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General information


Lecture: Prof. Dr. Thomas Lorenz(tl -at- ph2.uni-koeln.de), Tel.: (470)-3593

Time The course will start on Wednesday October 10th, 2018 and end on February, 01st 2019.

Lecture (3h) 

The lecture takes place in SR II. PI on Wednesdays from 10.00–11.30 and Fridays from 10.00–11.30.

Lecture notes

will be available via the ILIAS platform:

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Students from Bonn University have access to ILIAS via ecampus (sign in with your ecampus account and click "Call ECS Course").


Comprehensive introduction to the basic principles and experimental methods of condensed matter physics. Examples of current research will be discussed.

The entire course (I & II, given in 2 semesters) covers the following topics: crystal structure and binding, reciprocal lattice and diffraction, lattice dynamics, electronic structure and Fermi surface, semiconductors and metals, transport, magnetism, superconductivity, optical properties, and correlated electrons.

Addresses: master students

Exercises (1h)
during the lecture time either on Wednesday or on Friday.


N. W. Ashcroft, N. D. Mermin: Solid State Physics

C. Kittel: Introduction to Solid State Physics

R. Gross, A. Marx: Festkörperphysik

J. Sólyom: Fundamentals of the Physics of Solids

H. Ibach, H. Lüth: Solid State Physics