Amorphous Materials

A pearlescent sap-like substance on a rock.

Hyalite opal (opal-AN), or glass opal is an amorphous material with a structure similar to silica glass. (Image courtesy of James St. John on Flickr. License: CC BY.)


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Fall 2015



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This course discusses the fundamental material science behind amorphous solids, or non-crystalline materials. It covers formation of amorphous solids; amorphous structures and their electrical and optical properties; and characterization methods and technical applications.

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Juejun Hu. 3.071 Amorphous Materials. Fall 2015. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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