2017-2018 / PHYS0936-2

Introduction to materials physics


30h Th, 20h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in physics5 crédits 


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


Philippe GHOSEZ Institut de Physique B5 (3/11) Tél.: 04/366.36.11 E-mail : Philippe.Ghosez@ulg.ac.be 
Assistant: Alain MERCY Institut de Physique B5 (3/10) Phone : 04/366.37.22 E-mail : alain.mercy@ulg.ac.be