Syllabus academic year 2007/2008

Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Level: A (Second level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. Optional for: F4, F4nfe, F4tf, N4, N4nf. Course coordinator: Andreas Wacker,, Fysiska inst (MN). Prerequisites: FFF100 Thermodynamics and Electronic Materials/ FYS023 or equivalent course. Recommended prerequisits: FMF030 or FYS241 or similar knowledge. Basic knowledge of electromagnetism and preferably statistical physics. Assessment: Assessment takes the form of an oral or written examination. Home page:

The course shall provide a better understanding of central concepts in solid state physics and their relation to the basic theories of quantum mechanics and electrodynamics. The students shall learn how these concepts can be applied to model physical effects quantitatively. Particular emphasis is given towards topics relevant to ongoing research in solid state physics and nanoscience in Lund.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

Band structure of crystals and semiconductor heterostructures, Electron transport and scattering processes, Magnetism, Density matrix formalism and optical Bloch equations for semiconductor lasers, Dielectric properties, Coulomb interaction and excitons, Superconductivity

H. Ibach and H. Lüth, Solid State Physics (Springer, 2003) or C. Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Phyics (John Wiley & Sons, 1996) as well as additional lecture notes covering more theoretical issues.
A final list will be available at least five weeks before the start of the course.