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Solid State Physics for Metallurgists - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080136561, 9781483139104

Solid State Physics for Metallurgists

1st Edition

International Series of Monographs on Metal Physics and Physical Metallurgy

Author: Richard J. Weiss
Editor: G. V. Raynor
eBook ISBN: 9781483139104
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1963
Page Count: 424
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Metal Physics and Physical Metallurgy, Volume 6: Solid State Physics for Metallurgists provides an introduction to the basic understanding of the properties that make materials useful to mankind. This book discusses the electronic structure of matter, which is the domain of solid state physics. Organized into 12 chapters, this volume begins with an overview of the electronic structure of free atoms and the electronic structure of solids. This text then examines the basis of the Bloch theorem, which is the exact periodicity of the potential. Other chapters consider the fundamental assumption in the solid whereby the bonding electrons between atoms act as nearly harmonic oscillator spring being somewhat stiffer in compression than expansion. This book discusses as well the various properties of the nucleus. The final chapter deals with the different experimental measurements on copper and iron. This book is a valuable resource for metallurgists, experimentalists, and solid state physicists.

Table of Contents

List of Tables



Chapter I. The Atom

Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

The Schrödinger Equation

The Hydrogen Atom

The Heisenberg uncertainty principle


The Helium Atom

Hartree Self-Consistent Field

Pauli Exclusion Principle

Building Up the Periodic Table

The Properties of the Elements in the Periodic Table


Chapter Summary

Chapter II. The Molecule and the Solid

The Hydrogen Molecule

Other Molecules

Theoretical Approach to More Complicated Molecules



Electron Theory of Solids, Lithium Metal

Various Methods for Solving the Schrödinger Equation for Crystals

Free Electron Theory

The Bonding Electrons in the Periodic Table

Crystal Field Theory; Liquids

The Bonding Electrons in Transition Metals and Rare Earth Metals

Electronic Origin of Magnetism


Chapter III. Temperature and Pressure

The Meaning of Temperature

The Harmonic Oscillator

The Anharmonic Oscillator

Coupled Harmonic Oscillators

How to Determine the Eigenvalues of a Crystal

One Dimensional Chain of Atoms

Normal Modes in Three Dimensions


Debye Theory

Frequency Spectrum for Vanadium


Elastic Constants

Electronic Specific Heat

Fermi-Dirac Function

Magnetic Specific Heat, Spin Waves

Thermodynamics of Phase Changes

Effects of Pressure



Chapter Summary

Chapter IV. The Nucleus

Static Properties of the Nucleus

Dynamical Properties of the Nucleus


Chapter Summary


Chapter V. Experimental Techniques


Sample Preparation

Analysis of Pure Metals

Analysis of Alloys


Chapter Summary

Chapter VI. Diffraction

What can be Learned from Diffraction

X-RAYS—X-ray Diffraction Equipment

Crystal Structure Determinations

Atomic Sizes in Alloys

Short Range Order

Long Range Order

Theory of Ordering

How to Determine the Electron Probability Distribution

Experimental Difficulties, in Determining Electron Probability Distributions

Converting the Structure Factor into an Electron Probability Distribution

Determination of Electron Probability Distributions from Compton Scattering

Thermal Scattering of X-rays

NEUTRONS—Introduction to Neutron Diffraction

Experimental Details

Determining the Arrangement of Magnetic Moments in a Crystal

The Magnetic Structure of the Transition Metals

The Magnetic Structure of the Rare Earth Metals

Ordered Alloys

Size Effects

Extinction Effects

Diffuse Scattering


Determination of the Unpaired Electron Probability Distribution

Neutron Diffraction of Nickel

Neutron Magnetic Scattering of Iron

Thermal Scattering of Neutrons

Experimental Techniques

Thermal Scattering from Silicon and Aluminum


Electron Probability Distribution in Argon Gas

Electron Diffraction of Molecules, Surfaces, etc.


