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Atomic and Solid-State Physics

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Atomic and Solid-State Physics
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2020
Module code: MST2.ATO
The exam administration creates a SAP-Submodule-No for every exam type in every module. The SAP-Submodule-No is equal for the same module in different study programs.
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
3V+1P (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: 4
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
Written exam 120 min.

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

MST2.ATO (P231-0025) Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019 , semester 4, mandatory course
MST2.ATO (P231-0025) Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2020 , semester 4, mandatory course

Suitable for exchange students (learning agreement)
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
60 class hours (= 45 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 150 hours (equivalent to 5 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 105 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
MST2.PH1 Physics 1
MST2.PH2 Physics 2
MST2.PH3 Physics 3

[updated 12.04.2021]
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. John Heppe
Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. John Heppe

[updated 01.10.2020]
Learning outcomes:
The objective of this course is to teach students about atomic models and quantum mechanics. Based on this, students will be introduced to the structure of solids and their physical properties. With the help of a practical experiment on X-ray diffraction and the demonstration of typical thin-film technology systems and devices, students will experience and learn about the practical relevance of solid state physics.

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Module content:
1. Basic concepts
- Atomic structure and the Bohr model of the atom
- Wave-particle duality
- Concepts of quantum mechanics, uncertainty principle, wave functions, Schrödinger equation   
2. Structure of a crystalline solid
- Chemical bonding in solids
- Crystals and lattice structures
- Tests with X-rays (laboratory test)
- Lattice disorder and phonons
3. Electrical, magnetic and thermal properties of solids
- Solid carriers
- The band theory of solid bodies
- Electrical conduction in metals and semiconductors
- Dia-, para- and ferromagnetism
- Magnetic resonance imaging
- Low temperatures, superconductivity
4. Applied solid state physics
- Research work on: Highly sensitive nanoscale thin films for pressure and force sensors

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Teaching methods/Media:
Lecture, exercises, practical experiment X-ray diffraction

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Recommended or required reading:
P. Wellmann, Materialien der Elektronik und Energietechnik, Springer (e-book)                      
E. Ivers-Tiffee, W.v. Mönch, Werkstoffe der Elektrotechnik, Teubner, (e-book)                      
R. Huebener, Leiter-Halbleiter-Supraleiter, Springer, (e-book)                      
R. Tilley, Understanding Solids, Wiley
C. Kittel, Einführung in die Festkörperphysik; Verlag Oldenbourg

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