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The Physics of Solids

Essentials and Beyond

  • Eleftherios N. Economou

Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
  2. An Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Eleftherios N. Economou
      Pages 3-20
    3. Eleftherios N. Economou
      Pages 21-45
    4. Eleftherios N. Economou
      Pages 47-79
  3. Two Simple Models for Solids

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Eleftherios N. Economou
      Pages 83-111
    3. Eleftherios N. Economou
      Pages 149-175
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      Pages 177-209
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      Pages 211-241
  4. More About Periodicity & its Consequences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
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    5. Eleftherios N. Economou
      Pages 325-347
  5. Materials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 349-349
    2. Eleftherios N. Economou
      Pages 351-391
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      Pages 393-408
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      Pages 409-436
    5. Eleftherios N. Economou
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  6. Deviations from Periodicity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 469-469
    2. Eleftherios N. Economou
      Pages 471-498
    3. Eleftherios N. Economou
      Pages 499-541
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      Pages 543-565
  7. Correlated Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 567-567
    2. Eleftherios N. Economou
      Pages 569-594
    3. Eleftherios N. Economou
      Pages 595-624
    4. Eleftherios N. Economou
      Pages 625-654
    5. Eleftherios N. Economou
      Pages 655-682
  8. Appendices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 683-683
    2. Eleftherios N. Economou
      Pages 685-696
    3. Eleftherios N. Economou
      Pages 697-712
    4. Eleftherios N. Economou
      Pages 713-722
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    6. Eleftherios N. Economou
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    7. Eleftherios N. Economou
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    8. Eleftherios N. Economou
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 779-865

About this book

Introduction

This textbook emphasizes a few fundamental principles and extracts from them a wealth of information. This approach also unifies an enormous and diverse subject which seems to consist of too many disjoint pieces. The book starts with the absolute minimum of formal tools, emphasizes the basic principles, and employs physical reasoning (" a little thinking and imagination" to quote R. Feynman) to obtain results. Continuous comparison with experimental data leads naturally to a gradual refinement of the concepts and to more sophisticated methods. After the initial overview with an emphasis on the physical concepts and the derivation of results by dimensional analysis, The Physics of Solids deals with the Jellium Model (JM) and the Linear Combination of Atomic Orbitals (LCAO) approaches to solids and introduces the basic concepts and information regarding metals and semiconductors. The remainder, constituting enrichment and elective material, re-examines the model under more realistic assumptions as well as new, more advanced subjects. While prerequisites include quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, and statistical physics, appendices summarizing these subjects are included to make the book more self-contained. The basic text is enhanced with worked problems, copious illustrations, chapter-end exercises and summaries. The approach, which emphasizes the underlying physical concepts, unifies to some extent a subject that can seem too diverse and consisting of too many disjoint pieces, requires from students less memorizing of facts and formalisms but more thinking.

Keywords

Jellium Model Linear combination of atomic orbitals Principles of solid state physics Textbook condensed matter physics Textbook solid state physics crystal thermodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  • Eleftherios N. Economou
    • 1
  1. 1.Foundation for Research and, Technology-Hellas (FORTH)University of CreteHeraklion, CreteGreece

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-02069-8
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-02068-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-02069-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1868-4513
  • Series Online ISSN 1868-4521
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