Physical Properties of Materials

Physical Properties of Materials is an advanced course, aimed to better understand the deep relationship between the constituent particles (electrons and ions) and the macroscopic properties of materials.



  • Elastic properties of materials
  • Defects and their relation to the elastic response
  • Many electron problem. Band structure of materials
  • Electron transport. Boltzmann equation
  • Magnetism. Magnetic order. Magnons
  • Superconductivity


Reading list



  • H. Ibach and H. Lüch, Solid-State Physics (Springer, 1995)
  • N. W. Ashcroft and N. D. Mermin, Solid State Physics (Thomson Learning, 1976)
  • C. Kittel, Introducción a la física del estado sólido (Reverté, 1993)
  • A. Hernando y J. M. Rojo, Física de los materiales magnéticos (Síntesis, 1999)
  • E. Kaxiras, Atomic and Electronic Structure of Solids (Cambridge, 2007)
  • R. J. D. Tilley, Defects in Solids (Wiley, 2008)
  • W. A. Harrison, Solid State Theory (Dover, 1970)
  • P. W. Anderson, Concepts in Solids (World Scientific, 1997)
  • P. Phillips, Advanced Solid State Physics (Westview Press, 2003)




  • J. Piqueras and J. M. Rojo, Problemas de introducción a la física del estado sólido. (Alhambra, 1979)
  • H. J. Goldsmid, Problemas de física del estado sólido. (Reverté, 1975)
  • L. Mihály and M. C. Martin, Solid State Physics: Problems and Solutions. (John Wiley & Sons, 1996)
  • F. Han, Problems in Solid State Physics with Solutions (World Scientific, 2012)


Programming and numerical methods



Additional material

Slides used in the lectures, list of problems and further reading are provided to the students through the Virtual Campus of the Complutense University. Click on the image below to reach the Virtual Campus.