Graduate Course: Quantum Mechanical Models of Solids

John A. Venables and Malcolm Heggie, with Irene Suarez Martinez

School of Science and Technology, and School of Life Sciences,
University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

This course has been given since 1999, and was given most recently in 2005-06.


Course Outline

This course is self-contained, and the main purposes are to:
  • Establish the language of quantum mechanics as used to discuss models of solids and clusters;
  • Set up and compare both reciprocal space and real space approaches;
  • Encourage an exploration of some of the computational methods, in the context of what a starting graduate student needs to know;
  • Introduce a set of problems or start a mini-project on a specific topic, to be studied and developed by any interested student as part of the term's work overall.

Learning Outcomes

  • A secure knowledge of the terms used in this field, so that lectures, seminars, and conference talks can be understood without difficulty;
  • A facility with the means of performing computer-based calculations, and the ability to present the results in web-based formats;
  • A basis for future work in this field, either in research or using pre-prepared program packages.
Start by consulting the timetable, booklist and references, tools and web-based resources.

If you have questions during this course, please see me in person (Room 3R513) or email me at john@venables.co.uk . I will not be in Sussex all the time. During periods of absence, questions should be addressed to Malcolm Heggie in the first instance. He can be found in room 3R515 or on email at M.I.Heggie@sussex.ac.uk. Ms Irene Suarez Martinez has recently obtained her PhD and now has a post-doctoral position in France.

The main books for the course are:
1: Electronic Structure of Materials by Adrian P. Sutton, a 1993/4 book published by Oxford (ISBN 0-19-851754-8, paperback).
2: Bonding and Structure of Molecules and Solids by David Pettifor, a 1995 book also published by Oxford (ISBN 0-19-851786-6, paperback).
These books are in the bookshop and in the library. We will concentrate on Sutton and consult Pettifor and other books and articles on solids and clusters, as set out in the booklist and references. I would advise you also to have access to a quantum physics or chemistry book with which you are reasonably familiar. We may also want to refer to more detailed books for specific methods or materials, and we will be doing computational work which may overlap with your projects.

Latest version of this document: 3rd June 2007.