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Statistical Physics and Solid State Physics

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

In the first part, the subject gives an introduction to statistical physics with application to solid state. In the second part, basic concepts of solid state physics are discussed.

Learning outcome

After having completed this course the student should be able to - Understand and apply the relations between micro- and macro-states for thermodynamic systems. - Describe crystal structures based on geometry and symmetry considerations. - Account for standard models for lattice vibrations, free electron gass and energy bands. - Understand the concept of the reciprocal lattice, band structures and thereby the interaction between structure and function in solids.


First and second law of thermodynamics. Simple thermodynamic systems. Perfect classical gas. The crystalline phase, symmetry descriptions (Bravais lattices, point groups and space groups) and defect structures. Lattice dynamics. Specific heat capacity of solids. Phase-equilibrium. Perfect quantum gas, theory of radiation. Theory of metals: Free electron gas. Fermi-Dirac statistics, energyband, reciprocal lattice and Brillouin-zones. Bose-Einstein statistics. Periodic structures.

Required prerequisite knowledge

FYS200 Thermo- and Fluid Dynamics, STA100 Probability and Statistics 1

Recommended previous knowledge

FYS100 Physics, FYS200 Thermo- and Fluid Dynamics, MAT100 Mathematical Methods 1, MAT200 Mathematical Methods 2, MAT210 Real and Complex Calculus, MAT300 Vector Analysis, STA100 Probability and Statistics 1


Oral exam and presentation
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Oral exam2/330 minutesA - F
Presentation1/330 minutesA - F

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Ipsita Mandal
Head of Department
Bjørn Henrik Auestad

Method of work

6 hours lectures/ exercises per week. One student presentation during the teaching period. The course will alternatively be given as self-study. Language: Norwegian or English. Literature mostly in english.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Statistical Physics (BIT350_1) 5
Solid state- and statistical physics (BIT400_1) 10

Open to

Bachelor studies at the Faculty of Science and Technology. Master studies at the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Course assessment

Form and/or discussion


F. Mandl: Statistical Physcis 2. ed., Wiley 1993, ISBN 0 471 91533 5. Written notes in solid state physics.
Charles Kittel Introduction to Solid State Physics, ISBN 13: 9780471415268.

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 13.11.2019