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Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Thu 18.1.2018
14:15 - 16:00
Thu 25.1.2018
14:15 - 16:00
Thu 1.2.2018
14:15 - 16:00
Thu 8.2.2018
14:15 - 16:00
Thu 15.2.2018
14:15 - 16:00
Thu 22.2.2018
14:15 - 16:00
Thu 1.3.2018
14:15 - 16:00
Thu 15.3.2018
14:15 - 16:00
Thu 22.3.2018
14:15 - 16:00
Thu 5.4.2018
14:15 - 16:00
Thu 12.4.2018
14:15 - 16:00
Thu 19.4.2018
14:15 - 16:00
Thu 26.4.2018
14:15 - 16:00
Thu 3.5.2018
14:15 - 16:00


Master's Programme in Materials Research is responsible for the course.

Module where the course belongs to:

  • MATR300 Advanced Studies in Materials Research
    Optional for:
    1. Study Track in Experimental Materials Physics
    2. Study Track in Computational Materials Physics
    3. Study Track in Inorganic Materials Chemistry

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.

Bachelor's degree in Physics: As prerequisites, preferably Materials Physics I & Quantum Mechanics I

Solid state physics II is recommended to be taken in addition to this course.

Other courses that support the further development of the competence provided by this
course: Solid State Chemistry

  • List the different atomic bonding mechanisms and describe how they affect the properties of materials
  • recognize and describe the different crystal structures and understand basic crystallography
  • apply diffraction methods to determine basic crystallographic quantities
  • Apply the concept of reciprocal lattice to crystallography as well as describing phonon and electron states in crystals
  • Describe what phonons are and be able to predict dispersion relations for one-dimensional lattices
  • Explain the ways how solids store energy in the form of heat, heat capacity and the different thermal properties related to phonons
  • Apply the free electron model to predict metal's optical and basic transport properties
  • Explain, using weak periodic potentials and the introduction of Bloch functions, how energy bands are formed
  • Predict from band structures materials' electric conductance properties
  • Calculate some physical parameters of semiconducting materials and explain the basic physical principles behind a pn-junction.
  • Explain the physical principles for different types of electric and magnetic phenomena in solid materials (like e.g. paraelectricity, dielectricity, ferroelectricity, superconductivity, paramagnetism, diamagnetism, ferromagnetism, antiferromagnetism etc) and in relevant cases relate this to macroscopically measured physical quantities
  • Understand the basics of superconductivity and related phenomena
  • Apply the electron gas theory to explain phenomena in low-dimensional electron systems

The recommended time for completion: any time.

The course is offered in periods III and IV every year.

The hiearchical structure and symmetry of solid state, electronic structure, and their influence on the properties of materials.

Phonons. Electron band structure (free electron model, nearly free electron model, tight binding). Fundamental physics of semiconductors.

Magnetism and dielectrics.

Superconductors, low dimensional systems.

Lecture notes.

Set reading:

  • Hook & Hall, Solid State Physics 2nd edition, Wiley 1995
  • C. Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics, 8th Edition, Wiley
  • N. Aschroft & D. Mermin, Solid State Physics

Supplementary reading:

For deeper reading:

  • G. Grosso & G. Pastori Parravicini: Solid State Physics
  • Marvin L. Cohen and Steven G. Louie: Fundamentals of Condensed Matter Physics

Teacher's methods: Lectures. Lecture slides will be available electronically. Lectures may be videorecorded for later view by students.

Student's activities: Homework problems, can be done in a group meeting once per week.

In Contact teaching: ½ of grade will be determined by exercises, ½ by mid-term and end-term exams
In remote learning: 100% of grade determined by a final exam.

Grading: < 45 % fail

45-55 % grade 1/5

55-65 % grade 2/5

65-75 % grade 3/5

75-85 % grade 4/5

> 85 % grade 5/5

Normally: contact teaching.

Can be taken as distance learning course: in that case 100% points from final exam.