Condensed Matter Physics 2 (CMP2)

Course content

The course provides an introduction to interesting phenomena in condensed matter physics including spontaneous symmetry breaking, collective phenomena in condensed matter physics, magnetism, superconductivity, quantum Hall effect etc.
This course is an introduction to selected topics in condensed matter physics, building on the foundations of condensed matter physics 1 (CMP1).
The course serves as an excellent continuation of CMP1 and/or CMT1 and can be taken equally well on 3rd or 4th year.


MSc Programme in Nanoscience
MSc Programme in Physics

Learning outcome

The student should be able to:

  • describe how and why electrons couple to external fields.
  • describe and distinguish different forms of atomic magnetism.
  • understand the basics of mean-field theory, Landau models, and apply it to concrete models.
  • describe the different types of magnetically ordered structures.
  • derive the magnetic excitations of ordered moments.
  • explain the basic properties of superconductivity.
  • describe the foundation and consequences of Ginzburg-Landay theory.


Initially we study atomic physics and the coupling of atoms to external fields. Then, including interactions the exchange mechanism is introduced, and we will study the different faces of magnetism, and apply mean-field theory in terms of both Landau models and microscopic models. We will use this to study the general properties of phase transitions in solid systems and briefly touch of the concepts of universality and critical phenomena. Also we will study the breakdown of mean-field theory and the role of fluctuations. Then we will introduce superconductivity and study this fascinating quantum state by phenomenological models. This will allow us to study for example flux quantization, Josephson junctions, and vortex lattices.

This course will provide the students with a competent background for further studies within the research field of condensed matter physics, including both theoretical and experimental M.Sc. projects at the local condensed matter groups. The general calculation skills acquired during the course will help the students in following more advanced courses and more readily attack future research projects.

Lectures and exercises

See Absalon for final course material. The following is an example of expected course literature.


Blundell: “Magnetism in condensed matter"

The student is expected to have followed courses on electromagnetism, quantum mechanics (~15 ECTS)and statistical physics.

It is strongly recommended that students have taken an introductory condensed matter physics course prior to enrolling in this class.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
Type of assessment details
20 minutes without preparation time. The course contains three longer written hand-in problems, whose content and solution will be a natural part of the oral examination.
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
More internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment

see learning outcome

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 32
  • Preparation
  • 141,5
  • Theory exercises
  • 32
  • Exam
  • 0,5
  • English
  • 206,0


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 2
No restriction
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
Study Board of Physics, Chemistry and Nanoscience
Contracting department
  • The Niels Bohr Institute
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Karsten Flensberg   (9-6c726b7479686b786d4674686f34717b346a71)

Astrid Tranum Rømer

Saved on the 28-02-2022

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