Basic Physics of Nanoscience - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128137185

Basic Physics of Nanoscience

1st Edition

Traditional Approaches and New Aspects at the Ultimate Level

Authors: Wolfram Schommers
Paperback ISBN: 9780128137185
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st October 2018
Page Count: 312
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Basic Physics of Nanoscience: Traditional Approaches and New Aspects at the Ultimate Level describes properties at the nanolevel, along with their self-organizing quantum processes. The book includes future developments, properties, and the structure and dynamics of nanosystems as a function of temperature. In addition, self-organizing quantum processes, which are essential in the design of new nanosystems, are analyzed in detail, with new aspects relating to the quantum-theoretical nature of time also presented. Final sections focus on a discussion of the effect of nanotechnological manipulations of brain functions and the need for the development of reliable models for the matter-mind complex.

Key Features

  • Discusses nanoscience at the ultimate level where the properties of molecular (atomic) matter emerge
  • Argues classical approaches in nanoscience, along with other aspects, such as the quantum-physical nature of time
  • Features an interdisciplinary approach, covering various disciplines, such as physics, behavior research, brain research, the matter-mind-problem, and philosophical implications
  • Written by famous scientist in nanophysics


Advanced students and academic researchers in physics, materials science and neuroscience

Table of Contents

1. Complexity of Nanosystems

1.1 Directions in Theoretical and Computational Nanoscience

1.2 Bulk-states and Nano-states

1.3 Standard Model for Nanosystems

2. Levels of Theoretical Descriptions

3. Traditional Descriptions (classical and usual quantum-theoretical approaches)

4. Materials Science and Nanodesign: Some Simple Examples

4.1 Interactions and their Relevance in connection with Nanosystems

4.2 Structure and Dynamics

4.3 Temperature Effects and Spontaneous Structural Transformations at the nanolevel

5. Brain Functions

5.1 Manipulations of Brain Functions

5.2 Behaviour Research (the Experiments by W. Schleidt, the view of Konrad Lorenz, etc.)

6. Ultimate Level and the Descriptions on it

7. The Physics of Becoming

8. On the Relevance and the Description of Self-organizing Systems

8.1 Self-organizing Processes

8.2 Reliable Model Calculation are necessary

8.3 Dangerous Situations in Medicine etc.

9. The Problem with Time (Schrödinger, Pauli, Prigogine)

10. A Quantum-Theoretical Aspect of Time

10.1 The time in traditional physics

10.2 On the introduction of a Time-operator


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About the Author

Wolfram Schommers

Wolfram Schommers is Professor of Theoretical Physics, Professor of Physics and Materials Sciences, and also Distinguished Professor of Physics in Europe, China and USA. He studied Theoretical Physics at the Technical Universities of Munich, and Münster, where he received the Diploma in Physics. After a brief intermezzo in the industry, he joined the Research Center of Karlsruhe and received his PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Karlsruhe. Professor Schommers’ scientific activities are concentrated on Computational and Theoretical Physics. His main research interests are nanophysics (nanoclusters, nanostructures and nanomachines, temperature effects, electronic states) and foundations of physics. He has published his researches and thoughts in 214 articles and book chapters. He authored/edited the following books: Nanodesign (World Scientific, 2014), Quantum Processes (World Scientific, 2011), Handbook of Theoretical and Computational Nanotechnology (10 volume set), (ASPBS, 2006). He is Principle Editor of the Book Series Foundations of Natural Science and Technology (World Scientific), Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience, and Quantum Matter, European Editor of Advanced Science Letters (American Science Publishers). From 2005 to 2011 he was Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Modern Physics B (World Scientific), and Modern Physics Letters B (World Scientific). He is Invited Member of the Humboldt Academy, Academic Board of the Humboldt Society, and Advisory Board of Medical Ethics of the 21th Century.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Theoretical Physics, University of Texas, Arlington, USA and Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

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