Lectures on Metals and Superconductors
Lecture notes for an informal seminar series on metals and superconductors.
After a brief hiatus, we’re now taking a significant detour, through the quantum mechanics of identical particles. We’ll return to look at superconductivity in much more detail once we’re done with identical particles. This week’s notes are very much in draft form, and cover the content of several lectures: this week’s notes. They’re also in LaTeX, not handwritten!
Handwritten scanned PDF lecture notes, each lecture is typically 10-20 pages long, and between 1 and 2 megabytes, with a few somewhat larger files.
Part I: The Drude Theory of metals
Part II: The Sommerfeld theory of metals
Lecture 5: Ground state properties of a free electron gas
Lecture 6: The Fermi-Dirac distribution
Lecture 7: Energy density and specific heat in a free electron gas
Lecture 8: The Sommerfeld model of metals
Part III: Superconductivity
Lecture 9: Superconductivity: basic facts