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Course content

Functional materials and their properties. Superconductors, diamagnetism and paramagnetism, ferromagnetism and anti-ferromagnetism, magnetic resonance, dielectricity and ferroelectricity and nanostructures.

Learning outcome

The subject treats functional materials from an experimental viewpoint, solid state theory and properties. This includes the physics forming the basis for the measured properties, as well as the functions and uses of different functional materials. The subject will be useful to gain an understanding of the interplay between classical - and quantum mechanical phenomena, and how microscopic/atomic processes acting between many atoms/molecules produces the typical properties of different solid state matter. The subject is aimed at giving the basic knowledge for accomplishment of a master thesis in condensed matter physics.

Learning goals:

• The students shall get a continuance in condensed matter physics in some central areas.
• The subject shall provide basic knowledge and also give an overview of current problems within the field of condensed matter/materials science mainly on functional materials.

Proficiency goal:

After the completion of the course the students shall:
• Understand the physical basic principles for different functional materials functional materials including superconductors, diamagnetic and paramagnetic materials, ferromagnetic and anti-ferromagnetic materials, materials with magnetic resonance, dielectric and ferroelectric materials and nanostructured materials.
• Be able to describe basic principles for various functional materials utilizing quantum mechanical - and classical laws and approximations.
• Be able to understand the interplay between classical and quantum mechanical phenomena and how microscopic/atomic processes operating between many atoms/molecules create the typical properties of functional materials.
• Be able to perform derivations and calculations for new problem areas for various functional materials.
• Know about different methods for characterization and application of functional materials.
• Know something about the historical development and examples of applications for various functional materials.
• Be able to utilize his or her competence from the course for further studies in condensed matter physics.


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap against FYS348.

10 credits with FYS4430 - Condensed matter physics II


The course is given in the autumn term and contains 3 hours of teaching (lectures and exercises) per week. Compulsory problems will be included. In addition two scientific articles will be included as compulsory curriculum.


Oral exam at the end of the semester. Submitted reports on compulsory problems and presentation of papers may count maximum 20% in the grading.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

If the course is offered, a minimum of four students is required for ordinary lectures to take place. If less than four students participate, an exam will be given, but one should not expect ordinary teaching


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)