Phy 6013 Physics of Non-Crystalline Solids Credit -3

Types of disorder, amorphous and glassy solids: formation of amorphous solids, The 'glass' transition theories, Morphology- the primacy of short range order, Experimental techniques for structure determination; Electronic structure of amorphous solids; Concept of tail states, gap states and mobility gap, electronic density of states and their determination; Optical and electrical properties of amorphous solids; Applications in photovoltaics, optical memories, optical communication xerography etc.

Thin films, Deposition process; Growth of thin films: Kinetics of nucleation, mechanism of growth, etc; Defects in thin films; Electron transport in thin films: size effect, galvanomagnetic effects; Optical properties of thin films: thin film filters, laser mirrors; Optical memory, etc.