The goal of the lecture is to provide students with the background

knowledge, which is necessary to be able to follow the recent advances

in solid state physics. It starts with a brief introduction to the

mathematical methods for periodic structures and then turns

to the study of the physical properties of lattice and electronic

degrees of freedom. A detailed discussion of kinetic properties of

solids follows, where special attention is paid to the electrical

conductivity of metals and semiconductors. Theory of superconductivity,

along with its most important applications follows the survey of

magnetic and optical properties of solids. The course will be concluded

with an excursion into the very active field of low-dimensional

materials, where the physical properties of such promising novel

materials as carbon nanotubes and graphene are going to be discussed in

detail.

Tentative program:

- Periodic structure of solids
- Static and dynamic properties of the lattice
- Electronic degrees of freedom
- Electron transport properties of metals and semiconductors
- Magnetic properties of solids
- Superconductivity
- Low dimensional materials

required