FYS3400 – Condensed Matter Physics
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
The course introduces the condensed matter physics on a broad basis. The main objective is to provide an overview of different types of materials and illustrate how their properties depend on the microscopic structure. The course will deliver basic knowledge, but it should also serve as an orientation on the current issues in the different branches of condensed matter physics, providing additional arguments for the choice of master thesis topic.
After completing the course:
- you will have knowledge of different types of solids (crystals, glass, soft materials) and an understanding of how their microscopic structure affects their mechanical, thermal and electrical properties
- you can describe crystalline and disordered structures and you understand the interrelation between ordering and different interactions in materials
- you can use the diffusion theory to describe crystalline, amorphous and self-similar structures and interpret the results of different scattering experiments
- you can explain how the periodicity controls electrical, thermal and mechanical properties in crystals; in particular, you can calculate phonon spectra and their contribution to thermal capacity and thermal conductivity in simple crystals; you can explain how such models break or change with increasing degree of disorder
- you can explain the electrical properties of crystals in terms of the free-electron gas model as well as electronic band structure, and calculate these properties for simple crystals in the reciprocal space
- you will have knowledge about different types of defects in crystals and how they affect the properties of the crystals
- you can numerically model disordered materials and explain how the properties change with varying degrees of disorder
Admission to the course
Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.
Special admission requirements
In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:
- Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2
And in addition one of these:
- Physics (1+2)
- Chemistry (1+2)
- Biology (1+2)
- Information technology (1+2)
- Geosciences (1+2)
- Technology and theories of research (1+2)
The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).
Recommended previous knowledge
- FYS-MEK1110 – Mechanics
- FYS1120 – Electromagnetism
- FYS2130 – Oscillations and Waves
- FYS2140 – Quantum Physics
- FYS2160 – Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
- 10 credits overlap with FYS3410 – Condensed matter physics (continued).
The course is taught over a whole semester with three hours of lectures and two hours of group lectures each week. The course includes three assignments.
An individual exam in the form of three assignments, each weighted 10% of the grade, weighted 30% total.
A final oral exam weighted 70% of the grade.
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.
Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.