Syllabus for Modern Physics

Modern fysik


  • 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:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2019
  • 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.English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6").
  • Responsible department: Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student 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).

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.

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 30, 2019

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