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Two Nanotech Scientists Publish New Text

Updated: Oct 25, 2019

The new text is intended for beginning graduate students and advanced undergraduates.

This text covers the typical introduction to solid state physics from an entirely new perspective, introducing arguments of dimension and symmetry early on.

A Different Format

“Much of the data presented and discussed in the book comes directly from the WFU Nanotech Center..”

The text is written in a far more relaxed and approachable style, with numerous diagrams and cartoons create by the authors, as well as historical background information on many of the topics discussed. Most importantly, however, is the use of HW to dramatically extend concepts and help the student get used to working through topics on his/her own.


An essential guide to solid state physics through the lens of dimensionality and symmetry Foundations of Solid State Physics introduces the essential topics of solid state physics as taught globally with a focus on understanding the properties of solids from the viewpoint of dimensionality and symmetry. Written in a conversational manner and designed to be accessible, the book contains a minimal amount of mathematics. The authors? noted experts on the topic? offer an insightful review of the basic topics, such as the static and dynamic lattice in real space, the reciprocal lattice, electrons in solids, and transport in materials and devices. The book also includes more advanced topics: the quasi-particle concept (phonons, solitons, polarons, excitons), strong electron-electron correlation, light-matter interactions, and spin systems. The authors' approach makes it possible to gain a clear understanding of conducting polymers, carbon nanotubes, nanowires, two-dimensional chalcogenides, perovskites and organic crystals in terms of their expressed dimension, topological connectedness, and quantum confinement. This important guide:-Offers an understanding of a variety of technology-relevant solid-state materials in terms of their dimension, topology and quantum confinement-Contains end-of-chapter problems with different degrees of difficulty to enhance understanding-Treats all classical topics of solid state physics courses-plus the physics of low-dimensional systems Written for students in physics, material sciences, and chemistry, lecturers, and other academics, Foundations of Solid State Physics explores the basic and advanced topics of solid state.

Available from Wiley-VCH

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