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PX432 Functional Properties of Solids

Lecturers: Marin Alexe and Don Paul

Weighting: 15 CATS

Aims: The module will build from the third year module PX385 'Condensed Mattter Physics' and address both theoretical concepts and practical techniques used in experimental condensed matter research. Topics covered will include the electrical, structural and magnetic properties of solids.

Objectives: At the end of the module you should have a firm understanding of electrical, structural and magnetic properties of solids, appreciate a range of research topics in materials physics, understand and be able to select appropriate experimental techniques to measure functional properties of materials and be prepared for postgraduate research in the areas studied.


The lecture course starts on Tuesday 6th January 2015, with three lectures per week:

  • Tuesdays at 12:00, in R0.03/4.
  • Wednesdays at 10:00, in R0.14.
  • Fridays at 11:00, in S0.18.


Please note that the exam will consist of two sections each comprising two questions. You have o address one question of each section.


Syllabus Part 1 (M. Alexe)

The syllabus for this series of lectures is as follows:

  1. Semiconductors in non-equilibrium - Photoelectric effects
  2. Metal-Semiconductor contacts
  3. Transport and charge injection in insulators
  4. Piezoresitive materials and force sensors
  5. Piezoelectric and pyroelectric materials and applications (2 lectures)
  6. Ferroelectric materials and multiferroics (2 lectures)
  7. Materials for non-volatile memories

Lecture notes and handouts can be downloaded here.

Syllabus Part 2 (D. Paul)

The neutron scattering lecture can be downloaded here.

The notes from the lecture by Adrian Hillier from the ISIS Muon Group: part 1 part 2

Superconductivity notes are here