Study Programmes 2017-2018
WARNING : 2016-2017 version of the course specifications
Introduction to materials physics
Duration :
30h Th, 20h Pr
Number of credits :
Bachelor in physics5
Lecturer :
Philippe Ghosez
Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the second semester
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Learning unit contents :
Starting from the basic concepts of electronic and phonon band structures, the course will describe the properties of the main classes of materials (metals, semiconductors, insulators). The emphasis will be placed on the description of some specific properties (specific heat, transport, ferroelectricity, phase transition) and their use in some paractical applications : electronic devices (diodes, transistors), data storage, magnets, sensors, actuators, ...
Learning outcomes of the learning unit :
The goal of this course is to initiate the students to the microscopic aspects of the physics of materials and to give them the basic knowledge allowing them to understand the mechanisms exploited in various modern devices.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
Basic concepts in cristallography, quantum mechanics and statistical physics (cfr. "prérequis" et "co-requis" as defined in the official program).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Informations concerning the labs will be provided in the beginning of the semester.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
The oral course will content 15 modules of 2 hours and will be completed by exercises (10x 2 hours).
Recommended or required readings :
Notes will be distributed to the students.
Assessment methods and criteria :
The exam concerns both the theory and exercices. It will be a writing exam, including an oral part.
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
Contacts :
Philippe GHOSEZ Institut de Physique B5 (3/11) Tél.: 04/366.36.11 E-mail : 
Assistant: Alain MERCY Institut de Physique B5 (3/10) Phone : 04/366.37.22 E-mail :