Solid State Physics: An Introduction / Edition 1

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Written by the 2011 Gaede Award Winner

Filling a gap in the literature for a brief course in solid sate physics, this is a clear and concise introduction that not only describes all the basic phenomena and concepts, but also discusses such advanced issues as magnetism and superconductivity. This textbook assumes only basic mathematical knowledge on the part of the reader and includes more than 100 discussion questions and some 70 problems with solutions as well as further supplementary material available for free to lecturers from the Wiley-VCH website.

From the Contents:

  • Chemical Bonding in Solids
  • Crystal Structures
  • Mechanical Properties
  • Thermal Properties of the Lattice
  • Electronic Properties of Metals: Classical Approach
  • Electronic Properties of Metals: Quantum Mechanical Approach
  • Semiconductors
  • Magnetism
  • Dielectrics
  • Superconductivity
  • Finite Solids and Nanostructures 
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Editorial Reviews

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... This textbook definitely has an interesting scope within an established field and it has been written with appealing didactic skills. This first edition truly deserves to be discovered by students of various disciplines, who want to obtain a quick introduction to solid state physics.
B. Jacoby, European Journal of Physics 30, 919
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783527408610
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/10/2008
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 233
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Hofmann studied physics at the Free University, Berlin and did his PhD research at the Fritz-Haber-Institute of the Max Planck Society, also in Berlin. He stayed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA, as a Feodor Lynen Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In 1998, he moved to the University of Aarhus, Denmark, where he is associated with the Synchrotron Radiation Source and the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO). His research is primarily focused on the electronic structure of solids and their surfaces.
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Table of Contents


1. Chemical Bonding in Solids.

1.1 Attractive and Repulsive Forces.

1.2 Ionic Bonding.

1.3 Covalent Bonding.

1.4 Metallic Bonding.

1.5 Hydrogen Bonding.

1.6 van der Waals Bonding.

1.7 Discussion and Problems.

2. Crystal Structures.

2.1 General Description of Crystal Structures.

2.2 Some Important Crystal Structures.

2.3 Crystal Structure Determination.

2.4 Discussion and Problems.

3. Mechanical Properties.

3.1 Elastic Deformation.

3.2 Plastic Deformation.

3.3 Discussion and Problems.

4. Thermal Properties of the Lattice.

4.1 Lattice Vibrations.

4.2 Heat Capacity of the Lattice.

4.3 Thermal Conductivity.

4.4 Thermal Expansion.

4.5 Allotropic Phase Transitions and Melting.

4.6 Discussion and Problems.

5. Electronic Properties of Metals: Classical Approach.

5.1 Basic Assumptions of the Drude Model.

5.2 Results from the Drude Model.

5.3 Shortcomings of the Drude Model.

5.4 Discussion and Problems.

6. Electronic Properties of Metals: Quantum Mechanical Approach.

6.1 The Idea of Energy Bands.

6.2 Free Electron Model.

6.3 The General Form of the Electronic States.

6.4 Nearly Free Electron Model.

6.5 Energy Bands in Real Solids.

6.6 Transport Properties.

6.7 Brief Review of Some Key Ideas.

6.8 Discussion and Problems.

7. Semiconductors.

7.1 Intrinsic Semiconductors.

7.2 Doped Semiconductors.

7.3 Conductivity of Semiconductors.

7.4 Semiconductor Devices.

7.5 Discussion and Problems.

8. Magnetism.

8.1 Macroscopic Description.

8.2 Magnetic Effects in Atoms.

8.3 Weak Magnetism in Solids.

8.4 Magnetic Ordering.

8.5 Discussion and Problems.

9. Dielectrics.

9.1 Macroscopic Description.

9.2 Microscopic Polarization.

9.3 The Local Field.

9.4 Frequency Dependence of the Dielectric Constant.

9.5 Other Effects.

9.6 Discussion and Problems.

10. Superconductivity.

10.1 Basic Experimental Facts.

10.2 Some Theoretical Aspects.

10.3 Experimental Detection of the Gap.

10.4 Coherence of the Superconducting State.

10.5 Type I and Type II Superconductors.

10.6 High-Temperature Superconductivity.

10.7 Concluding Remarks.

10.8 Discussion and Problems.

11. Finite Solids and Nanostructures.

11.1 Quantum Confinement.

11.2 Surfaces and Interfaces.

11.3 Magnetism on the Nanoscale.

11.4 Discussion and Problems.



Further Reading.

Physical Constants and Energy Equivalents.


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