Master’s studies

Syllabus for Solid State Physics II

Fasta tillståndets fysik II


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1TG310
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1N, Technology A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2009-03-16
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2014-05-09
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 27, 2014
  • Entry requirements: Solid state physics I.
  • Responsible department: Department of Engineering Sciences

Learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student should:
• Understand the relation between the electron structure of crystalline solids and their dielectric, magnetic and superconducting properties.
• Understand and use some standard models for calculations of polarisation, magnetisation and superconductivity in solids.


Dielectric properties: Sources of polarisation, electric fields inside dielectrics, depolarisation, microscopic theories of polarisation.
Paramagnetism och magnetic ordering: Quantum theory of dia- and paramagnetism, exchange interaction, magnetic order: ferro, ferri- and antiferromagnetism, magnons, anisotropy and domains, soft and hard ferromagnetic materials.
Superconductivity: Phenomenological description, BCS theory, thermodynamics, London equation, thin films, type I and type II superconductors, flux quantisation, electron tunnelling, Josephson effect.


Lectures, lessons and laboratory work.


Written examination at the end of the course (4 credits), laboratory course (1 credit).

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 27, 2014

  • Hofmann, Philip Solid state physics : an introduction

    Weinheim: Wiley-Vch, 2008

    Find in the library