Syllabus for Condensed Matter Physics

Kondenserade materiens fysik

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 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: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 10, 2014
  • Entry requirements: Quantum physics, Statistical mechanics and Scientific computing I
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

After finishing 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,
  • 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


Lectures, exercises, laboratory exercises and seminars. Project work on a current research topic.


Assignments (2 credits), oral exam (1 credit) and project presentation (2 credits).

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 06, 2014

  • 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