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:
Prerequisites:  Quantum mechanics I, Statistical physics helpful but not
                          required