TFY4245 - Solid State Physics, Advanced Course


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

Electrodynamics, superconductivity, dielectric and magnetic properties, piezoelectricity, ferroelectricity, dia- and paramagnetism, ferro- and antiferromagnetism, magnetic resonance, reduced dimensionality, structure, phase transitions, critical phenomena, mean field theory, linear response theory, fields and susceptibilities, microscopic dynamics.

Learning outcome

Students should:
- Acquire basic knowledge of various interactions between solid matter and external fields (electromagnetic-, mechancial-, thermal-)
- Understand basic electron dynamics in conducting materials, including electrostatic screening, metal-insulator transitions, electron-electron and electron-phonon coupling.
- Understand exchange between external electric fields and internal response variables in solids, such as phonon-photon coupling and plasma oscillations.
- Acquire knowledge in different experimental approaches to study band structures, phonons and magnons.
- Understand macroscopic electrostatics as an approch to calculate local electric fields and dielectric response functions.
- Gain insight into first and second order phase transitions and critical phenomena in dielectric, conducting and magnetic materials.
- Basic introduction to Landau theory, and coupling of external fields and internal response functions throuhg solid state thermodynamics.
- Understand piezo-, pyro- and ferroelectricity, ferroelectric domains and hysteresis.
- Acquire basic knowledge on (low temperature) superconductivity in type I and type II super conductors, and receive and introduction in different theoretical approaches to super conductivity (Ginzburg-Landau, BCS).
- Understanding of various phenomena related to super conductivity, such as the Meissner effect, flux quantisation, Giæver- and Josephson tunneling.
- Be introduced to diamagnetic and paramagnetic repsonse in solids through a semi-classical approach.
- Understand magnetic phase transitions and magnetic structure properties (ferromagnetism, ferrimagnetism, anti-ferromagnetism), via mean-field and spin-wave formalism.
- Understand phenomena related to magnetic phase transitions, such as domain formation, and hysteresis.
- Gain basic understanding on magnetic resonance (NMR).

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and written problems. The course will be given in English if students on the international master program in Physics are attending the course. When lectures and lecture material are in English, the exam may be given in English only.

Further on evaluation

The re-sit examination (in August) may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

Charles Kittel: Introduction to Solid State Physics, Wiley 2005.

Supporting literature:
Stephen Elliott: The Physics and Chemistry of Solids, Wiley, 1998;
Neil W. Ashcroft and N. David Mermin: Solid State Physics, HRW intl. ed, 1976.
Gert Strobl: Condensed Matter Physics, Springer, 2003.
Giuseppe Grosso and Giuseppe P. Parravicini, Solid State Physics, Academic Press, 2000.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
FY8917 7.5 2017-09-01
SIF4062 7.5


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.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.