Course syllabus

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Solid State Theory

FFF051, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2016/17
Decided by: Education Board B
Date of Decision: 2016-03-29

General Information

Main field: Nanoscience.
Elective for: F4, F4-tf, F4-nf, N4-nf
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


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.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
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

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Assessment takes the form of an oral or written examination.


Required prior knowledge: FFFF05 Solid State Physics or FFFF01 Electronic Materials, FMFN01 Quantum Mechanics, Advanced Course or similar knowledge. Basic knowledge of electromagnetism and preferably statistical physics.
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Andreas Wacker,
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