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3.40J / 22.71J Physical Metallurgy, Spring 2004

Magnetic nanostructures.
Magnetic nanostructures. (Images courtesy of Prof. Caroline A. Ross.)

Highlights of this Course

This course includes lecture notes and problem sets.

Course Description

This course examines how the presence of 1-, 2- and 3D defects and second phases control the mechanical, electromagnetic and chemical behavior of metals and alloys. It considers point, line and interfacial defects in the context of structural transformations including annealing, spinodal decomposition, nucleation, growth, and particle coarsening. In addition, it concentrates on structure-function relationships, and in particular how grain size, interstitial and substitutional solid solutions, and second-phase particles impact mechanical and other properties. Examples include microelectronic circuitry, magnetic memory and drug delivery applications.


Prof. Kenneth Russell
Prof. Krystyn Van Vliet

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session




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