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SK2751 Solid State Physics, Extended Course 3.0 credits

The course gives an introduction to some of the most important applications within solid state physics today.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus SK2751 (Spring 2017–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

X-ray diffraction, Rietveld method, band structure calculations, some applications in solid state physics.

Intended learning outcomes

The extended course gives a deeper knowledge within a few areas of solid state physics. Through a few selected examples, the students will become familiar with the principles behind modern methods within the field. The examples are chosen to include both experimental and theoretical aspects and also give connections to important technical areas of applications.

After the course the students should be able to:

  • review the physics determining a complete X-ray diffractogram and be able to use the Rietveld method to carefully extract the lattice parameters of a polycrystalline material
  • review some methods for band structure calculations and their backgound and also by themselves make a simple band structure calculation
  • review some applications and their connection to basic physical phenomena within a few selected areas of solid state physics, like e.g. semiconductor technology, nanotechnology, superconductivity, magnetism, surface physics, optical properties, optical materials, metallography etc.

The choice of areas can vary between years and will to some extent be decided together with the students. Specific course objectives for these parts will be distributed at the lectures

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

IM2601 or SK2750 (participation).

Recommended prerequisites

Basic university physics within thermodynamics, optics, electrical engineering, quantum physics and statistical physics.


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Charles Kittel, Introduction to solid state physics, 8th edition, John Wiley and Sons Inc. (2005), ISBN: 978-0-471-41526-8.

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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


  • ANN1 - Report, 1.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1.5 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

Home assignments (ANN1), 1,5 credits and laborative work (LAB1) 1,5 credits

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

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web SK2751

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics

Main field of study

Engineering Physics

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

Advanced courses in solid state physics


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Supplementary information

Replaces IM2602.