Solid State Physics has not changed since its inception in 1955, and continues to provide a “mechanism ... whereby investigators and students can readily obtain a balanced view of the whole field”. What has changed, is the field and its extent. Its boundaries have gone well beyond what was once, traditionally, understood as solid state. Indeed, research on topics in materials physics, applied and basic, now requires expertise across a remarkably wide range of subjects and specialties. It is for this reason that there exists an important need for up-to-date, compact reviews of topical areas. The intention of these reviews is to provide a history and context for a topic that has matured sufficiently to warrant a guiding overview.
About the Editor: Robert Stamps, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada and Robert Camley, Department of Physics & Energy Science, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, USA.
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