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Since the publication of the first edition over 50 years ago, Introduction to Solid State Physics has been the standard solid state physics text for physics students. The author's goal from the beginning has been to write a book that is accessible to undergraduates and consistently teachable. The emphasis in the book has always been on physics rather than formal mathematics. With each new edition, the author has attempted to add important new developments in the field without sacrificing the book's accessibility and teachability.

* A very important chapter on nanophysics has been written by an active worker in the field. This field is the liveliest addition to solid state science during the past ten years
* The text uses the simplifications made possible by the wide availability of computer technology. Searches using keywords on a search engine (such as Google) easily generate many fresh and useful references

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Editorial Reviews

An introductory text on solid state physics for seniors and beginning graduate students in physical science and engineering, covering topics which include crystal structure and binding, phonons, fermi surfaces and metals, superconductivity, magnetic resonance, and surface and interface physics. Appendices explain numerous calculations and equations. This seventh edition contains treatment of fiber optics and new magnetic materials, and displays the results of scanning tunneling microscopy. Includes b&w illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471415268
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 88
  • Pages: 680
  • Product dimensions: 7.74 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Kittel did his undergraduate work in physics at M.I.T and at the Cavendish Laboratory of Cambridge University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He worked in the solid state group at Bell Laboratories, along with Bardeen and Shockley, leaving to start the theoretical solid state physics group at Berkeley in 1951. His research has been largely in magnetism and in semiconductors. In magnetism he developed the theories of ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic resonance and the theory of single ferromagnetic domains, and extended the Bloch theory of magnons. In semiconductor physics he participated in the first cyclotron and plasma resonance experiments and extended the results to the theory of impurity states and to electron-hole drops.

He has been awarded three Guggenheim fellowships, the Oliver Buckley Prize for Solid State Physics, and, for contributions to teaching, the Oersted Medal of the American Association of Physics Teachers, He is a member of the National Academy of Science and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Table of Contents


Periodic Array of Atoms.                   

Fundamental Types of Lattices.         

Index System for Crystal Planes.           

Simple Crystal Structures.                        

Direct Imaging of Atomic Structure.               

Nonideal Crystal Structures.                       

Crystal Structure Data.                               


Diffraction of Waves by Crystals.

Scattered Wave Amplitude.               

Brillouin Zones.                    

Fourier Analysis of the Basis.               


Crystals of Inert Gases.                       

Ionic Crystals.                                

Covalent Crystals.                        


Hydrogen Bonds.                           

Atomic Radii.                                       

Analysis of Elastic Strains.                   

Elastic Compliance and Stiffness Constants.       

Elastic Waves in Cubic Crystals.        


Vibrations of Crystals with Monatomic Basis.     

Two Atoms per Primitive Basis.                     

Quantization of Elastic Waves.                  

Phonon Momentum.                                       

Inelastic Scattering by Phonons.                       


Phonon Heat Capacity.                               

Anharmonic Crystal Interactions.               

Thermal Conductivity.                               


Energy Levels in One Dimension.                               

Effect of Temperature on the Fermi-Dirac Distribution.       

Free Electron Gas in Three Dimensions.                       

Heat Capacity of the Electron Gas.                        

Electrical Conductivity and Ohm’s Law.                

Motion in Magnetic Fields.                                    

Thermal Conductivity of Metals.                               


Nearly Free Electron Model.                   

Bloch Functions.                                       

Kronig-Penney Model.                                   

Wave Equation of Electron in a Periodic Potential.       

Number of Orbitals in a Band.                              


Band Gap.                                                       

Equations of Motion.                                          

Intrinsic Carrier Concentration.                             

Impurity Conductivity.                                               

Thermoelectric Effects.                                       




Construction of Fermi Surfaces.                                

Electron Orbits, Hole Orbits, and Open Orbits.                       

Calculation of Energy Bands.                                            

Experimental Methods in Fermi Surface Studies.                  

CHAPTER 10: SUPERCONDUCTIVITY.                       

