FYS4430 – Condensed Matter Physics II
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
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.
This course presents an overview of some functional materials and their properties, mainly seen from an experimental viewpoint. Some central theories, which describe the properties of the materials and their response to external impact, will be discussed. Topics that will be covered include dielectric materials, magnetic materials, superconductors as well as selected topics within micro- and nanostructured materials. The subject will be useful for gaining an understanding of the interplay between classical and quantum mechanical phenomena and clarify how microscopic/atomic processes give rise to the typical properties of different materials.
After the completion of this course you will:
- have a broad knowledge of the core areas of condensed matter physics and materials science
- have a good understanding of the physical basic principles behind the properties of different types of functional materials and some micro/nanostructured materials
- be able to understand the interplay between classical and quantum mechanical phenomena and expand on how atomic processes operates between many atoms/molecules to create the typical properties of functional materials
- be able to describe basic principles for the properties of various functional materials utilizing quantum mechanical and classical laws and using the necessary approximations
- know about important methods for characterization of the materials and know their main applications as well as the historical development of some materials.
Admission to the course
Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.
Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.
Recommended previous knowledge
- 10 credits overlap with FYS9430 – Condensed Matter Physics II.
The course runs throughout the autumn semester:
- 2 hours of lectures every week.
- 1 hour of problem-solving and 1 hour of student-driven problem-solving and discussion group with some supervision from the course coordinator every week.
- Midterm exam: submission of academic essay and a presentation of this to other students on the course, which counts 20% towards the final grade.
- Final oral exam which counts 80% towards the final grade.
It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses:FYS9430 – Condensed Matter Physics II
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English. 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
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more: