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Quantum Theory of Solids, 2nd Revised Edition

ISBN: 978-0-471-62412-7
528 pages
April 1987, ©1987
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A modern presentation of theoretical solid state physics that builds directly upon Kittel's Introduction to Solid State Physics. Treats phonon, electron, and magnon fields, culminating in the BCS theory of superconductivity. Considers Fermi surfaces and electron wave functions and develops the group theoretical description of Brillouin zones. Applies correlation functions to time-dependent effects in solids, with an introduction to Green's functions. With 110 problems, the text is well-suited for the classroom or for self-instruction.
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Table of Contents

Mathematical Introduction.

Acoustic Phonons.

Plasmons, Optical Phonons, and Polarization Waves.


Fermion Fields and the Hartree-Forck Approximation.

Many-Body Techniques and the Electron Gas.

Polarons and the Electron-Phonon Interaction.


Bloch Funcations--General Properties.

Brillouin Zones and Crystal Symmetry.

Dynamics of Electronics in a Magnetic Field: de Hass-van Alphen Effect and Cyclotron Resonance.


Calculation of Energy Bands and Fermi Surfaces.

Semiconductor Crystals: I. Energy Bands, Cyclotron Resonance and Impurity States.

Semiconductor Crystals: II.

Optical Absorption and Excitons.

Electrodynamics of Metals.

Acoustic Attenuation in Metals.

Theory of Alloys.

Correlation Functions and Neutron Diffraction by Crystals.

Recoilless Emission.

Green's Functions--Application to Solid State Physics.

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Author Information

About the author...Charles Kittel taught solid state physics at the University of California Berkeley from 1951 to 1978. Earlier he had been a member of the solid state physics group at Bell Laboratories. His undergraduate work in physics was a M.I.T. and at the Cavendish Laboratory of Cambridge University. His PhD was from the University of Wisconsin. He has been awarded the Oliver Buckley Prize for Solid State Physics and the Oersted Medal of the American Association of Physics Teachers He is a member of the National Academy of Science and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of a widely used introductory book on solid state physics.
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