The explosion of the science of mesoscopic structures is having a great impact on physics and electrical engineering because of the possible applications of these structures in microelectronic and optoelectronic devices of the future. This volume of Solid State Physics consists of two comprehensive and authoritative articles that discuss most of the physical problems that have so far been identified as being of importance in semiconductor nanostructures. Much of the volume is tutorial in characture--while at the same time presenting current and vital theoretical and experimental results and a copious reference list--so it will be essential reading to all those taking a part in the research and development of this emerging technology.


Researchers and advanced graduate students in condensed matter physical science and materials science.

Table of Contents

Paul R. Okamoto, Nghi Q. Lam, and Lynn E. Rehn, Physics of Crystal-to-Glass Transformations. Introduction. The Liquid-to-Glass Transition. Lattice Instability Models of the Crystal-to-Glass Transformation. The Generalized Lindemann Melting Criterion. Applications of the Lindemann Model to Solid-State Amorphization. Summary and Future Work. Michael E. Flatte and Jeff Buyers, Local Electronic Structure of Defects in Superconductors. Introduction. Bulk Properties of Defects in Superconductors. Techniques for Calculating the Local Properties of Defects in Superconductors. Analytic Solution of the Point Potential. Impurities in Superconductors with Isotropic Order Parameters. Impurities in Superconductors with Anisotropic Order Parameters. Impurities in Superconductors with Anisotropic Order Parameters. Brief Discussion of recent Results For Dynamical Spins. Summary. Peter Edwards, Roy Johnston,Friedrich Hensel, C. N. R. Rao, and David Tunstall, A Perspective on the Metal-Nonmetal Transition. From the Metallic to the Nonmetallic States of Matter. How Can We Visualize the Metal-Nonmetal Transition? Diverse Systems Exhibiting Metal-Nonmetal Transitions. Concluding Remarks. Index.


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