Solid State Physics

Solid State Physics is an introductory course, aimed to present the diverse properties (mechanical, electronic, optical and magnetic) of solid materials and how they can be related to interactions at the atomistic level, using theoretical models. Additonally, the course provides a sound foundation for the advanced condensed matter physics.



  • Introduction to solid state physics
  • Structural properties of solids
  • Lattice dynamics
  • Electrons in solids
  • Semiconductor and nanostructures
  • Defects and disorder
  • Magnetism and superconductivity


Reading list

Introductory texbooks


  • H. Ibach and H. Lüch, Solid-State Physics (Springer, 1995)
  • C. Kittel, Introducción a la física del estado sólido (Reverté, 1993)
  • H. P. Myers, Introductory Solid State Physics (Taylor & Francis, 1997)


Advanced textbooks


  • P. W. Anderson, Concepts in Solids (World Scientific, 1997)
  • N. W. Ashcroft and N. D. Mermin, Solid State Physics (Thomson Learning, 1976)
  • J. Callaway, Quantum Theory of the Solid State (Academic Press, 1991)
  • W. A. Harrison, Solid State Theory (Dover, 1970)
  • W. Jones and N. H. March, Theoretical Solid State Physics (Dover, 1973)
  • O. Madelung, Introduction to Solid-State Theory (Springer, 1981)
  • P. Phillips, Advanced Solid State Physics (Westview Press, 2003)
  • J. M. Ziman, Principles of the Theory of Solids (Cambridge, 1979)




  • 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.