Solid State Physics is a textbook for students of physics, material science, chemistry, and engineering. It is the state-of-the-art presentation of the theoretical foundations and application of the quantum structure of matter and materials.

This second edition provides timely coverage of the most important scientific breakthroughs of the last decade (especially in low-dimensional systems and quantum transport). It helps build readers' understanding of the newest advances in condensed matter physics with rigorous yet clear mathematics. Examples are an integral part of the text, carefully designed to apply the fundamental principles illustrated in the text to currently active topics of research.

Basic concepts and recent advances in the field are explained in tutorial style and organized in an intuitive manner. The book is a basic reference work for students, researchers, and lecturers in any area of solid-state physics.

Key Features

  • Features additional material on nanostructures, giving students and lecturers the most significant features of low-dimensional systems, with focus on carbon allotropes
  • Offers detailed explanation of dissipative and nondissipative transport, and explains the essential aspects in a field, which is commonly overlooked in textbooks
  • Additional material in the classical and quantum Hall effect offers further aspects on magnetotransport, with particular emphasis on the current profiles
  • Gives a broad overview of the band structure of solids, as well as presenting the foundations of the electronic band structure. Also features reported with new and revised material, which leads to the latest research


Primary Market: Upper level undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, Researchers and academics in the field of structure of matter and solid state physics.
Secondary Market: (Post) Graduate students in Materials Science, Chemistry and Engineering.

Table of Contents

Preface to the second edition

Preface to the first edition

Chapter 1. Electrons in One-Dimensional Periodic Potentials


1.1 The Bloch Theorem for One-Dimensional Periodicity

1.2 Energy Levels of a Single Quantum Well and of a Periodic Array of Quantum Wells

1.3 Transfer Matrix, Resonant Tunneling, and Energy Bands

1.4 The Tight-Binding Model

1.5 Plane Waves and Nearly Free-Electron Model

1.6 Some Dynamical Aspects of Electrons in Band Theory

Appendix A Solved Problems and Complements

Further Reading

Chapter 2. Geometrical Description of Crystals: Direct and Reciprocal Lattices


2.1 Simple Lattices and Composite Lattices

2.2 Geometrical Description of Some Crystal Structures

2.3 Wigner-Seitz Primitive Cells

2.4 Reciprocal Lattices

2.5 Brillouin Zones

2.6 Translational Symmetry and Quantum Mechanical Aspects

2.7 Density-of-States and Critical Points

Further Reading

Chapter 3. The Sommerfeld Free-Electron Theory of Metals


3.1 Quantum Theory of the Free-Electron Gas

3.2 Fermi-Dirac Distribution Function and Chemical Potential

3.3 Electronic Specific Heat in Metals and Thermodynamic Functions

3.4 Thermionic Emission from Metals

Appendix A Outline of Statistical Physics and Thermodynamic Relations

Appendix B Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein Statistics for Independent Particles

Appendix C Modified Fermi-Dirac Statistics in a Model of Correlation Effects

Further reading

Chapter 4. The One-Electron Approximation and Beyond


4.1 Introductory Remarks on the Many-Electron Problem

4.2 The Hartree Equations

4.3 Identical Particles and Determinantal Wavefunctions

4.4 Matrix Elements Between Determinantal States

4.5 The Hartree-Fock Equations



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About the authors

Giuseppe Grosso

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Physics, University of Pisa, Italy

Giuseppe Parravicini

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Physics, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italia