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SK2904 Quantum Materials 7.5 credits

This course addresses future quantum materials, where control of the electron spin opens possibilities fora new technological era, the "quantum age". Their unique material properties \\ill be described together v.rith a physical description of how such properties occur, and also how these materials have the potential to generate newtechnological devices and applications fora sustainable society. Furthermore, the course \Vill describe the mast important experimental characterization methods used to understand these complex materials dmvn toa subatomic level.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SK2904 (Autumn 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

This course deals with a series of important quantum materials in the future. Their unique features will be described, a physical description of how these properties occur, and how and why these materials have the potential to open up new technological opportunities in the future. Furthermore, the course will treat the most important and most powerful experimental characterization methods used to understand these complex materials down to a subatomic level. Special attention is paid to methods used in large-scale research facilities such as MAX IV and ESS.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the characteristics of different quantum materials and explain the physical background to these unique characteristics.
  • Explain how these materials can be used in future technical applications. 
  • analyze how new quantum materials can affect development towards a sustainable society. Assess which experimental methods are best suited to characterize the properties of quantum materials.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

At least 120 credits in engineering and natural sciences and knowledge of English B or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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Research articles and material from the department. Detailed information about additional literature is announced in the course PM.

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


  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Poject work, 5.5 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.

The examiner, in consultation with the KTH Disability Coordinator (Funka), decides on any adapted examination for students with documented permanent impairment. The examiner may grant another examination form for reexamination of single students.

Other requirements for final grade

Approved project work (PRO1) and approved laboratory (LAB1). The grade on PRO1 determines the grade on the course.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination



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

Engineering Physics

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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