Intensive lecturer series "Mineral Physics I"
In order to understand the structure, dynamics, and evolution of the Earth and planetary interiors, a proper understanding of the physical properties of constituent minerals is desired. However, the majority of geology courses provide no classes for understanding theories of mineral properties. This course series aims to provide basic theories of mineral properties for students who have graduated from a geology course and work in high-pressure-temperature experiments to understand the Earth and planetary interiors better. Students and other researchers interested in high-pressure mineral physics in other fields are also welcome. The background of mathematics and physics of the first-year bachelor students of natural science is assumed. This series of lectures will focus on mineral properties controlled by the crystal structure and major composition. In other words, properties related to crystalline defects such as point defects, dislocations, and grain interfaces will not be discussed in this series of lectures.
The details of the lectures are as follows.
The theories of mineral properties controlled by defects will be argued in another series of lectures "Mineral Physics II" that will be held eventually.