3.23 Electrical, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Materials


Class Info

Origin of electrical, magnetic and optical properties of materials. Focus on the acquisition of quantum mechanical tools. Analysis of the properties of materials. Presentation of the postulates of quantum mechanics. Examination of the hydrogen atom, simple molecules and bonds, and the behavior of electrons in solids and energy bands. Introduction of the variation principle as a method for the calculation of wavefunctions. Investigation of how and why materials respond to different electrical, magnetic and electromagnetic fields and probes. Study of the conductivity, dielectric function, and magnetic permeability in metals, semiconductors, and insulators. Survey of common devices such as transistors, magnetic storage media, optical fibers.

This class has 8.03, and 18.03 as prerequisites.

3.23 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Fall semester, and will be instructed by G. Beach.

Lecture occurs 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 4-231.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the Electrical, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Materials site or on the 3.23 Stellar site.

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