Syllabus for Condensed Matter Physics

Kondenserade materiens fysik


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1FA526
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics G2F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2014-03-13
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2020-01-21
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2020
  • Entry requirements: Quantum Physics, Statistical Mechanics and Scientific Computing I.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • relate crystal structure and degree of ordering to atom binding and packing,
  • classify condensed matter upon its degree of order, with emphasis on scattering experiments,
  • explain the thermal properties in solids in particular heat capacity,
  • classify condensed matter upon its electrical and transport properties, based on its electronic structure,
  • apply the obtained concepts to challenges in condensed matter physics.


Condensed matter

  1. Structure: crystalline and amorphous materials
  2. Binding: condensed matter classified by inter-atomic forces
Reciprocal space
  1. Scattering: short and long range order
  2. Reciprocal space and the Brillouin zones
  3. Phonons, thermal properties
  1. The free electron Fermi gas
  2. Energy bands
  3. Classification of materials: Metals, semiconductors, insulators


Lectures, exercises, laboratory exercises and seminars. Project work on a current research topic. The course makes use of subject integrated communication training with feedback and self evaluation.


Assignments and laboratory reports (2 credits), oral exam (1 credit) and project presentation and report (2 credits). 
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 30, 2020

  • Ibach, Harald; Lüth, Hans Solid-state physics : an introduction to principles of materials science

    4 ed.: Berlin: Springer, 2009

    Find in the library

  • Kittel, Charles Introduction to solid state physics

    7. ed.: New York: Wiley, cop. 1996

    Find in the library

  • 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