3.60 Symmetry, Structure, and Tensor Properties of Materials

As taught in: Fall 2005

Schematic of molecular crystal structure.
Crystal structure of the cuprate compound Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ or Bi2212, showing the copper (purple)–oxygen (black) layer responsible for superconductivity. (Image courtesy of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.)




Prof. Bernhardt Wuensch

Course Features

Course Description

This course covers the derivation of symmetry theory; lattices, point groups, space groups, and their properties; use of symmetry in tensor representation of crystal properties, including anisotropy and representation surfaces; and applications to piezoelectricity and elasticity.