Course detail

Solid State Physics

FSI-WFFAcad. year: 2019/2020

Physical metallurgy from the point of view of atomic theory. Lattice vibration. Thermal properties of solid matter. Electron theory of solid matter. Secondary electron emission. Magnetic properties of matter.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Student will acquire necessary knowledge in the field of physical metallurgy of solid matter so he/she will be able to understand to a large number of materials phenomena. Modern physics knowledge will be useful for comprehension of processes, taking places in technical materials.


The course lies on the knowledge in the field of atomic and quantum physics, chemical thermodynamic and solid matter structure, both crystalline and non-crystalline.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Smallmen,R.E.: Modern physical metallurgy and materials engine, 1999
Smallmen,R.E.: Modern physical metallurgy and materials engine, 1999
Kittel,C: Úvod do fyziky pevných látek, Academia, Praha 1985
Ptáček L. a kol.: Nauka o materiálu I a II, CERM Brno 2001,2002
Dekker, A.J.: Fyzika pevných látek, Academia, Praha,1966
Kratochvíl,P., Lukáč,P., Sprášil,B. Úvod do fyziky kovů, SNTL – Alfa Praha, 1987
Zangvill, A.: Physics at surfaces. 1st pub., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988
Zangvill, A.: Physics at surfaces. 1st pub.Cambridge, 1988,XIII.,ISBN 0-521-34752-1.
Pluhař J. a kol.: Fyzikální metalurgie a mezní stavy materiálů, SNTL/ALFA Praha, 1987

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Teaching is suplemented by practical laboratory work.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Student’s classification depends on his/her activity in exercises and elaboration of reports at sufficient graphical and subject level. During the exam, the student will prove his/her knowledge in a written test, amending it partially in oral part. Final classification encompasses: laboratory seminar classification including the reports, written exam outcome and the oral exam result.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The goal of this course is to elucidate physical basis of phenomena taking places in a materials substructure that are connected with properties of a solid matter. Acquired knowledge will serve as a fundament for assessment of influence of certain manufacturing technology on materials properties. The task also is to provide information about experimental methods used for materials examination.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Student’s attendance at the exercise is mandatory and is checked by the teacher. Absence has to be authorized properly. Missed lessons are to be compensated in the extent that depends on both the content and amount of the lessons.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2A-P Master's

    branch M-MTI , 1. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Physical metallurgy from the point of view of atomic theory:
- lattice vibrations (monoatomic linear model, vibration quantization, two-atomic base vibrations, anharmonic vibrations) – 8 lessons
- thermal properties of solid matter (Debye’s model of the specific heat, thermal expansion, thermal conductivity) – 6 lessons
- electron theory of solid matter (free electron theory, belt theory of solid matter, electrical conductivity of metals, electron distribution in semiconductors and non-conductors, semiconductors, P-N junction) – 6 lessons
- secondary electron emission – 2 lessons
- magnetic properties of matter – 4 lessons

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Sound propagation in matters 1. to 3. exercise
Thermal expansion, dilatometry 7. to 8. exercise
Potentiometry 9. to 10 exercise
Methods for measurement of magnetic properties of matters 11. to 13. exercise