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8.231 Physics of Solids I, Fall 2002

A magnetic field evolution of a 4x4 microns SCA image.
Magnetic field evolution of a 4x4 microns SCA image. (Image provided by Prof. Ashoori's Research Group.)

Highlights of this Course

Physics of Solids I provides an introduction to the basic concepts of the quantum theory of solids. This website features comprehensive problem sets.

Course Description

The topics covered in this course include:
  • Periodic Structure and Symmetry of Crystals
  • Diffraction, Reciprocal Lattice
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Lattice Dynamics
  • Phonons
  • Thermal Properties
  • Free Electron Gas
  • Model of Metals
  • Bloch Theorem and Band Structure
  • Nearly Free Electron Approximation
  • Tight Binding Method
  • Fermi Surface
  • Semiconductors
  • Electrons
  • Holes
  • Impurities
  • Optical Properties
  • Excitons and
  • Magnetism


Prof. Thomas Greytak
Prof. Raymond Ashoori

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

One session / week
1 hour / session




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