• Course Plan
    Week Topic Source
    1 Semiconductors - intrinsic, extrinsic, calculating chemical potential 28/A&M
    2 Boltzmann's Equation - Semi-classical approximation, relaxation time approximation (RTA) 12,13/A&M
    3 Boltzmann's Equation - scattering mechanisms; Magnetic Hamiltonian, pert. theory. 16,29,31/A&M
    4 Magnetic Hamiltonian, pert. theory. Hound's Rules 31/A&M
    5 Curie's Law. Pauli paramagnetism. Exchange interaction. 31,32/A&M
    6 Super exchange, Curie-Weiss law, spin waves 32,33/A&M
    7 Superconductivity-Meisner effect, London Equation 2/Tinkham, 1/De Gennes
    8 Superconductivity - Introduction to BCS formalism. 3/Tinkham,
    3-4/De Gennes
    9 BCS formalizm - Cooper pairs, energy gap, excitations 3/Tinkham,
    3-4/De Gennes

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    • Office hours

      Name Day Hours Building/Room E-mail
      Yosef Sutton Tuesday 14:00-15:00 54/321
      Prof. Moshe Schechter Set by email 54/331


      What? Name Day Hours Building/Room
      Lecture Prof. Moshe Schechter Sunday
      TA Yosef Sutton Wednesday 12:00-14:00 90/225
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        • The student MUST submit all homework (up to one assignment) in order to be able to take the final exam.
        • The assignments are submitted ELECTRONICALLY.
        • The homeworks will be checked: 15% MAGEN.
        • Final assignment : 85%. May include an oral exam.

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        • Books:

          • "Solid state physics" by Ashcroft and Mermin - QC 176.A83 1976B or QC 176.A83
          • "Superconductivity of metals and alloys" by Pierre-Gilles de Gennes
          • "Introduction to superconductivity" by Michael Tinkham


          Additional Material (Lectures notes from an older course):

          Direct links:


          P-N Junction

          Diamagnetism & Paramagnetism

          Exchange Interactions



          "Theory of Superconductivity" - The original BCS paper.

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