Syllabus for Solid State Theory

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Syllabus

  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1FA556
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2020-02-10
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2020
  • 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 be able to:

  • perform theoretical studies, analyses and calculations with applications in condensed matter.
  • evaluate theoretical models relevant for condensed matter physics and its use in different contexts.
  • account for properties that distinguish metals from insulators.
  • describe the difference between one-electron and many body models.

Content


Specialisation in condensed matter physics based on semiclassical and quantum mechanical formulations. Crystal lattice and reciprocal space. Electron structure in a periodic potential. Fermi surface. Electrons and phonons in crystals. Beyond one-electron models. Harmonic and anharmonic phonon descriptions. Electric and thermal transport of solids. Superconductivity.

Instruction

Lectures and lesson exercises.

Assessment


Written hand-in assignments with problems and computational exercises. Active participation in seminars.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 03, 2020

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

    Philadelphia: Saunders College, cop. 1976

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Marder, Michael P. Condensed matter physics

    New York: Wiley, cop. 2000

    Find in the library