Solid State Physics

By Prof. Amal Kumar Das   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 3274
In universe, matter is observable in everyday life in four states: solid, liquid, gas and plasma.   There are other states of mater known to exist only under extreme situations. Matter, whatever the states, is made of atoms. The states are defined in terms of interatomic distance, atomic arrangement and atomic ionization in matter. In solid state of matter, the arrangement of atoms forms different structure of materials. The structure of materials is the key deciding factor for different kind of properties, such as thermal, electrical, optical, magnetic, dielectric etc. In this course we will learn the structure of solid materials and their different physical properties along with underlying physics. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE : B.Sc in Physics, Chemistry, Electronics ,B.E and B.Tech in Material Science,Metallurgy, Cryogenics, Electronics 
PRE-REQUISITES         : Nil
INDUSTRY SUPPORT   : Solid state physics has the most striking impact on the solid state electronics. The industries of electronics, telecommunication and
  instrumentation will recognize this course.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 29 Jul 2019
End Date : 18 Oct 2019
Exam Date : 17 Nov 2019 IST
Category :
  • Physics
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week 1: Atom to solid structure
Week 2: Crystal symmetry, unit cells and crystal planes
Week 3: Real space and reciprocal space of crystals 
Week 4: X-ray diffraction and determination of  crystal structures
Week 5: Thermal Properties of Solids
Week 6: Free electron theory of solids
Week 7: Band structure of solids
Week 8: Semiconducting property of solids
Week 9:  Superconductivity
Week 10: Diamagnetism and paramagnetism
Week 11: Ferromagnetism and antiferromagnetism
Week 12: Dielectrics and Ferroelectrics

Books and references

1. Elementary Solid State Physics – A short Course by Charles Kittel.
2. Introduction to Solid State Physics by Charles Kittel.
3. Solid State Physics by A. J. Dekker.
4. Elements of X-ray Diffraction By B. D. Cullity

Instructor bio

Prof. Amal Kumar Das
After completion of B.Sc (Hons) from Calcutta University in Physics and M. Sc in Physics with specialization in solid state physics in 1994, I did Ph.D on experimental solid state physics and material science from Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar. After completing post doctoral research on magnetic properties of solids from Paul Drude Institute, Berlin, Germany, I joined as a Faculty in Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT KGP) in 2004 and teaching different subject to UG and PG students including popular courses, namely solid state devices and physics of semiconductor devices. Prior to join IIT KGP, I taught solid state physics for several years to B. Sc students in an undergraduate college (Malda College under North Bengal University), West Bengal

Course certificate

  • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
  • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
  • Date and Time of Exams: 17 November 2019, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
  • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

  • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
  • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
  • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

  • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
  • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur . It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
  • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies are being discontinued from July 2019 semester and will not be dispatched

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