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Electronic Properties of Materials Hardcover – June 19, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1441981639 ISBN-10: 1441981632 Edition: 4th ed. 2011. Corr. 3rd printing 2013

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From the reviews of the fourth edition:

“This is an excellent book for materials and electrical engineers, as well as advanced students. This book is divided into five distinct and self-contained parts, which makes it easier for the reader to find information on a particular area of interest. … contains many applications and problems that help to bridge the gap between physics and engineering. … For practicing engineers, this would be a good reference book. It would also be useful for someone looking to gain an overall concept of device physics.” (Ishtiaque Ahmed, Optics & Photonics News, April, 2012)

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This book on electrical, optical, magnetic, and thermal properties of materials differs from other introductory texts in solid-state physics. First, it is written for engineers, particularly materials and electrical engineers, who what to gain a fundamental understanding of semiconductor devices, magnetic materials, lasers, alloys, and so forth. Second, it stresses concepts rather than mathematical formalism, which should make the presentation relatively easy to read. Third, it is not an encyclopedia: The topics are restricted to material considered to be essential and that can be covered in one 15-week semester.

The book is divided into five parts. The first part, "Fundamentals of Electron Theory," introduces the essential quantum mechanical concepts needed for understanding materials science; the other parts may be read independently of each other. Many practical applications are discussed to provide students with an understanding of electronic devices currently in use. The solutions to the numerical problems are given in the appendix.

Previous editions have been well received by students and teachers alike. This Fourth Edition has again been thoroughly revised and brought up to date to take into account the explosive developments in electrical, optical, and magnetic materials and devices. Specifically, new topics have been added in the "applied sections," such as energy saving light sources, particularly compact fluorescence light fixtures, organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), organic photovoltaics (OPV cells), optical fibers,  pyroelectricity, phase-change memories, blue ray disks, holographic versatile disks, galvanoelectric phenomena (emphasizing the entire spectrum of primary and rechargeable batteries), graphene, quantum Hall effect, iron-based semiconductors (pnictides), etc. to mention just a few subjects.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 4th ed. 2011. Corr. 3rd printing 2013 edition (June 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441981632
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441981639
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have read many textbooks as an Engineering student.
Travis D Hilbig
He also provides a nice amount of supplemental reading to current literature regarding the subject matter.
pdubbbs
The book has a very simplified description for Electronic Properties of Materials.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 2003
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This is an excellent text for every electrical engineering student whether graduate or undergraduate. I found the information to be clear and concise which made the concepts easily manageable. The use of mathematical formulas are placed in such a way as to aid with the reading rather than to be overbearing as other solid-state physics texts can be. The author does a great job in sectioning the book into parts, thereby making it easier to focus on a particular area of interest without having to hunt for the deisred information. For practicing engineers, this is a good reference book, especially if you are looking to gain a further understanding of device physics.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 1999
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The author should be commended for writing a textbook that focuses on the concepts instead of mathematical formulas, making the subject easy to comprehend. At the same time, the formulas are there for more indepth understanding. Overall, a good textbook for an undergraduate student of materials science.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Payne on December 5, 2009
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I am taking Solid State Physics and my professor recommended this book along with 9 others separate from the text required for class. The text required for class can take a hike, but this book remained strong out of the 10 I checked out from the Library. I have the older version with a red cover but I have to say its pretty darn clear especially for such an abstract subject that even my professor has trouble explaining. Sometimes you find a gem. I wouldn't say it digs deep into any one thing but it does give an overview. I would seriously consider buying this book purely for reference durning my EE degree.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By pdubbbs on January 16, 2012
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Dr. Rolf Hummel is not only an amazing author but also a remarkable lecturer. I recently graduated from the University of Florida and was very gracious to have Professor Hummel for a few of my courses. He has an extraordinary way of connecting with students in the classroom, making the lectures very interactive. He likes to follow the textbook when he lectures, and this is perhaps why his teaching is so effective. This textbook is a MUST for any first or second year physics, chemistry, or any engineering discipline student. Dr. Hummel approaches quantum mechanics from a very light angel and does not scare the reader away from its complexity. The textbook has a very nice layout separated into electronic, optical, magnetic and thermal properties. He also provides a nice amount of supplemental reading to current literature regarding the subject matter.

Also Dr. Hummel mentioned in class that all of the procedes he receives from textbook sales, he donates to the university and various scientific organizations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Travis D Hilbig on May 28, 2011
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I have read many textbooks as an Engineering student. This is the best.
Very helpful Appendices that I have even referred to in other classes. Well organized chapters. Thorough and easy (relatively speaking) explanations.
My only complaint is chapter in-balance; Some chapters are only a few pages while others seem to last forever.
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