**Prof. Renzo Vallauri**

**1st module**

**A.A. 1998/99**

**PROGRAMME**

1. Introduction to solid state physics

- The chemical bond.

- Crystalline structures.

- Diffraction from periodic structures.

- Lattice dynamics.

- Thermal properties.

2. Electronic band structures.

- Free electron model.

- Near free electron approximation.

- Pseudopotential theory.

- Examples of band structures.

- Density of states.

3. Electronic motion and transport phenomena.

- Effective mass.

- Band electronic diffusion.

- Boltzmann equation.

- Electric conductivity in metals.

4. Superconductivity

- Phenomenological aspects.

- London equations.

- Cooper pairs.

- The BCS ground state.

- A comparison between BCS theory results and experimental data.

- Meissner effect. Superconductors of I and II kind.