480-4020/01 – Theory of Solids (TPL)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of PhysicsCredits5
Subject guarantorprof. Dr. RNDr. Jiří LuňáčekSubject version guarantorprof. Dr. RNDr. Jiří Luňáček
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2018/2019Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesHGF, FEI, USPIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
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LUN10 prof. Dr. RNDr. Jiří Luňáček
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 3+1

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Explain basic ideas in the solid state physics – free electrons and the band model Collect and interpret fundamental differences between metals and semiconductors Collect and explain basic sort of magnetism in solid state physics Formulate fundamental principles and concepts in the transport phenomena theory in solid state physics

Teaching methods

Project work


This subject supposes knowledge of quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and statistical physics and creates theoretical shell of following lectures: Solid State Physics, Metallic and Non-metallic materials. Theoretical models (used in Solid State Physics) will be showed to understand of material properties that are important for physical engineering (particularly metals and semiconductors).

Compulsory literature:

Wert, Ch.A., Thomson, R.M.: Physics of Solids. McGraw-Hill., N.Y., 1964. Kittel, Ch.: Introductions to Solid State Physics, John Wiley and Sons, first edition, Cambridge 1953, (and next). Cohen, M.L. and Louie, S.G.: Fundamentals of Condensed Matter Physics, Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Recommended literature:

Borg, R.J. – Dienes, G.J.: The Physical Chemistry of Solids, Academic Press, Inc., London 1992 - ISBN 0 12 118420 X

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Solving examples and final test.



Other requirements

Paper from the selected problem.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Free electrons in metals 1.1. Energy levels, electron gas and specific heat 1.2. Ohm law and heat conduction in metals 2. Energy bands 2.1. Nearly-free electrons 2.2. Bloch theorem and Kronig-Penny model 2.3. Metals and isolators 2.4. Description methods 3. Semiconductor crystals 3.1. Frbidden band 3.2. Equations of electron motion 3.3. holes and effective mass 3.4. Basic parameters of band structures 4. Fermi surfaces and metals 4.1. Construction of Fermi surfaces 4.2. Experimental methods 5. Diamagnetism a paramagnetism 5.1. Langevin theory 5.2. Outline of the semi-quantum and quantum theory of paramagnetism 6. Ferromagnetism and antiferromagnetism 6.1. Arrangement 6.2. Ferromagnetism domains

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2018/2019 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 30  10
        Examination Examination 70  20
Mandatory attendence parzicipation: Compulsory attendance at seminars. Maximum 3 absences allowed.

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Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2020/2021 (N0533A110006) Applied Physics TPL P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2019/2020 (N0533A110006) Applied Physics TPL P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2019/2020 (N1701) Physics (1702T001) Applied Physics P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2018/2019 (N1701) Physics (1702T001) Applied Physics P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan

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