Tel Aviv University

Selected Topics in Condensed

Matter Physics: Quasicrystals


Dan Shechtman's discovery of quasicrystals, over 15 years ago, has spawned an exciting new field of research which today is being actively pursued by hundreds of scientists worldwide. This new phase of ordered matter—a quasiperiodic crystal—has completely changed our understanding of the most basic concepts of condensed matter physics, such as crystallinity, long range order, and symmetry.  With promising new industrial applications, and with many unexplained experimental observations, this field of research is sure to stay at the forefront of science for years to come.

Ho-Mg-Zn single crystal.
I.R. Fisher et al., PRB 59 (1999) 308-321.

The course is intended as an introduction to this young field for students of varied backgrounds. Basic knowledge of condensed matter physics is recommended, but all important concepts will be reviewed. By the end of the course students should be able to understand current literature and begin their own research in the field. Students from other schools (math, chemistry, engineering, etc.) are encouraged to take the course.