James Livingston has written a highly readable undergraduate text introducing the physics and chemistry underlying the electronic properties of engineering solids. The first half of the text uses a semi-classical approach, while the second half introduces quantum mechanics and applies quantum chemistry and quantum physics to the basic properties of metals, insulators, and semiconductors.
Table of contents
Conductors and Resistors.
Windows, Doors, and Transparent Electrodes (Optical Properties of Conductors).
Insulators and Capacitors.
Lenses and Optical Fibers (Optical Properties of Insulators).
Inductors, Electromagnets, and Permanent Magnets.
Superconductors and Superconducting Magnets.
Elasticity, Springs, and Sonic Waves.
QUANTUM MECHANICAL APPROACH.
Light Particles, Electron Waves, and Quantum Wells, and Springs.
The Periodic Table, Atomic Spectra, and Neon Lights.
The Game Is Bonds, Interatomic Bonds.
From Bonds to Bands (and Why Grass Is Green).
Free Electron Waves in Metals.
Nearly-Free Electrons--Bands, Gaps, Holes, and Zones.
Metals and Insulators.
LEDs, Photodetectors, Solar Cells, and Transistors.
Suggestions for Further Reading.