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Welcome to the Basics of Solid State Physics on!

These pages serve as my notes on solid state physics.

Just the Basics of Solid State Physics

Understanding of the solid state has transformed our world in many ways. This understanding led to our present day computers, cell phones and a million other products that were unimagineable before: tiny electronic circuits on a wafer of silicon, diode lasers, other solid state lasers, and new materials with properties that just don't occur in nature. These notes are my attempt to organize what I have learned about the subject.


Classical Theory of Metals

Quantum Theory of Metals

Band Theory of Metals

Crystal Structures

Reciprocal Lattice

X-Ray Diffraction

Lattice Vibrations



p-n Junctions


Optical Processes in Solids


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