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Electronic - Nicola Marzari
1 From particles to waves: the Schrödinger equation Problem set 1 out
2 The mechanics of quantum mechanics: operators, expectation values
3

Measurements and probabilities

The harmonic oscillator

4 The hydrogen atom and the periodic table

Problem set 1 due

Problem set 2 out

5 Periodicity and phonons
6 Electrons in a lattice: Bloch's theorem

Problem set 2 due

Problem set 3 out

7 The nearly-free electron model
8

The tight-binding model

Band structures

Problem set 3 due

Problem set 4 out

9 Semiconductors and insulators
10 Band structure engineering

Problem set 4 due

Problem set 5 out

11 Transport of heat and electricity
12 Inhomogeneous and hot carriers in semiconductors Problem set 5 due
13 Mid-term exam (during class, 1:30 hours) Quiz 1
14 The p-n diode
Optical I - Nicola Marzari
15 Optical materials and refractive index Problem set 6 out
16 Electromagnetism in dielectric media

Problem set 6 due

Problem set 7 out

17 Classic propagation of waves Problem set 8 out
18 Interband absorption Problem set 7 due
Magnetic - David Paul
19 Fundamental of ferromagnetic materials Problem set 9 out
20 Hysteresis loop and driving energies Problem set 8 due
21 Hard materials and permanent magnets

Problem set 9 due

Problem set 10 out

22

Soft materials: thin films and nanoparticles

Spintronics and GMR

23 Spin valves, spin switches, and spin tunneling

Problem set 10 due

Problem set 11 out

Optical II - Nicola Marzari
24 Excitons
25 Luminescence

Problem set 11 due

Problem set 12 out

26 Semiconductor quantum wells
27 Final exam