Electronic, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Materials

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Part 1: Lattice Vibrations

  • Hamiltonian Mechanics
  • Vibrations in Crystals–Phonons
  • Elastic Bandgap

Part 2: Quantum Mechanics

  • Schrödinger’s Equation
  • 1-Dimensional Problems
  • Measurements—The Ehrenfest Theorem
  • Three Dimensions—Hydrogen Atom

Part 3: Electronic Band Structures

  • Periodic Potential
  • Central Equation
  • Understanding Band Diagrams
  • Engineering conductivity in Semiconductors

Part 4: Solid-State Devices

  • PN Junctions
  • Solar Cells
  • LEDs

Part 5: Optical Properties

  • Wave Equation
  • E/M Waves at Interfaces
  • Photonic Crystals

Part 6: Introduction to Magnetism

  • Classification of Magnets
  • Hysteresis in Ferromagnetic Materials
  • Magnetic Domains


Differential and Integral Calculus University-level Electricity & Magnetism Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering, or a knowledge structure and bonding in solid state materials


Polina Anikeeva
Class of 1942 Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jessica Sandland
Lecturer & Digital Learning Scientist
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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