Understanding Solid State Physics: Problems and Solutions

Jacques Cazaux

February 24, 2016 by Pan Stanford
Textbook - 670 Pages - 5 Color & 252 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9789814267892 - CAT# N11371

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Features

  • Provides a quasi systematic investigation of the influence of dimensionality changes, from 1D to 3D, via surfaces and 2D quantum wells, on the physical properties of solids
  • Features problems and comments inspired from some Nobel awards in Physics [neutron diffraction (1994), quantum Hall effect (1985), semiconducting heterostructures (1973), tunnel microscope (1986), superconductivity (1987), etc.]
  • Solves popular questions such as Why is nickel ferromagnetic but not copper? Why is diamond a transparent insulating material but with an excellent thermal conductivity? Why does the crystalline structure of CuZn alloys change with the atomic concentration of one of the two elements?

Summary

The correlation between the microscopic composition of solids and their macroscopic (electrical, optical, thermal) properties is the goal of solid state physics. This book is the deeply revised version of the French book Initiation à la physique du solide: exercices comméntes avec rappels de cours, written more than 20 years ago. It has five sections that start with a brief textbook introduction followed by exercises, problems with solutions, and comments and that are concluded with questions. It presents a quasi-systematic investigation of the influence of dimensionality changes, from 1D to 3D, via surfaces and 2D quantum wells, on the physical properties of solids. The aim of this book is to teach solid state physics through the use of problems and solutions giving orders of magnitude and answers to simple questions of this field. The numerous comments and problems in the book are inspired from some Nobel Prize–winning research in physics, such as neutron diffraction (1994), quantum Hall effect (1985), semiconducting heterostructures (1973), and tunnel microscope (1986), superconductivity (1987). The book will be helpful for undergraduate- and graduate-level students of solid state physics and chemistry and researchers in physics, chemistry, and materials science.