Chapter summary

Chapter VII. Spectroscopy of the Solid


How Photons Interact with Solids

Absorption of X-rays in Argon

Emission of X-rays from Argon

X-ray Emission from Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, and Ge

Determination of the Density of States in Beryllium

Fluorescent Yield

Structure of X-ray Absorption Edge


Experimental Techniques in X-ray Emission

Optical Absorption in Diamond

The Color and Band Structure of Copper and Silver

Experimental Techniques in the Optical Region


Chapter Summary

Chapter VIII. Transport Properties


Types of Measurements



De Haas Van Alphen Effect

Cyclotron Resonance

Anomalous Skin Effect

Hall Effect

Thermoelectric Power



Chapter Summary

Chapter IX. Thermodynamics and Cohesion


Experimental Details of Specific Heat and Heat Content Measurements

Analysis of the Specific Heat of Iron

Low Temperature Specific Heat of Cobalt

Nuclear Quadrupole Contribution to the Specific Heat

Information Gained from Specific Heat Measurements

Experimental Measurement of Thermal Conductivity

Thermal Conductivity of Copper and Nickel

Thermal Conductivity at Low Temperature

Ultrasonic Experimental Technique

Ultrasonic Attenuation in a Magnetic Field

Thermodynamics and Cohesion of Alloys

Hume-Rothery Rules

Thermodynamics of Copper-Gold and Platinum-Gold Alloys

Experimental Techniques



Pressure Measurements


Chapter Summary

Chapter X. Magnetization


Experimental Techniques

Results of Measurements

Orbital Diamagnetism

Ferromagnetic Metals

Antiferromagnetic Metals


Pauli Paramagnetism

Orbital Diamagnetism

Exchange Polarization of Electrons in Metallic Bands

Van Vleck Paramagnetism

Ferromagnetic Resonance

Antiferromagnetic Resonance

Paramagnetic Resonance of Transition Metal and Rare Earth Atoms

Paramagnetic Resonance of Electrons at Fermi Level

Einstein de Haas Effect


Chapter Summary

Chapter XI. Nuclear Measurements


Theoretical Background for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance (NQR)

How the Measurements are Made

The Knight Shift in Lithium, Sodium and Beryllium

The Knight Shift in Silver-Cadmium Alloys

The Ferromagnetic Shift in Iron

Pure Quadrupole Resonance in Gallium

Pressure and Temperature Dependence of Knight Shift

Intensity of Cold Worked Copper

Intensity of the Resonance in Dilute Copper Alloys

The Second Moment

Anisotropic Knight Shift in Tin, Thallium, Cadium and Mercury

Exchange Broadening in Silver

Nuclear Resonance in Manganese

Line Shape in Cold Worked Copper

Diffusion in Sodium

Theory of Diffusion

Relaxation Times in Aluminum and Copper

Overhauser Effect

Theory of the Mössbauer Effect

Mössbauer Effect in Iron

Diffusion Studies with Radioactive Tracers


Radiation Damage in Copper

Elemental Analysis by Activation

Radioactivity and its Health Hazard

Van de Graaff Accelerators

Positron Annihilation in Solids


Chapter Summary

Chapter XII. Jig-Saw Puzzle; Problem in Synthesis


Electronic Structure of Copper and Iron

Solutions of the Schrödinger Equation for an Imperfect Crystal


Chapter Summary

Appendix I. Thermodynamics Tables

Debye Entropy

Debye Energy

Debye Specific Heat

Appendix II. Nuclear Tables

Nuclear Magnetic Moments, Nuclear Quadrupole Moments, Nuclear Spins

Absorption Cross Sections, Coherent Scattering Cross Sections, Total Scattering Cross Sections for Thermal Neutrons

Appendix III.

Suggested References

Constants and Conversion Factors

General References

List of Symbols According to Chapters



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About the Author

Richard J. Weiss

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G. V. Raynor

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