taken by Stuart Robinson 2005
When you look at a solid object like this crystal, what do you see?
For years I've been fascinated by what lies beneath the surface of solids, so it's not surprising that my favourite subject at college was materials technology, and that I became engrossed in solid state physics at university. This interest led me to write an undergraduate textbook on the physics of solids called "Understanding Solid State Physics" which was published by Taylor & Francis in December 2009.
My aim is to make the subject as easy to understand as possible - not only for physics students, but also for students and researchers in other subjects such as materials science, electrical engineering and chemistry. To help achieve this, I have written in a similar style to that of a popular science book, and included several fully-worked example questions/problems in each chapter - many of which allow readers to test their knowledge as they go along. (If you'd like to test your knowledge of solid state physics right now, please click here to have a go at my online video quiz.) I am also highlighting recent research throughout, and emphasising the real-world applications of the topics being discussed. (Please page down for the list of contents.)
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discussions, explanations of the
science and how it relates to the everyday world around us, this
promises to be an important work for students and general readers."
Dr John Navas, Senior Editor, Physics, Taylor & Francis.
"The book is
written in a very user-friendly and engaging style, as one might expect
from a science writer/journalist. This way, the author succeeds in
making the material approachable and interesting. The presentation is
not as formal as most treatments. The emphasis is less on the
theoretical and mathematical basis of the subject and more on the
intuitive understanding of ideas and concepts, but the approach is
fresh and the explanations are clear. What I like most of all is that
it brings solid-state physics up-to-date, introducing modern topics and
showing how the core ideas in condensed matter physics underpin so much
of the technology we use today."
Professor Andrew Boothroyd, Oxford University, UK
"I was indeed amused and inspired
wonderful images throughout the book, carefully selected by the author.
These images and corresponding contexts, together with the thoughtful
considerations of the difficulties of the freshmen to solid state
physics like me, who may find it hard to follow the maths in the
classics like Kittel's or Mermin's fulfils very well the goal of the
Yang Gan, Harbin Institute of Technology, P.R. China, UK Physical Sciences Centre Reviews, July 2010.
each category - Academic Content, Usefulness to Student, Usefulness to
Teacher, Meets Objectives, and Accuracy."
Summary Review from UK Physical Sciences Centre Reviews, July 2010.
"Holgate...presents a textbook
introductory undergraduate course in physics that explains the
underlying physical and mathematical principles that most such
textbooks, perhaps unwittingly, assume the students already know. She
also relates the theories and concepts to the real world, to
demonstrate how learning a bit of physics can help people get by in
life outside school."
Annotation © 2010 Book News Inc., Portland, OR.
List of Contents:
2 CRYSTAL CLEAR - Bonding and Crystal
|2.1 Bonding in solids
2.2 Crystalline Solids
3 THE REJECTION OF PERFECTION - Defects, Amorphous Materials and Polymers
3.2 Amorphous materials
STRESSED OUT - The Mechanical Properties of Solids
Introduction to mechanical properties of solids
4.2 The right material for the job
IN, OUT, SHAKE IT ALL ABOUT - Diffraction, Phonons and Thermal
Properties of Solids
5.2 Lattice vibrations and phonons
5.3 Thermal properties
UNABLE TO RESIST - Metals, Semiconductors and Superconductors
Free electron models of electrical
6.2 Energy band formation
6.3 Simple band theory
6.4 Elemental and compound semiconductors
CHIPS WITH EVERYTHING - Semiconductor Devices and Dielectrics
Introduction to Semiconductor Devices
7.2 Optoelectronic devices
7.3 Device manufacture
LIVING IN A MAGNETIC WORLD - Magnetism and its Applications
8.2 Types of magnetism
8.3 Technological applications of magnets and magnetism