Advanced Course on Topics in Physics 7.5 Credits

Fördjupningskurs i fysik
Second cycle, F7048T
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2017 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Mats Näsström 12 Feb 2015

Last revised
by HUL Mats Näsström 14 Feb 2017

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
U G#
Subject group (SCB)

Entry requirements

Basic and core courses in physics and mathematics equivalent to the first three years of the civil engineering program Engineering Physics and Electrical Engineering or equivalent from another university. In addition, courses under one of the options below depending on the area of specialization are required. Options for specialization 1: F7045T Solid State Physics , C7004M Numerics and partial differential equations , and some of F7024T multiphysics simulation and calculation or F7035T Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics or equivalent. Options for specialization 2: F0047T Quantum Physics and any one of F7031T Particle and Nuclear Physics , F7030T Chaos and Nonlinear Physics, F0027T Astrophysics and Cosmology , Relativity F7041T or F7008T atomic and molecular physics, or equivalent obtained at another institution .

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The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

The aim of the course is to provide the opportunity for specialization in physics that is not included in the regular courses. Students will also learn to develop their ability to model and solve problems in physics. This is done through the study of books or scholarly articles, possibly supplemented by simulations. The course will in addition further develop the student's presentation skills and provide an introduction to research in physics.  

The student should on their own, in discussion with the examiner and in good time before the start of the course, suggest specialization in one of the three fields below and form a comprehensive plan for the work. The precise content depends on the current specialization. Students take responsibility for their own development, while the teacher(s) provides feedback and support for the student's professional development.   

Specialization 1. Modeling of materials 
Examples of specialization areas are, for example (i) an in-depth study of the laws of quantum mechanics in the form of Schrodinger equation by wavefunction methods and/or density functional theory (DFT) used to study the atoms, molecules, clusters and material properties; (ii) Calculations of superconducting and superfluid materials; iii) modeling of nanomaterials , their surfaces and their characterization.  

Specialization 2. Particle, atomic, molecular and astrophysics 
Examples of specialization areas are, for example (i) the formulation of problems in particle physics , cosmology , chaos theory / nonlinear systems, astrophysics, relativity, quantum physics, including quantum field theory; (ii) studies of molecules in the interstellar medium, or absorption in planetary and stellar atmospheres. The exact content is controlled by the current specialization.   

Specialization 3. Applied photonics
Examples of specialization areas are, (i) image theory with specific applications in biomedical imaging, 3D imaging and remote sensing; (ii) Coherence and speckle theory with specific applications in gated imaging, material characterization and sensing; (iii) Elastic and inelastic scattering with applications in spectroscopy. 

After completing the course students will:

·       Have delved deeply into any of the three specializations.
·       Learned to independently, with the support of teachers, take in new material at an advanced level, but also be independent in the learning process.
·       To integrate, generalize and combine what has been learnt with previously acquired knowledge in the field.
·       Have applied the in-depth knowledge through calculations or simulations of concrete examples or in a project.
·       Be able to take part of research results within the specialization and receive an introduction to research in physics.
·       Have further developed their presentation skills.


Detailed course content is specified by the examiner, or a supervisor appointed by the examiner, together with the student(s) in a written course description each time the course is given. Content to be approved by the examiner and any additional supervisor(s). The exact content is controlled by the current specialization/project.


The specialization course is carried out independently but with the help of the teachers whose work is focused on providing support and structure in the student's own acquisition of knowledge and skills. There are to be regular meetings with the supervisor/examiner at which the student(s) will present their progress and discuss the course work, and set their own agenda for the continuation of the course. Within the framework of the course, and at the end of the course, the student(s) will make oral presentations to all involved, at which time the student(s) will be provided with feedback. At the end of the course it will, in addition, be presented in writing in the form of a project report. Discrepancies may occur.



The specialization course work is presented with oral presentations, a written report, and final oral presentation at LTU, all of which contribute to the grading.

Andreas Larsson

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2015 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Literature. Valid from 2015 (May change until 10 weeks before study entry)
No specific literature is provided. Instead, the student(s), in consultation with the teacher(s), seek out where the information needed can be found.

Course offered by
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

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