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Condensed Matter Physics


Admission Requirements

Introduction to solid state physics: bandstructure, crystal symmetries, phonons. Introductory quantum mechanics course.


In this course we provide students that have an experimental interest, with an overview of topics that are of interest in current condensed matter physics research. Students will be introduced to a set of contemporary topics, including mesoscopic physics, the quantum hall effect, and high temperature superconductivity. Our goal is to motivate the models and theories that are used in these topics. Special focus will lie on explaining the experimental work.

The course puts an emphasis on the research performed in the condensed matter groups in the Leiden institute of physics.

Course objectives

The student has an overview of the main themes of condensed matter physics
The student can explain why different models are chosen for different systems
The student is able to recognize a system that is described by single electron physics.
The student is able to explain how a correlated electron system is different .
The student has studied an example of frontier research in condensed matter, and summarized it.
After this course the student is able to apply the methods of this course to examples that illustrate the many-particle physics that is being studied in condensed matter physics today.


See timetable in [Brightspace]

Mode of instruction

Remote lectures and workgroups. 12 times a 2 hour lecture and 6 times a 2 hour workgroup Brightspace

Assessment method

75% of the grade is due to the exam, 25% of the exam is due to the reports in the workgroups.


Registration for Brightspace occurs via uSis

How to sign up for classes click here

Reading list

Material will be available through Brightspace and must be studied before the start of each lecture.


Lecturers Dr. M.P Allan SJ van der Molen