This chapter provides a brief description of materials concepts that may be useful in understanding electronic materials. The review is not exhaustive but is intended to provide a minimum (and rather basic) level of familiarity with important concepts used in other chapters. As elsewhere, the reader is referred to the recommended readings for additional background and details.


Phase Diagram Lattice Site Reciprocal Lattice Binary Phase Diagram Ternary Phase Diagram 


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