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Quantum Mechanics and Solid State Physics 7.5 credits

Fasta tillståndets fysik och kvantmekanik
First cycle, F0053T
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Subject group (SCB)

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and F0004T Physics 1, F0005T Physics 2, F0006T Physics 3, M0018M Linear analysis

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • explain basic quantum mechanical concepts and theories
  • solve quantum mechanical problems as, potential barrier, tunneling, particle in box, harmonic oscillator, hydrogen atom.
  • explain the basic concepts that are used to describe the structure and physical properties of crystalline substances,
  • use physical models to perform calculations of the properties of solids,
  • analyze and discuss measurement data based on theoretical models,
  • summarize, present and communicate results from experiments,
  • give an overview of an application related to the physical phenomena treated in the course

The Schrödinger equation, the foundations of quantum mechanics, completness, operators, tunnling, particle in a box, the harmonic oscillator, the hydrogen atom, spin. Crystal structures and interatomic forces. Scattering theory and descriptions of various experimental techniques employed in structure analysis. The electrical, thermal and optical properties of metals semiconductors and insulators. Heat capacity on the basis of the models of Einstein and Debye. The quantization of the energy of elastic waves in terms of phonons. Lattice waves and the Brillouin zone. Thermal conductivity. The success and failure of the free electron model in accounting for observed metallic properties. The Hall effect and cyclotron resonance. The electronic contribution to heat capacity and thermal conductivity. Energy bands in solids. The nearly free electron model, band structure and band gaps. Semiconductor theory.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The course consist of lectures, solving problems and laboratory work.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Written examination at the end of the course and a written lab report.

This course cannot be part of the degree together with the courses F7006T, F0019T, F0047T.

Niklas Lehto

Transition terms
The course F0053T is equal to F0019T

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2015 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Kittel, C: Introduction to Solid State Physics, Wiley, 1996. 7:th edition, ISBN 0-471-11181-3.
Lehto N, Marklund S och Weber H.: Solid State Physics, Problems and Solutions, LTU.
Nordling C., Österman J., Physics Handbook, Studentlitteratur, ISBN: 9144044534 (upplaga 8, 2006) alternativt 9144031521 (2004), or equivalent.
Material from the course website.

Course offered by
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0002Laboratory workU G#1.00MandatoryA15
0003Written examG U 3 4 56.50MandatoryA21

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Mats Näsström 12 Feb 2015

Last revised
by Head Faculty Programme Director Niklas Lehto 17 Feb 2021