PHYS / AP 295a Introduction to Quantum Theory of Solids





Course Description: This is an introductory graduate level course in solid-state physics. Lattices and symmetries. Phonons. Electronic Structure of Crystals. Metals, semiconductors, and insulators will be covered. Electrical, optical, and thermal properties of solids will be treated based on an atomic scale picture and using the independent electron approximation. Additional topics from the theory of interacting electrons, including introduction to magnetism and superconductivity, and an introduction to topological insulators.

Meeting Time: Monday 09:00 AM - 10:15 AM; Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:15 AM



Course Staff:

Prineha Narang (

David Bell (

Teaching Fellow:  Maria Tikhanovskaya (

Course Notes:

  •  All course content delivery, discussions, and office hours will be remote for Fall 2020.
  •  We will meet at the lecture times listed (MW 9-10:15am) via Zoom.
  • Times for sections and seminal paper discussions led by Prof. Narang and Bell will be based on student polls during the shopping week. We will accommodate students in different time-zones based on these critical polls, so please respond.
  •  Some (not all) lecture content will be recorded and made available to make class time more interactive and to better accommodate time zone differences. Recorded lecture content is intended to supplement in-class work and is not a replacement for in-class content.
  •  We will hold expanded office hours and discussion sessions this Fall.
  •  PHYS/AP 295A will use a dedicated Slack to facilitate discussions between students. Working in groups and collaboration is highly encouraged.



Detailed Syllabus Attached.


Syllabus_295a_2020_Narang.pdf99 KB
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