SI2635 Introductory Condensed Matter Theory 7.5 credits

Introduktion till kondenserade materiens teori

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Engineering Physics
  • Grading scale

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

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

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 main content

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.


Statistical physics.

Vektor analys.

Quantum mechanics

Mathematical physics methods.


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

Holgate, Understanding Solid State Physics


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

Written examination.

Requirements for final grade

TEN1 – Theory questions and problem solving,

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

Offered by

SCI/Theoretical Undergaduate Physics


Supplementary information

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


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2011.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2010.