Introduction to Crystal Physics

Lecturers: Johannes Birkenstock


In the introductory part we look at crystals as anisotropic solids. The most important tool to describe and quantify physical properties of crystals is tensor calculus which will be introduced in detail. Symmetry is of similar importance as it determines whether a crystal may exhibit specific properties, such as piezoelectricity, or not.
In the specific chapters macroscopic physical properties and their determination are described in detail. Main chapters are elastic, magnetic and electric properties.


The students will understand the scientific description of reversible physical properties in terms of tensor calculus. They will be able to perform the determination of selected properties such as piezoelectricity and to predict if they may be expected for a given symmetry.


short written exams


Very close to the lecture in crystal physics:
J.F. Nye (1957): Physical properties of crystals, Oxford

More crystal physics text books:
W. Kleber, K. Meyer, W. Schoenborn (1968): Einführung in die Kristallphysik, Berlin
S. Haussühl (1983): Kristallphysik
P. Paufler (1987): Physikalische Kristallographie, Verlag Chemie
W.A. Wooster, A. Breton,… (1970): Experimental crystal physics, Oxford
Ch. Kittel (1971): Introduction to solid state physics, N.Y.
W. Voigt (1966, Nachdruck von 1910): Lehrbuch der Kristallphysik, Stuttgart