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763628S Condensed matter physics, 10 ECTS cr 
Code 763628S  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Condensed matter physics  Abbreviation Condensed matte 
Scope10 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline3253 Theoretical Physics 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Field of Physics 

ECTS Credits 

10 ECTS credits

Language of instruction 



3th -5th year

Learning outcomes 

To learn to apply quantum mechanics and statistical physics to solid state, in particular to crystal structure and scattering from it, electronic structure and transport properties in noninteracting electron model, interacting electron gas and lattice vibrations.


Modern technology is largely based on the understanding of condensed matter. Condensed matter has many interesting physical properties that are consequences of large number of particles and their interactions. The course starts with crystal structure of solids and its studies by scattering experiments. Surfaces and more complicated structures are discussed briefly. The electronic structure is first studied using free electron picture. The effect of crystal lattice is studied as small perturbation as well as starting from localized atomic states. The Coulomb interaction between electrons is studied using Hartree-Fock equations. Lattice vibrations are studied using simple models and the lattice specific heat is calculated. Electron dynamics is studied using semiclassical equations. Electrical and thermal conduction is solved using Boltzmann equation.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 50 h, 12 exercise sessions (24 h), self-study 193 h

Target group 

Primarily for the students of the degree programme in physics. Also for the other students of the University of Oulu.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

763333A Solid state physics, 763312A Quantum mechanics I, 766328A Thermophysics.

Recommended optional programme components 

No alternative course units or course units that should be completed simultaneously.

Recommended or required reading 

Michael P. Marder: Condensed Matter Physics. N.W. Ashcroft & N.D. Mermin: Solid state Physics.

Assessment methods and criteria 

One written examination.

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


Numerical grading scale 0 – 5, where 0 = fail

Person responsible 

Matti Alatalo

Working life cooperation 

No work placement period.


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