Syllabus for Solid State Physics I

Fasta tillståndets fysik I


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1TG300
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics G2F, Technology G2F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2009-03-16
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2023-02-03
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2023
  • Entry requirements:

    60 credits within Science/Technology. Attended courses in Quantum Mechanics and Chemical Bonding II and Thermodynamics or Chemical Thermodynamics.

  • Responsible department: Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Learning outcomes

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

  • explain the basic concepts that are used to describe the structure and physical properties of crystalline substances,
  • use physical models to perform calculations of the properties of solids,
  • give an overview of an application related to the physical phenomena treated in the course.


Building blocks of crystals: Bravais lattices, crystal structure, reciprocal lattice, Brillouin zones.

Diffraction: Theory and experimental methods.

Lattice dynamics: Phonons, density of states, specific heat, thermal conductivity.

Electron theory: Free electron model, elementary band theory, metals, semiconductors, electrical conductivity.

Laboratory work: Lattice vibrations and thermal properties, Electronic band structure, semiconductors.


Lectures (including guest lectures), lessons and laboratory work.


Written examination at the end of the course (4 credits). Oral presentation of laboratory work (1 credit).

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: Autumn 2023

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Hofmann, Philip Solid state physics : an introduction

    Weinheim: Wiley-Vch, 2008

    Find in the library


Last modified: 2022-04-26