and optical vibrations differ from an atomic point-of-view.
You should be able to describe the Einstein model and the Debye model, and be able to recognize the origin of every term in either expression for U.
You should know a few of the sources of phonon scattering and be able to explain why each can scatter phonons.
You should know what materials have the largest ratio of electronic heat conduction to lattice heat conduction at low temperature.
The Brillouin Zone:
1. Inverse space is also momentum space.
2. Each Brillouin Zone covers the same amount of volume in k-space.
3. The second BZ consists of two disconnected regions, the third consists of 3, etc.
4. The dispersion relation (E vs k) is discontinuous at the BZ boundaries.
5. If an electron experiences no scattering and no outside forces, it will remain where it
is in k-space.
6. In a 2- or 3- dimensional reduced zone scheme, one
moves the 2nd (or 3rd, or ...) zone into the first by
reflecting across the BZ boundary as shown to the left:
a® a'
b® b'
c® c'
d® d'
7. If a material is an insulator, then the Fermi energy lies at an energy which has a nonzero density of states.
8. If a material is an insulator, then the Fermi surface is equivalent to one of the Brillouin Zone boundaries.
9. Each Brillouin Zone is capable of holding two electrons for every atom that is in the lattice.
10. If, for a given value of k, the energy of an electron inside a solid (see the dispersion relation) is smaller than for a free electron, then it has a negative average potential energy and thus the effect of the ion cores on it is greater than the effect of other electrons.

Chapter 3

Classical free electron theory: (CFE)
fo µ exp(-b Ek)
<Ek> = kT

Drude Model:
Scattering caused by the positive ions
Survival probability: n=noe-t/t
s = ne2t / m
Celn » Clattice

Lorentz Model: CFE using Boltzmann ea.:
f = f0 +
RH = -1.18/ne
Magnetoresistance: r = r o + M B2
Quantized free electron theory: (QFE)
E =
Density of states: g(k) dk = (k/p )2dk
g(E)dE =
Fermion statistics:
Significance of the Fermi Energy
Ef0 =

Sommerfeld model: (QFE & Boltz. eq.)
Celn = g T » (kT/Ef) Clattice
g = (p 2k2/3 ) g(Ef)
Pauli Paramgnetism: c µ g(Ef),
c » (kT/Ef) c class
s = [ne2t (Ef)]/m
RH = -1/ne
l >> than for Drude, Lorentz (Defects, phonons cause electron scattering.)
Band Theory:
Bloch functions
Kronig-Penney model
Band gaps
Fermi surface
Brillouin zones (again!)
k-space, inverse or momentum space
Connection between Brillouin zone
boundaries and energy gaps
Effective mass, mij=
Organic, heavy fermion, cuprate
Zero resistance
Persistant current
Meissner effect
Type I, Type II superconductors
Flux quantiz.: 2.07 ´ 10-15Wb
Heat capacity 'glitch'
Tuyn's law. Hc = H0[1-(T/Tc)2]
BCS. electron-phonon coupling
BCS. density of states in SC
BCS: Cooper pairs: for
Electromagnets, Josephson junctions,
SQUIDS, etc.
Chapter 4

Be able to sketch density of states, g(e ) and Fermi filling factor, f(e ).
Impurities: e d = Ry(mc/me)(1/k2),
ad = a0k (me/mc)
Metal-Insulator Transition: nc1/3ad @ 1/4
Law of Mass Action: Na- + n = Nd+ + p
Degenerate: e F = e c +
Classical: e F = e c - kTln(Nc/n0)
ni µ T3 exp(-e g/2kT)
Intrinsic: n@ ni
Saturation: n@ Nd - Na
Freezeout: n = [Nc(Nd - Na)/NakT] exp (-e d/kT)
Conductivity: s = nem e + pem h
Hall coeff.: RH = (S Ris i2/[S s i]2) ®
tan q H = r xy/r xx = w ct = RHs B
Be able to sketch impurity and conduction bands as N® Nc.
Be able to explain why impurity bands broaden.
Phop µ exp[-2a R-b D E]
3D Variable-range hop: s µ exp[-(T0/T)1/4]
Be able to sketch g(e ) for amorphous semis.

r 0 = s 0 / (s 02 + s H2) r H
            = s H / (s 02 + s H2), etc.
Cyclotron resonance: w c = eB/m*
Quantum Hall Effect: r H = h/n e2 = 25812W /n
Be able to sketch reciprocal lattice for a fcc space lattice.
Be able to point out the gross features of the reciprocal space of Si, Ge, and describe location and number of equivalent valleys.
Additional definitions:
extrinsic semiconductor
Seebeck effect
Phonon-assisted hopping
Fractional Quantum Hall Effect
Indirect electronic transitions

Chapter 5

Miscellaneous E&M

e 0 = 8.85 ´ 10-17F/m m 0 = 4p ´ 10-7H/m
Dipole field:

Atomic polarizability:

Clausius-Mosotti: S Njaj=3e 0
Perm. dipoles:
Langevin function: L(w) = coth(w)-(1/w) ® (w/3)

(t =1/w 0)
Ionic and Electronic polarization:


Magnetic moment:
Bohr magneton :
m B =9.27´ 10-24J/T

g = Lande splitting factor
Atomic angular momentum:

Paramagnetism: Curie Law:
Quantum mech. ® Brillouin fctn:
BJ(y) =

Neel temperature
Spin waves, magnons
Exchange integral, Uij = -2Je
Magnetic domains
Electron spin resonance n [GHz) = 14.00 g B[T];
g = 0.0715n /B
Spin-lattice & spin-spin relaxation
Nuclear magnetic resonance:
n [MHz] = 7.623 gnB[T]
Protons: m = 2.793 m n
Neutrons: m = -1.913 m n
Negative temperature