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Solid State Physics

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

The course gives an introduction to solid state physics.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the student should:
  • Understand and be able to apply fundamental crystallographic descriptors of solid state.
  • Have a good understand of the band-concept and how this is used in the description and characterization of solid state (including metals and semiconductors).
  • Be able to use the quantization-concept to describe transport properties and interactions of quasi-particles.
  • Have obtained insight into dielectric and magnetic systems, and fundamental interactions within these.


Structure and crystallography: Bravais-lattice, unit cells, crystal systems, point groups and space groups. Defects.
Band-theory: Quantum mechanical foundation, Kronig-Penney model, density of states, calculations.
Quasiparticles: excitones, metals and Fermi-gas, semi-conductors, quantum confinement, quasi particles in magnetic fields.
Quantized waves: phonons, coherent states, energy density
Interaction of quasi particles: phonons, photons and/or electrons; thermal and electrical conduction.
Complex susceptibility: dielectric systems, Krames-Kronig relations, polaritones, optics.
Spin and magnetic system: magnetic structures, Ising model, critical fluctuations, domains, spin-waves, spin-spin interactions.
Note that the exam language will be the same as the teaching language.

Required prerequisite knowledge

FYS330 Micro Physics

Recommended previous knowledge

FYS300 Electromagnetism and Special Relativity


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam1/14 hoursA - F
Approved approved, basic calculator and Rottmann Compilation of mathematical formulae is allowed during the exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Eva Rauls
Head of Department
Bjørn Henrik Auestad

Method of work

6 hours lectures/exercises per week.
Teaching language: English.

Open to

Master level in mathematics and physics. 

Students enrolled in the 5-year integrated teacher's programme (Lektorutdannigen). 

Course assessment

Use evaluation forms and/or conversation for students' evaluation of the course and teaching, according to current faculty guidelines


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 14.07.2020