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SI2635 Introductory Condensed Matter Theory 7.5 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SI2635 (Spring 2011–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Condensed matter theory: Crystal structure. Wave diffraction. Bragg law. Laue equations. Crystal binding. Elasticity. Reciprocal lattice. Brillouin zone. Crystal vibration. Quantization of elastic waves. Thermal properties. Debye model. Free electron gas. Energy bands. Bloch theorem. Kronig-Penney model. Fermi surfaces and metals. Calculation of energy bands. Magnetism. Noncrytalline solids. Nanostructures.

Intended learning outcomes

After completed course you will be able:

  • Use and apply the concept of direct and reciprocal lattice
  • Calculate various properties of wave diffraction
  • Characterize solids by the nature of binding
  • Calculate properties of thermally excited lattice, phonons, apply Debye model
  • Understand and apply the concept of free electron Fermi gas
  • Solve wave equation for simple periodic potentials
  • Estimate energy gaps for simple models
  • Estimate diamagnetic and paramagnetic susceptibilities
  • Explain the structure of noncrystalline solids
  • Understand the physics of first order transitions 

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Statistical physics.

Vektor analys.

Quantum mechanics

Mathematical physics methods.

Recommended prerequisites

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Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics, 8th edition.

Holgate, Understanding Solid State Physics

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TEN1 - Written Examination, 7.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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.

Written examination.

Other requirements for final grade

TEN1 – Theory questions and problem solving,

7,5 hp, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

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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Course web SI2635

Offered by

Main field of study

Engineering Physics

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

If less than 12 students sign up it will be offered as a reading course.