Band Theory of Solids: An Introduction from the Point of View of Symmetry / Edition 1

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The structure of much of solid-state theory comes directly from group theory, but until now there has been no elementary introduction to the band theory of solids which adopts this approach. This book provides such an introduction, employing only the simplest and most basic of group theoretical ideas, and emphasizing the significance of symmetry in determining many of the essential concepts used in the subject. Topics include: the free-electron model, the reciprocal lattice and the Fourier series, space group representations, phonons and conductivity, and surface and impurity states, among many others. Numerous problems are included which enable the reader to apply the major ideas and to complete some parts of the treatment. Students and researchers in chemistry and other physical sciences will find the book the introduction to band theory they have been waiting for.

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"A uniform treatment. Numerous problems throughout the book, for which complete solutions are given in its last chapter, provide an opportunity not only for applying the major ideas discussed but also for completing some parts of the treatment." —Mathematical Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198558668
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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Brasenose College, Oxford (Emeritus)
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Table of Contents

1. The Free-Electron Picture
2. Symmetry and Group Theory
3. Space Groups
4. The Reciprocal Lattice and the Fourier Series
5. Bloch Functions and Brillouin Zones
6. Space Group Representations
7. The Representation of Space Groups: An Example
8. Brillouin Zones and Energy Bands
9. Bands and Fermi Surfaces in Metals and Semiconductors
10. Methods of Calculation of Band Structure
11. Phonons and Conductivity
12. Phase Stability: Brillouin Zone Effects
13. Wannier Functions and Löwdin Orbitals
14. Surface and Impurity States
15. Solutions to the Problems

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