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763343A Solid state physics, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 763343A  Validity 01.12.2015 -
Name Solid state physics  Abbreviation Solid state phy 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
Type Intermediate Studies Discipline3251 Physics 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Field of Physics 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits

Language of instruction 



2nd spring

Learning outcomes 

To learn to explain the basics of solid state physics such as lattice structure, binding interactions, lattice vibrations, band structure and its effect on conductivity, conductivity of semiconductors, the interaction between light and matter, magnetism and superconductivity, and to apply these to different materials.


The rapid development of technology is largely based on understanding the properties of the solid state. There are many interesting phenomena in solid state physics, which are consequences of very large number of particles and their interactions. The course starts with symmetry of crystal lattices and their experimental determination. Different binding forces of solids are discussed. Lattice vibrations and their contribution to specific heat are studied. Especial emphasis is put on electronic structure, and it is used to explain the electric conduction in metals, insulators and semiconductors. Also experimental methods, magnetism and superconductivity are discussed.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 30 h, exercises 16 h, self-study 87 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 

Atomic physics 1 (766326A), Electromagnetism (766319A). An important supporting course is Thermophysics (766328A/766348A).

Recommended optional programme components 

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

Recommended or required reading 

E. Thuneberg: Kiinteä aineen fysiikka (lecture notes), C. Kittel: Introduction to solid state physics.

Assessment methods and criteria 



Numerical grading scale 0 – 5, where 0 = fail

Person responsible 

Matti Alatalo

Working life cooperation 

No work placement period


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Solid state physics  Course  Matti Alatalo  04.01.21 -04.03.21

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