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Physics of Condensed Matter

Physics of Condensed Matter is designed for a two-semester graduate course on condensed matter physics for students in physics and materials science. While the book offers fundamental ideas and topic areas of condensed matter physics, it also includes many recent topics of interest on which graduate students may choose to do further research. The text can also be used as a one-semester course for advanced undergraduate majors in physics, materials science, solid state chemistry, and electrical engineering, because it offers a breadth of topics applicable to these majors.

The book begins with a clear, coherent picture of simple models of solids and properties and progresses to more advanced properties and topics later in the book. It offers a comprehensive account of the modern topics in condensed matter physics by including introductory accounts of the areas of research in which intense research is underway. The book assumes a working knowledge of quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, electricity and magnetism and Green's function formalism (for the second-semester curriculum).


Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students doing research in condensed matter physics, materials science, solid state chemistry and solid-state areas of electrical engineering.

Hardbound, 688 Pages

Published: December 2010

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-384954-0


  • "This book, with reasonable size, gives a general view of the physics of condensed matter with two main purposes in mind: firstly, to display a coherent and clear picture of classical simple models of crystalline solids, and secondly, to introduce modern topics in a form as simple as possible. It is written in eighteen chapters which are almost self-contained. Furthermore, all keywords of condensed matter are dealt with and expanded in a detailed manner: crystals, phonons, electrons, solids, semiconductors, electronics, spintronics, diamagnetism, paramagnetism, superconductivity, fermions, nanoclusters. This is a standard textbook designed for a one- or two-semester graduate course."--Zentralblatt MATH 1222-1


  • Chapter 1. Basic Properties of Crystals
    Chapter 2. Phonons and Lattice Vibrations
    Chapter 3. Free Electron Model
    Chapter 4. Nearly Free Electron Model
    Chapter 5. Band Structure Calculations
    Chapter 6. Static and Transport Properties of Solids
    Chapter 7. Electron-Electron Interaction
    Chapter 8. Dynamics of Bloch Electrons
    Chapter 9. Semiconductors
    Chapter 10. Electronics
    Chapter 11. Spintronics
    Chapter 12. Diamagnetism and Paramagnetism
    Chapter 13. Magnetic Ordering 
    Chapter 14. Superconductivity
    Chapter 15. Heavy Fermions
    Chapter 16. Metallic Nanoclusters
    Chapter 17. Complex Structures
    Chapter 18. Novel Materials
    Appendix A. Space Groups and Point Groups
    Appendix B. Mossbauer Effect
    Appendix C. Introduction to Renormalization Group Approach


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