Experimental Survey.                                                  

Theoretical Survey.                                                  

High-Temperature Superconductors.                                


Langevin Diamagnetism Equation.                                       

Quantum Theory of Diamagnetism of Mononuclear Systems.


Quantum Theory of Paramagnetism.                                    

Cooling by Isentropic Demagnetization.                         

Paramagnetic Susceptibility of Conduction Electrons.               


Ferromagnetic Order.                                          


Neutron Magnetic Scattering.                                       

Ferrimagnetic Order.                                             

Antiferromagnetic Order.                                       

Ferromagnetic Domains.                                       

Single Domain Particles.                                


Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.                                       

Line Width.                                                       

Hyperfine Splitting.                                        

Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance.                               

Ferromagnetic Resonance.                                       

Antiferromagnetic Resonance.                                       

Electron Paramagnetic Resonance.                               

Principle of Maser Action.                                   


Dielectric Function of the Electron Gas.                


Electrostatic Screening.                                       


Electron-Electron Interaction.                                       

Electron-Phonon Interaction: Polarons.                       

Peierls Instability of Linear Metals.                           


Optical Reflectance.                                               


Raman Effects in Crystals.                                

Energy Loss of Fast Particles in a Solid.                     


Macroscopic Electric Field.                                       

Local Electric Field at an Atom.                             

Dielectric Constant and Polarizability.                       

Structural Phase Transitions.                                       

Ferroelectric Crystals.                                        

Displacive Transitions.                                       


Surface Crystallography.                                  

Surface Electronic Structure.                                       

Magnetoresistance in a Two-Dimensional Channel.        

p-n Junctions.                                                      


Semiconductor Lasers.                                               

Light-Emitting Diodes.                                  


Imaging Techniques for Nanostructures.

Electronic Structure of 1D Systems.

Electrical Transport in 1D.

Electronic Structure of 0D Systems.

Electrical Transport in 0D.

Vibrational and Thermal Properties of Nanostructures.


Diffraction Pattern.


Amorphous Ferromagnets.

Amorphous Semiconductors.

Low Energy Excitations in Amorphous Solids.

Fiber Optics.


Lattice Vacancies.


Color Centers.


Shear Strength of Single Crystals.


Strength of Alloys.

Dislocations and Crystal Growth.

Hardness of Materials.


General Consideration.

Substitutional Solid Solutions – Hume-Rotherby Rules.

Order-Disorder Transformation.

Phase Diagrams.

Transition Metal Alloys.

Kondo Effect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2009

    Poorly Explained Text

    This book does an extremely poor job of explaining important concepts of solid state physics. There are only a few examples and even those do not flow well within the text. Many of the exercises at the end of the chapter were poorly related to the material. I had to reference other books and professors to get the required information.

    The only redeeming quality of this book was that it covered a fairly large range of topics. However, it is no help to someone that would like to learn the material. There are large jumps and gaps in the flow of the information.

    A text that I briefly referenced was Aschroft and Mermin. I did not read the text as completely as I did this one because Kittel was the text assigned for the class, so I can only say that I found it useful. I would recommend to purchase the Aschroft and Mermin Solid State Physics textbook instead of this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2002

    incredibly badly written book

    i personally didnt like this book at all.. the only positive thing that i can say for this book is that it covers all the modern topics.. (which book doesnt?) however, it makes huge jumps in conclusions that have little explanations to go with them.. it does not explain important concepts in a coherent fashion.. it's possible to cite many instances of blunt statements and formulae with hardly any context at all! in fact in certain sections it looks almost like a handbook for standard formulae in solid state physics.. to top it off there is the use of the almost extinct CGS units with the occasional SI equivalent formulae thrown in... there is no consistency even in the use of these SI unit formulae.. therefore, it would not be an understatement to say that this important subject is treated in a very offhand fashion by the author... i would recommend that the serious student read the book by Ashcroft and Mermin instead of this rather shallow book..

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