This course of Growth and Characterization of Solids is intended for students enrolling for M. Phill Degree in Physics. Materials Science is an interdisciplinary subject, spanning the physics and chemistry of matter, engineering applications and industrial manufacturing processes. Modern society is heavily dependent on advanced materials: lightweight composites for faster vehicles, optical fibers for telecommunications and silicon microchips for the information revolution. Materials scientists study the relationships between the structure and properties of a material and how it is made. They also develop new materials and devise processes for manufacturing them. Materials Science is vital for developments in nanotechnology, quantum computing and nuclear fusion, as well as medical technologies such as bone replacement materials.

Learning Outcomes 

Enable students to understand

  • The origin of materials
  • Crystal structure and imperfections
  • Growth processes of materials
  • Recoveries in crystal structure
  • Different types of materials and their functionality
  • Different characterization techniques
  • Process of enhancement in functionalities of devices
Readings / Recommended Books
1. Solid State Physics, by Ashcroft and Mermin, (1976).
2. Introduction to Solid State Physics, by C. Kittel, 7th Edition, (1996).
3. Principles of the Theory of Solids, by J. M. Ziman, (1972).
4. Solid State Physics, by Grasso, G. Parravicini, Gp, (AP 2000)
5. The Physics and Chemistry of Solids, by Elliott, SR, Wiley, (1998).
6. The Science and engineering of materials. Alternate Edition. Prindle weber Schmidit
    Boston, Massachusetts 02116. (1985)
7. The Science and engineering of materials; Sixth Edition, Donald R. Askeland, University of Missouri Rolla, Emeritus  
System of Evaluation
              Sessional: 20 marks
              Midterm exam: 30 marks
              Final exam: 50 marks
Key Dates
              Midterm exam will be conducted after eight weeks from the start of course and after sixteen weeks final term exam will be conducted
Time Table of Classes
              The class for this course will be conducted on
              Wednesday and Thursday:  From 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm


Course Material