Details of PH4103 (Autumn 2016)

Level: 4 Type: Laboratory Credits: 3.0

Course CodeCourse NameInstructor(s)
PH4103 Condensed Matter Laboratory Bhavtosh Bansal,
Kamaraju Natarajan

This course aims to experimentally study some of the fundamental concepts in condensed matter physics like free electron theory of metals, semiconductor transport, crystal structure determination, magnetism, superconductivity and electron spin resonance. The students are expected to study lab manuals in advance and perform the experiments on their own with minimal help from instructors. A detailed lab report in the format of any scientific journal is required that should contain details of the underlying theory, experimental procedure, data analysis, conclusions and references. Students will be evaluated through a grand VIVA at the end of the course based on their knowledge of the underlying theory behind each experiments. In the final exam they will be asked to perform any one experiment chosen randomly by the instructor.

Detailed list of experiments: Determination of Band gap of semiconductor, Study of Magnetoresistance in a semiconductor, Study of Hall effect in semiconductor, Verification of Wiedemann Franz law in metals, Study of thermo-electric effect, Study of ferroelectric transition, Study of Hysteresis loop in ferromagnets, Determination of Susceptibility in paramagnetic fluids Quinkes method,Electron spin resonance and determination of g-factor, X-ray diffraction to study crystal structure, Low temp setup to study superconductivity.

References: Manuals prepared by IISER Kolkata Faculty & Textbooks on Condensed Matter Physics.

Course Credit Options

Sl. No.ProgrammeSemester NoCourse Choice
1 IP 1 Not Allowed
2 IP 3 Core
3 IP 5 Not Allowed
4 MR 1 Not Allowed
5 MR 3 Elective
6 MS 7 Core
7 RS 1 Elective
8 RS 2 Elective