8.231 Physics of Solids I

Fall 2006

An irridescent synthetic bismuth crystal.
A synthetic bismuth crystal. The bottom front edge has a length of about 3.5cm. The irridescent color is created due to interference effects in a thin oxide layer, which forms when the hot crystal is pulled out of the bismuth melt. (Image courtesy of Wikipedia user Dschwen.)

Course Description

This course offers an introduction to the basic concepts of the quantum theory of solids.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this section: .class.

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Prof. Xiao-Gang Wen

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions / week
Lec 1, 2: 1.5 hours / session
Lec 3: 1 hour / session