Defects and Geometry in Condensed Matter Physics

Defects and Geometry in Condensed Matter Physics

by David R. Nelson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521801591

ISBN-13: 9780521801591

Pub. Date: 01/28/2012

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Defects and geometrical patterns embedded in orderly arrays of atoms and molecules explain important everyday phenomena such as why soap is slippery, why steel is strong, and how a liquid crystal display device works. An understanding of how to pin vortex defects in superconductors is essential for applications such as magnetic levitation and improved magnetic…  See more details below

Overview

Defects and geometrical patterns embedded in orderly arrays of atoms and molecules explain important everyday phenomena such as why soap is slippery, why steel is strong, and how a liquid crystal display device works. An understanding of how to pin vortex defects in superconductors is essential for applications such as magnetic levitation and improved magnetic resonance imaging devised for medical diagnosis. This book discusses the crucial role played by defects and geometry in disrupting order in solids, superconductors, superfluids, liquid crystals and polymers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521801591
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2012
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

1. Fluctuations, renormalization and universality; 2. Defect mediated phase transitions; 3. Order, frustration; 4. The structure and statistical mechanics of glass; 5. The statistical mechanics of crumpled membranes; 6. Defects in superfluids, superconductors and membranes; 7. Vortex line fluctuations in superconductors from elementary quantum mechanics; 8. Correlations and transport in vortex liquids; 9. The statistical mechanics of directed polymers.

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