Intensive Lecture

Intensive lecturer series "Mineral Physics I"

  • 9:00-10:30 (CEST, GMT+2) on Wednesday in the winter semester in 2021-2022.
    • 20 Oct., 27 Oct., 3 Nov., 10 Nov., 17 Nov., 24 Nov., 1 Dec., 8 Dec., 15 Dec., 22 Dec., 12 Jan., 19 Jan., 26 Jan., 2 Feb., 9 Feb.
  • Virtual venue by Zoom

This series of lectures aims to provide basic knowledge of mineral physics to graduate students who graduated from geology courses. Knowledge of mineral physics is necessary to study the properties of Earth's materials under high-pressure and high-temperature conditions. Nevertheless, students who have graduated from a bachelor course in geology often have not been trained in physics, as the lecturer experienced in his own graduate-school days.  This series of lectures will fill up knowledge that such students have not had a chance to learn.


This series of lectures explain the theories of mineral properties controlled by the crystal structure and main composition by assuming the background of mathematics and physics of the first-year bachelor students of natural science. The lectures will be composed of the following chapters

  • Thermodynamic properties
  • Linear elasticity
  • Lattice vibration
  • Equation of state
  • Thermal conductivity

The theories of mineral properties controlled by defects will be explained in "Mineral Physics II" that will be held eventually.


Students interested in this series of lectures will send an email to Tomo Katsura by 1st October 2021.