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Elective courses

The Division of Solid State Physics offers a variety of elective courses that are available to students in Engineering Physics, Engineering Nanoscience, Electrical Engineering, Master Programs in Photonics and Nanoscience as well as physics students at the faculty of Natural Sciences.

Fall term, 1st part

  • Semiconductor Physics
  • Processing and Device Technology
  • Advanced Processing of Nanostructures (part 1)

Fall term, 2nd part

  • The Physics of Low-dimensional Structures and Quantum Devices
  • Advanced Processing of Nanostructures (part 2)
  • Nanomaterials - Thermodynamics and Kinetics

Spring term, 1st part

  • Crystal Growth and Semiconductor Epitaxy
  • Optoelectronics and Optical Communication
  • Advanced Processing of nanostructures (part 1)
  • Experimental Biophysics (part 1)

Spring term, 2nd part

  • Advanced Processing of nanostructures (part 2)
  • Experimental Biophysics (part 2)


Most courses use Canvas for course information and course materials. Official course plans are linked below. For additional information, please contact the course responsible teacher.

Semiconductor Physics

Course id: FFFN30/FYST78; Credits: 7.5; Course coordinator: Carina Fasth & Dan Hessman

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 Semiconductor Physics, LTH

Processing and Device Technology

Course id: FFFF11/FYSD23; Credits: 7.5; Course coordinator: Claes Thelander

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 Processing and Device Technology, LTH


The Physics of Low-Dimensional Structures and Quantum Devices

Course id: FFFN35/FYST79; Credits: 7.5; Course coordinator: Mats-Erik Pistol & Adam Burke

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 influence the transport and optical properties of such structures, which can be harnessed to realize quantum devices.

Course information The Physics of Low-Dimensional Structures and Quantum Devices, LTH

Crystal Growth and Semiconductor Epitaxy

Course id: FAFN15/FYST71; Credits: 7.5; Coordinator: Vanya Darakchieva

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 Crystal Growth and Semiconductor Epitaxy, LTH

Nanomaterials - Thermodynamics and Kinetics

Course id: FFFN05/FYST81; 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. Understanding phase diagrams is a central topic and we will discuss both how to construct and interpret them. Important kinetic processes, such as reaction kinetics, heat and mass transport, will also be discussed.


Course information Nanomaterials - Thermodynamics and Kinetics, LTH

Experimental Biophysics

Course id: FFFN20/FYST67; 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 Experimental Biophysics, LTH

Advanced Processing of Nanostructures

Course id: FFFN01/FYST60; 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 Advanced Processing of Nanostructures, LTH

Optoelectronics and Optical Communication

Course id: FFFN25/FYST50; Credits: 7.5; Coordinators: Dan Hessman & Cord Arnold

The course provides a platform 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 Optoelectronics and Optical Communication, LTH