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, forces, bonds, crystallography, symmetries, order and disorder. Fourier theory. Direct and 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 and extrinsic semiconductors. Shortly on the nanoscale. Shortly on magnetism. The syllabus will be illuminated with examples from materials research and nanotechnology.

Learning outcome

The course aims through a theoretical and experimental approach to give fundamental insights into solid state physics.

Knowledge. The candidate should know about:
- Characteristic physical properties of different categories of solid materials, with an emphasis on the crystalline state.
- A wide spectrum of theoretical approaches to model the mechanical, thermal and electrical properties of solid materials.

Skills. The candidate should be able to:
- do quantitative calculations based on established theoretical models to describe the properties of materials.
Use Fourier methods, including reciprocal space, as an analytical tool and source to knowhow.
- perform and analyze basic diffraction experiments to gain information about atomic scale structures.
- analyze solid-state problems using mathematical and numerical methods, including ICT.

General competence. The candidate should be able to:
- account for the significance of Å redegjøre for betydningen av faste stoffers fysikk for teknologi og samfunn

- account for the links between solid state physics and other fundamental branches of physics.

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. Expected work load in the course is 225 hours.

Compulsory assignments

  • Laboratory exercises

Further on evaluation

A re-sit examination may be changed from written to oral. If the teaching is given in English, the exam can be given in English only.

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 01.09.2007
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 3
No.of specialization hours: 5

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Physics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Physics



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.

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