Lecture Notes

Introduction to quantum and solid state physics

These are the lecture notes for a one semester course in basic quantum and solid state physics intended for second year engineering undergraduates.

I tried to make these notes as accessible and self-contained as possible; yet a background in basic mathematics is required: multi-variable calculus, linear algebra, basic ODE and familiarity with complex numbers. I draw heavily on canonical texts in the field, particularly Cohen Tannoudji’s and Ashcroft and Mermin’s books. When possible, I tried to use wikipedia as a source for figures and bibliographical texts.
The course was supplemented by weekly problem solving sessions and homework assignments – these have been left out of this version but may be incorporated later on.

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