Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Condensed Matter Physics

Overall Course Objectives

To give the student a basic understanding of the fundamental concepts of condensed matter physics and of nanometer scale materials physics with the goal of establishing a systematic basis for the development of advanced engineering materials and functional structures.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe condensed matter systems qualitatively.
  • Operate with the concepts of energy and crystal momentum in condensed matter systems.
  • Operate with crystal lattices and symmetries both in real space and in reciprocal space (momentum space).
  • Apply quantum mechanics on condensed matter systems to describe scattering of waves in crystals and to describe the eigenstates and the eigenenergies in systems with periodic boundary conditions.
  • Construct theoretical models of the electronic and thermal properties of condensed matter systems, both in the single-particle picture.
  • Apply the theoretical models to calculate the characteristic properties of materials (e.g. sound velocity, specific heat, electrical and themal conductivities, effective masses, band gaps).
  • Apply the theoretical models to calculate the electrical properties of a number of semiconductor devices of technological interest.
  • Analyze problems in condensed matter systems and select and apply the appropriate models.
  • Recognize and apply professional terminology in English.

Course Content

Crystal lattices, reciprocal space, and X-ray diffraction, Phonons, heat capacity and heat conduction. Electronic structure, free-, nearly-free-, and tight-binding models. Insulators, metals and semiconductors. Semiconductor devices.

Recommended prerequisites

10034/10018/10036/10041/31400/10102/10104, Thermodynamics, electromagnetism, and quantum mechanics

Teaching Method

Lectures and tutorials.


10317 replaces 10303 as a mandatory course on the BSc education Engineering Physics (Fys-Ing) for students admitted from 2022. The course runs for the first time in the autumn of 2024.

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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 10317
Course type Bachelor

7.500,00 DKK