FYS9430 – 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.
The subject 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
- have knowledge about and be able to explain central challenges in the research front of at least one of the themes covered in the course.
Admission to the course
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
- 10 credits overlap with FYS4430 – 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.
This course has a mandatory presentation, where you will present at least one scientific article, which is relevant in the research front in the topics covered in the course. The presentation must be approved before you can sit the final exam.
The mandatory presentation of one scientific article must be approved before you can sit the final exam.
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: FYS4430 – 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 pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more: