TFY4220 - Solid State Physics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

Atomic structure, crystallography, symmetries, order and disorder. Reciprocal space, Brillouin zones, structure determination by diffraction. Lattice vibrations, the continuum approximation, phonons, heat capacity. Free electron gas, Fermi-Dirac distribution, electrons in periodic solids, nearly-free-electron model, and energy bands. Intrinsic semiconductors, extrinsic semiconductors. Short on magnetism.

Learning outcome

Students should gain basic knowledge of solid state physics. This implies that the student will:
- be able to account for interatomic forces and bonds
- have a basic knowledge of crystal systems and spatial symmetries
- be able to account for how crystalline materials are studied using diffraction, including concepts like form factor, structure factor, and scattering amplitude.
- know the principles of structure determination by diffraction.
- understand the concept of reciprocal space and be able to use it as a tool
- know the significance of Brillouin zones
- know what phonons are, and be able to perform estimates of their dispersive and thermal properties
- be able to calculate thermal and electrical properties in the free-electron model
- know Bloch's theorem and what energy bands are
- know the fundamental principles of semiconductors, including pn-junctions, and be able to estimate the charge carrier mobility and density.
- be able to account for what the Fermi surface is and how it can be measured
- know basic models of magnetism
- be able to outline the importance of solid state physics in the modern society.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, calculation exercises and mandatory laboratory exercises. The course might be given in English if international master students follow the course. If the teaching is given in English, the exam can be given in English only.

Compulsory assignments

  • Laboratory exercises

Further on evaluation

A re-sit examination may be changed from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Charles Kittel: Introduction to solid state physics, 8th ed., Wiley.
Alternative/supplementary literature: Philip Hofmann: Solid State Physics, 2. ed., Wiley

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIF4052 7.5
TFE4215 7.5 2007-09-01


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 C
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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