Course syllabus

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Solid State Physics

FFFF05, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

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

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: F3
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The course uses concepts from statistical physics, electromagnetic field theory, quantum mechanics and atomic physics. The origin of the electronic structure of solids is discussed based on theories developed in previous courses. Emphasis is on the bandstructure and electrical properies of semiconductors, which naturally leads to the introduction of the pn junction. Transistors are briefly discussed. The course syllabus also includes an overview of optical and magnetical properties of solids. Concepts treated in the course are relevant for instance in the rapidly developing fields of optoelectronics and semiconductor components, as well as being a basis for fundamental research and developement in the field.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must


Crystalline materials. Classical vs. quantum mechanical description of electrons in metals. Electronic structure: the free-electron model and bandstructure. Electrical properties of metals, semiconductors and isolators. Optoelectronic and electronic components: the pn junction, light-emitting diodes and an introduction to field effect transistors. Brief discussion of the optical properties of solids.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written examination and completed laboratory work.

Code: 0110. Name: Solid State Physics.
Credits: 6,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination.
Code: 0210. Name: Laboratory Exercises.
Credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Presentation, in writing and orally, of laboratory exercises and the results. Contents: Laboratory exercises.


Required prior knowledge: FAFF10 Atomic and Nuclear Physics with Applications and FMFF05 Thermodynamics with Applications
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FFF100, FFFF01

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Carina Fasth,
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