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Course content

The subject presents an overview of some functional materials and their properties, mainly seen  from an experimental viewpoint. Some central theories, which describes 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.

Learning outcome

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.


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Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with FYS9430 – Condensed Matter Physics II


2 hours of lectures every week in the autumn term.

1 hour of problem solving, and 1 hour of problem-solving/discussion group run by students with some teacher supervision.

Writing of a scientific essay with presentation for the class, which counts 20% in the grading of the course.


Midterm exam in form of essay submission and presentation counts 20% in the final grading.

Final oral exam counts 80% in the grading.

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.

Grading scale

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.

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)