Advanced Solid State Physics



Magnetic effects and
Fermi surfaces


Linear response


Crystal Physics



Structural phase

Landau theory
of second order
phase transitions




Exam questions




Course notes

TUG students


Books on Solid State Physics

Introductory textbooks

   Festkörperphysik, R. Gross und A. Marx    

This book is based on a course given at TU Munich. We will cover the material in about the first 10 chapters of this book. Available as an e-book: De Gruyter: Festkörperphysik

   Introduction to solid state physics, 8th edition, C. Kittel   
   The most widely used introductory solid state physics textbook. A German translation is available in the library.

Wiley Publishers: Introduction to solid state physics

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   Festkörperphysik, H. Ibach and H. Lüth   
   The most widely used introductory solid state textbook in German speaking countries. Available as an ebook from the TU Graz library.

   Fundamentals of Semiconductors, Peter Yu and Manuel Cardona    

Contains a nice description of band structure methods.

   Einführung in die Festkörperphysik Festkörperphysik, K. Kopitzki und P. Herzog   
   Available as an ebook from the TU Graz library.

Advanced textbooks

   Theoretische Festkörperphysik, Sormann und E. Schachinger    
   Theoretische Festkörperphysik
Chapters 1-6 are relevant for this course.

   Theoretische Festkörperphysik, Gerd Czycholl   
   Available as an ebook from the TU Graz library.

   Solid state physics, Ashcroft and Mermin   
   A detailed graduate text.

   Solid state theory, W. A. Harrison   
   A detailed graduate text.

   Quantum theory of many-particle systems, Fetter and Walecka   
   Serious calculations require second quantization, Feynman diagrams, and Green's functions. This text discusses solid state physics in these terms.

   Statistical Physics, Landau and Lifshitz   
   Statistical mechanics is required to calculate many of the equilibrium properties of solids. The chapters on solids in this book provide a thorough discussion of these topics.
    Transport in Semiconductor Mesoscopic Devices, David K Ferry   
   This book has a chapter that discusses Landau levels, the Shubnikov–de Haas effect, and the quantum Hall effect and a chapter on tunnel devices that includes the Coulomb blockade. The book is available as an E-book through the TU Graz library.

Reference books

   International Tables for Crystallography    
   This is a comprehensive eight volume set with lots of information on crystals. The books are available online at The TU Graz has a subscription to the 2006 Edition. This should be available from TUG computers.

   Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD)    
   This is a database of crystal structures. You can use it to download CIF files which specify how the atoms are arranged in a specific crystal. If you know which atoms are in the crystal, put the chemical formula in the textfield "Structural Formula", provide the "Number of Elements", press "Run Query".

ICSD database

   Materials Project    
   The Materials Project is an effort to compute the properties of all inorganic materials and provide the data and associated analysis algorithms for every materials researcher free of charge. The database includes crystal structure CIF files and properties that are deduced from the crystal structure such as the electron band structure and the phonon band structure.

Materials Project