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FFY012 - Solid state physics
Syllabus adopted 2013-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKTFY
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Chemical Engineering with Engineering Physics, Engineering Physics
Department: 16 - PHYSICS

Teaching language: Swedish
Block schedule: C

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0113 Laboratory 1,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c    
0213 Examination 6,0 c Grading: TH   6,0 c   17 Mar 2016 pm M,  08 Apr 2016 pm SB,  18 Aug 2016 pm SB

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Univ lektor  Mats Granath
Forskare  Maths Karlsson


FFY011   Solid state physics

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In order to be eligible for a first cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme(s) that has the course included in the study programme.

Course specific prerequisites

Course in quantum physics


Solid state physics is an obvious part in the education in physics. The course is required for many later courses in the field.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

To provide knowledge of the physical properties of matter, primarily crystalline elements, alloys and compounds.


The aim is to give an overview of the physical properties of solids, experimental methods applied, and how the properties are described based on microscopic models. Initially crystal structures are described and how these can be determined from the diffraction of incident radiation (light, electrons, neutrons, atoms) or via direct imaging. This is followed by a description of defects and their importance for different properties. The reciprocal lattice, introduced in the description of diffraction, is an important concept for the understanding of most properties of crystalline solids. A following section descibes vibrational waves and properties related to these. A major part of the course is dedicated to the study of electronic properties starting with what can be learnt from the free-electron model (electric conductivity, optical reflectivity, plasma oscillations, Landau-levels, Hall-voltage) and continuing with a description of an electron in a periodic potential (energy gaps, motion in applied fields, optical transitions, effective mass, holes) with application to doped semiconductors. The course ends with an overview of magnetic properties ( paramagnetism of salts and ofthe electron gas, ferromagnetism, spin-waves, domains, small particles, magneto-resistance), of the properties of low- dimensional systems (surfaces, ultra- thin films and wires) and of superconductivity.


lectures 42 h, class room exercises 21 h, 4 laboratory exercises


C Kittel: "Introduction to Solid State Physics", 8ed, John Wiley and Sons, 2005


The course ends with a written exam comprising numerical and descriptve problems. Duirng the course there is a non-compulsory written test.

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