Solid State Physics

Lund University

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Elective courses

Elective courses at the division (click to enlarge)

The Division of Solid State Physics offers a variety of elective courses that are part of the programs in Engineering Physics, Engineering Nanoscience, Electrical Engineering and the Master Programs in Photonics and Nanoscience. For more information on these programs see the program curricula.

The courses can also be taken by students that are not enrolled in any of the programs given at the Faculty of Engineering, provided the prerequisits are met

The 'Course information, LTH' links provide information on the course syllabus in Swedish (KS) and English (KE), prior course evaluations (U), and course website (W) from the Faculty of Engineering websites. The 'Course homepage' links on the other hand provide a direct link to the individual course websites.  

Semiconductor Physics

Nanowire Field Effect Transistor, image courtesy K. Storm.

Course id: FFF021/FYST15; Credits: 7.5; Course coordinator: Carina Fasth & Dan Hessman

Fall term 2017: New LTH course id: FFFN30

This course aims to extend the material covered in the basic courses in Solid State Physics, Electronic Materials and Device Physics and provide a broader and deeper understanding of the physics of today's semiconductor devices. This includes discussions on the materials properties and physical principles underlying fundamental devices such as diodes, bipolar transistors and MOSFETs.

Course information, LTH; Course homepage

Processing and Device Technology

Etched wafer, image by courtesy of NASA

Course id: FFF110/FYSD13; Credits: 7.5; Course coordinator: Claes Thelander

Fall term 2017: New LTH course id: FFFF10

The course provides insight into the fundamentals of fabrication and characterization of semiconductor devices on the nanometer scale. Focus is placed on modern materials and processing techniques with nanotechnology as a main theme. Most of the processes that are discussed are general and applied in traditional silicon-based integrated-circuit technology as well as in advanced III-V technology and the fabrication of micro- and nanoelectromechanical systems.

Course information, LTH; Course homepage

Materials Analysis at the Nanosale

Course id: KOO105/FYSD21; Credits: 7.5; Course coordinator: Kimberly Dick-Thelander

Fall term 2017: New LTH course id: KASF15

Course information, LTH Course homepage

The Physics of Low-Dimensional Structures

One-dimensional semiconductor nanowires. Courtesy of N. Sköld.

Course id: FFF042/FYST24; Credits: 7.5; Course coordinator: Mats-Erik Pistol & Martin Leijnse

Fall term 2017: New LTH course id: FFFN35

The course provides an overview of theory, experiments and applications of so-called low-dimensional structures. Low-dimensional structures are artificial materials that are engineered on the nanoscale so that electrons are confined to move in only two, one or zero dimensions. The quantum effects that arise because of this confinement drastically influences the transport and optical properties of such structures, which can be harnessed to realize quantum devices.

Course information, LTH; Course homepage

Crystal Growth and Semiconductor Epitaxy

Barium zirconium oxide grown on magnesium oxide. Image by courtesy of Filip Lenrick.

Course id: FAFN15/FYST35; Credits: 7.5; Coordinator: Jonas Johansson & Masoomeh Ghasemi

The aim of the course is to provide deep insight into the fundamental aspects of crystal growth and in particular epitaxial growth of semiconductor structures. A large emphasis will be placed on discussing thermodynamic concepts, such as the chemical potential, supersaturation and nucleation, that lead to crystal growth. For epitaxial growth specific topics will include surface reconstructions, lattice mismatch, dislocations, as well as characterization methods, both in- and ex-situ. The different concepts in the course will be frequently illustrated with examples from state-of-the-art research. As a prerequisite to the course, the course Processing and Device Technology is recommended. 

Course information, LTH; Course homepage

Nanomaterials - Thermodynamics and Kinetics

Course id: FFFN05/FYST40; Credits: 7.5; Coordinator: Jonas Johansson

The course gives an overview of thermodynamic phenomena in materials science that are needed to understand the possibilities and limitations in the synthesis of nanomaterials. The relevant kinetic processes are also discussed.

Course information, LTH;  Course Homepage

Experimental Biophysics

Small water droplets produced in a microfluidics device using two-phase flow. (Image courtesy J. Beech)

Course id: FFFN20/FYST23; Credits: 15; Coordinator: Jonas Tegenfeldt


Fundamental processes in biology on the nanometer and micrometer scales. How these can be used in applications like for instance new analysis methods. Micro- and nanofluidics. Molecular motors. Measurements on individual molecules.

Course information, LTH; Course homepage

Advanced Processing of Nanostructures

Nanoimprinted grating structure for NEMS applications (courtesy G. Luo)

Course id: FFFN01/FYST31; Credits: 7.5; Coordinator: Ivan Maximov

The course will provide a deep understanding of processes related to the fabrication and characterization of nanostructures that can be used in nanoelectronics, nanophotonics and life sciences. The focus will be placed on modern materials processing techniques that are used in nanotechnology today. Examples are electron beam lithography, scanning electron microscop and etching. Practical laboratory work (in the form of a project work) in our modern clean rooms (Lund Nano Lab) aims to give practical knowledge and experience of some important technological methods used in semiconductor technology. Because a clean room environment is crucial for nanofabrication, special attention will be paid to cleanroom design, safety and practical work. The course Processing and Device Technology is a prerequisite for attending this course. Because of the practical elements of the course, the number of students is limited.

Course information, LTH; Course homepage

Optoelectronics and Optical Communication

White light supercontinuum generation.

Course id: FFFN25/FYST50; Credits: 7.5; Coordinators: Niklas Sköld & Cord Arnold

The course provides a plattform both for the selection of suitable devices for various optoelectronic applications and for the development of next generation devices. To achieve this, the course will emphasize the underlying physics as well as how performance is affected by device design and materials properties.

Course information, LTHCourse homepage