Introduction to quantum mechanics and solid state physics. Specific topics include free electron behavior, potential energy wells and barriers, energy band theory, phonons, and electrical properties of metals and semiconductors. This course develops many concepts of fundamental interest to nanoscale science and engineering such as quantum confinement and reduced dimensionality effects in nanomaterials.
- D. J. Griffiths, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 2nd Edition, Pearson Prentice Hall (2005), ISBN: 0131118927.
- C. Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics, 8th Edition, John Wiley and Sons (2005), ISBN: 047141526X.
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