Syllabus for Solid State Theory

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A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1FA556
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2007-11-06
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 01, 2008
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits with Quantum Mechanics and Solid State Physics.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should know and be able to use different theoretical models for electron structures, lattice vibrations and transport in solid materials and be able to evaluate the validity of the models, their applicabilities and limitations.


Space group symmetry. Fermi surfaces. Electrons and phonons in crystals. Metal theory. Beyond the one-electron model. Harmonic and anharmonic effects in crystals. Electric and thermal transport in solid materials.


Lectures and lesson exercises.


In connection with the course, assignments with problems and computational problems are given. The course is completed with an oral examination which together with the assignments determines the grading.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 44, 2013

  • Ashcroft, Neil W.; Mermin, N. David Solid state physics

    Philadelphia: Saunders College, cop. 1976

    Find in the library


  • Marder, Michael P. Condensed matter physics

    New York: Wiley, cop. 2000

    Find in the library