Condensed Matter Physics / Edition 2

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"This second edition presents an updated review of the whole field of condensed matter physics. It consolidates new and classic topics from disparate sources, teaching not only about the effective masses of electrons in semiconductor crystals and band theory, but also about quasicrystals, dynamics of phase separation, why rubber is more floppy than steel, granular materials, quantum dots, Berry phases, the quantum hall effect, and Luttinger liquids"-- Provided by publisher.

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Editorial Reviews

Physics Today
In summary, the main strength of the book is that it conveys the enormous breadth of modern condensed matter physics and gives a basic, often conceptual account of these diverse topics.
Contemporary Physics
...there is clearly much here that lecturers and readers at the graduate level will find valuable.
European Journal of Physics
I can thoroughly recommend it to students, graduates and teachers. I would even say that everyone who is interested more deeply in the exciting world of matter should have this book on their library shelf.
A text for a one-year graduate course, covering classic as well as new topics. Material is in six sections on atomic structure, electronic structure, mechanical properties, electron transport, optical properties, and magnetism. Focus is on the way condensed matter physicists approach physical problems, combining phenomenology and microscopic arguments with information from experiments. Includes chapter problems. Assumes knowledge of quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and electricity and magnetism. Marder is associate professor of physics at the University of Texas-Austin and a member of the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"The text also gives more leisurely attention to the topics of primary interest to most students: electron and phonon bond structures." (Booknews, 1 February 2011)

"In this text intended for a one-year graduate course, Marder (physics, U. of Texas, Austin) comments in the preface that this second edition incorporates the many thousands of updates and corrections suggested by readers of the first edition published in 1999, and he even gives credit to several individuals who found the most errors. He also points out that "the entire discipline of condensed matter is roughly ten percent older than when the first edition was written, so adding some new topics seemed appropriate." These new topics - chosen because of increasing recognition of their importance - include graphene and nanotubes, Berry phases, Luttinger liquids, diffusion, dynamic light scattering, and spin torques. The text also gives more leisurely attention to the topics of primary interest to most students: electron and phonon bond structures." (Reference and Research Book News, February 2011)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470617984
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 984
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

I Atomic Structure 1
1 The Idea of Crystals 3
2 Three-Dimensional Lattices 17
3 Experimental Determination of Crystal Structures 43
4 Surfaces and Interfaces 69
5 Complex Structures 87
II Electronic Structure 133
6 The Single-Electron Model 135
7 The Schrodinger Equation and Symmetry 155
8 Nearly Free and Tightly Bound Electrons 185
9 Electron-Electron Interactions 203
10 Calculation of Band Structures 229
III Mechanical Properties 261
11 Cohesion of Solids 263
12 Elasticity 287
13 Phonons 305
14 Dislocations and Cracks 343
15 Fluid Mechanics 375
IV Electron Transport 411
16 Dynamics of Bloch Electrons 413
17 Transport Phenomena and Fermi Liquid Theory 443
18 Microscopic Theories of Conduction 481
19 Electronics 517
V Optical Properties 559
20 Phenomenological Theory 561
21 Optical Properties of Semiconductors 583
22 Optical Properties of Insulators 609
23 Optical Properties of Metals and Inelastic Scattering 637
VI Magnetism 669
24 Classical Theories of Magnetism and Ordering 671
25 Magnetism of Ions and Electrons 707
26 Quantum Mechanics of Interacting Magnetic Moments 745
27 Superconductivity 783
App. A Lattice Sums and Fourier Transforms 843
App. B Variational Techniques 849
App. C Second Quantization 853
Index 859
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