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Cornell University    
  Nov 23, 2017
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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AEP 5500 - Applied Solid State: Physics of Renewable Energy

Spring. 3 credits. Letter grades only.

Prerequisite: Quantum Mechanics (level of Griffiths) and Solid State Physics (level of Kittel).


This course focuses on understanding the role of chemistry and crystal structure in determining dielectric, electronic and magnetic properties of complex oxides. Tentatively, topics include: Crystal structure & applied group theory; Transition metal ions in crystals; Laymen’s guide to 2nd quantization; Models of the electronic structure & Mott insulators; magnetic exchange interactions & Goodenough-Kanamori-Anderson rules; Cooperative Jahn-Teller.  Roughly the first 3/4’s of the semester will be traditional lectures, while the last 1/4 will be student-lead lectures on recent literature. The goal of the former is to prepare students for the latter. The class presentation and written reports are the main grades, which will enable students from diverse backgrounds to do well in the course.

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