FY8104 - Application of Symmetry Groups in Physics


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2016/2017

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours C

Course content

The course is given every other year, next time autumn 2017. Examples of groups. Classes, cosets, factor groups. Irreducible and reducible representations. The character of a representation. Point groups and product groups. Invariant tensors. Symmetry of the Hamiltonian operator and corresponding perturbation terms. Evaluation of matrix elements. Crystal field splitting. Optical spectra. Magnetic space groups. Ginzburg-Landau theory. Symmetry in the energy bands of electrons. Continuous groups and Lie groups.

Learning outcome

The student is expected to learn how to apply symmetry in a systematic way within atomic, molecular, and solid state physics.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and voluntary calculation exercises. When lectures and lecture material are in English, the exam may be given in English only.
The re-sit examination (in August) may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

T. Inui, Y. Tanabe og Y. Onodera: Group Theory and Its Applications in Physics, Springer Verlag 1990.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
DIF4984 7.5
FY3105 7.5 2013-09-01


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 C
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 C
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.