Syllabus for Modern Physics

Modern fysik

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1TE078
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics G1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2011-03-07
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2016-12-08
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 26, 2017
  • Entry requirements: 40 credits within Science and Technology including Linear Algebra and Geometry, Thermodynamics, basic course in Mechanics as well as Mechanics II/Electrical Power Transmission Systems
  • Responsible department: Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Learning outcomes

After a successful completion of the course students should be able to:

  • classify and identify simpler cubic crystal structures,
  • explain thermal, magnetic and electrical properties of solid materials based on models of electronic structure and phonons,
  • explain the inner structure of matter based on conservation laws in terms of matter's smallest constituents and their interactions,
  • perform calculations of nuclear reactions and particle decomposition and explain how they occur spontaneously in nature or artificially by man as well as explain how they can be detected,
  • search for and report, on a basic level, on relevant for the course scientific publications,
  • Perform simpler experiments in semiconductor and nuclear physics.


Solid State Physics:
Crystal structure: cubic structures and their lattice. Quantum Statistics. Phonons: lattice dynamics and thermal properties. Electrons: free electron models, energy bands, thermal, magnetic and electrical properties.

Nuclear and Particle Physics:
Structure: early universe, nuclei, baryons, mesons, antimatter. Interactions: the electro-weak interaction and bosons, the strong interaction and gluons. Reactions: relativistic kinematics, nuclear reactions, cross-section, radioactivity.


Lectures, lessons and laboratory supervision.


Written exam (4 credits). Oral and written presentation of laboratory work (1 credit).

Other directives

The course cannot be included in a degree together with 1TE045 - Quantum Physics Continuing Course, or 1TE701 - Quantum Physics II.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 26, 2017

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Tipler, P.A.; Llewellyn, R.A. Modern Physics

    5th ed.: W.H. Freeman,

    Find in the library


  • Nordling, Carl; Österman, Jonny Physics handbook for science and engineering

    8., [rev.] ed.: Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2006

    Find in the library