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Brillouin Zones

This teaching and learning package provides an introduction to Brillouin zones in two and three dimensions and is aimed at developing familiarity with Brillouin Zones. It will not cover any specific applications. Brillouin Zones are particularly useful in understanding the electronic and thermal properties of crystalline solids.


Diagram showing Brillouin Zones for a 2-D square reciprocal lattice

First created: August 2006. Last updated: April 2008. Converted to HTML5: October 2021.