Solid State Physics Homework
- Homework #1 (due Monday, Sept. 11), Simon problem 3.1a-d (Hall effect), 4.2 (free electron velocity) and 4.7 (free electron energy, pressure and bulk modulus). Read Quantized conductance of point contacts in a two-dimensional electron gas by van Wees, et al. A nice commentary on this work is in Physics Today. We will discuss this paper in the second class hour on Sept. 11 - come prepared with questions and comments. Write a paragraph (in MSWord or LaTex) describing the experiment and the observation.
- Homework #2 (due Monday, Sept. 18), Ashcroft and Mermin problem 1.2 (Joule heating), Simon problem 19.6a (Curie-Langevin paramagnetism, note "monatomic" should be "monovalent"), and a special problem on Landau levels.
- Homework #3 (due Monday, Sept. 25), Aschroft and Mermin problem 1.3 (Thomson effect) and 1.4 (Helicon waves). Read Liquid crystals. On the theory of liquid crystals by F.C. Frank. Write a paragraph describing the essential ideas (not formulas!) of liquid crystal elasticity.