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Introduction to Solid State Physics / Edition 8

Introduction to Solid State Physics / Edition 8

by Charles Kittel


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Introduction to Solid State Physics / Edition 8

New edition of the most widely-used textbook on solid state physics in the world. Describes how the excitations and imperfections of actual solids can be understood with simple models that have firmly established scope and power. The foundation of this book is based on experiment, application and theory. Several significant advances in the field have been added including high temperature superconductors, quasicrystals, nanostructures, superlattices, Bloch/Wannier levels, Zener tunneling, light-emitting diodes and new magnetic materials.

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ISBN-13: 2900471415267
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/28/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 704
Product dimensions: 7.74(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.21(d)

About the Author

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

He has been awarded three Guggenheim fellowships, the OliverBuckley Prize for Solid State Physics, and, for contributions toteaching, the Oersted Medal of the American Association of PhysicsTeachers, He is a member of the National Academy of Science and ofthe American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Table of Contents

Crystal Structure.
Reciprocal Lattice.
Crystal Binding and Elastic Constants.
Phonons I: Crystal Vibrations.
Phonons II: Thermal Properties.
Free Electron Fermi Gas.
Energy Bands.
Semiconductor Crystals.
Fermi Surfaces and Metals.
Plasmons, Polaritons, and Polarons.
Optical Processes and Excitons.
Dielectrics and Ferroelectrics.
Diamagnetism and Paramagnetism.
Ferromagnetism and Antiferromagnetism.
Magnetic Resonance.
Noncrystalline Solids.
Point Defects.
Surface and Interface Physics.
Subject Index.
Table of SI Prefixes.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.