Credits: 5

Schedule: 24.02.2020 - 25.05.2020

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

IV-V Spring (2018-2019, 2019-2020)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The student obtains on different traditional fields of materials physics the basic knowledge  about materials' ionic and electronic properties, materials-related phenomena, and models used to describe them. Thereafter, she or he can apply this knowledge to follow broadly the modern materials research and become a researcher on a particular materials physics' field based on experimental or theoretical (computational) methods.


Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Selected topics in materials physics: Electron dynamics in periodic solids, physics of semiconductors, lattice defects, dielectric properties of solids, magnetism. The last two topics include also interaction of materials with electromagnetic fields.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

    • Lecture 1: Introduction: quantum materials & second quantization Date: 24.02

    • Lecture 2: Symmetries and conservation laws: reciprocal space Date: 2.03

    • Lecture 3: From atoms to crystals: band-structure theory Date: 9.03

    • Lecture 4: Collective response in materials: linear response theory Date: 16.03

    • Lecture 5: Topological materials and the quantum Hall effect Date: 23.03

    • Lecture 6: Emergence in quantum matter: fractionalization and superconductivity Date: 30.03

    • Lecture 7 Semiconductors vs metals charged excitations Date: 14.04

    • Lecture 8: Semiconductors, pn junctions Date: 20.04

    • Lecture 9: Dielectric properties Date 27.04

    • Lecture 10: Impurities Date 4.05

    • Lecture 11: Magnetic susceptibility Date 11.05

    • Lecture 12: Ferromagnetism and hysteresis Date 18.05

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures with pre-assignments, exercise sessions with problem solutions to be handed back. Grading is based on two midterm exams as well as on returned pre-assignments and exercise problem solutions. Alternatively, grading is based solely on one final exam.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact teaching includes lectures and exercises totally 48 h.
Independent work: 76 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

S. Elliott: The Physics and Chemistry of Solids

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

Many-Body Quantum Theory in Condensed Matter Physics: An Introduction, Henrik Bruus and Karsten Flensberg
Fundamentals of Condensed Matter Physics, Marvin L. Cohen and Steven G. Louie

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course replaces the course Tfy-3.4311 Materials Physics.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

PHYS-C0240 Materiaalifysiikka

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Registration via WebOodi.


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