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FSI3200 Condensed Matter Theory 7.5 credits

This course in condensed matter theory treats central principles and computation methods, and covers some of the most recent research problems in the area. The approach is towards reaching important results by direct and intuitive methods, and avoiding unnecessary mathematical complexity. The course focuses on the quantum mechanical treatment of the solid state and covers many problems of current interest such as superconductivity, mesoscopic physics, and the quantum Hall effect. The course discusses methods for computation and making interesting predictions for some of the many complex phenomena that occur in solids and quantum liquids. The course is aimed at PhD students in physics and related areas. The course is also aiming at scientists working with applications on electrical properties of materials.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Second quantization, the electron gas, boson and fermion systems, electron-phonon interactions, superconductivity, transport theory, mesoscopic physics, quantum Hall effect, Kondo effect and heavy fermions.

Intended learning outcomes

After completed course, the PhD student should be able to:

  • formulate the many particle problem in second quantized version.
  • use theoretical methods for the many body problem to solve problems covered in the course.
  • give an account of the problems in the area that are treated in the course.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Introductory courses in solid state physics (Kittel level), quantum mechanics and statistical physics are required. Quantum mechanics advanced course and statistical physics are recommended.

Recommended prerequisites

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P. L. Taylor and O. Heinonen, A quantum approach to condensed matter physics, Cambridge University Press 2002.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • INL1 - Assignment, 4.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Oral exam, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Homework problems and oral examination.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Mats Wallin

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Physics