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Electronic Structure: Basic Theory and Practical Methods (v. 1) [Paperback]

Richard M. Martin
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October 23, 2008 0521534402 978-0521534406 1
The study of the electronic structure of materials is at a momentous stage, with the emergence of new computational methods and theoretical approaches. This volume provides an introduction to the field and describes its conceptual framework, the capabilities of present methods, limitations, and challenges for the future. Many properties of materials can now be determined directly from the fundamental equations of quantum mechanics, bringing new insights into critical problems in physics, chemistry, and materials science.

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'The book places electronic structure in the context of elementary issues in physics, while at the same time emphasising its role in providing useful information on the properties of materials ... unified exposition of the basic theory and methods of electronic structure, together with instructive examples of practical computational methods and actual applications ... aim is to serve graduate students and scientists involved in research while acting as supplementary material for courses on condensed matter physics and material science ... Examples of problems are included in each chapter to bring out salient points and challenge the reader.' Materials World

Book Description

The study of the electronic structure of materials is at a momentous stage, with the emergence of new computational methods and theoretical approaches. Many properties of materials can now be determined directly from the fundamental equations of quantum mechanics, bringing new insights into critical problems in physics, chemistry, and materials science. This volume provides an introduction to the field and describes its conceptual framework, the capabilities of present methods, limitations, and challenges for the future. Each chapter presents thoughtful exercises to emphasize salient points and to challenge the reader's understanding.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 647 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (October 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521534402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521534406
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding July 6, 2004
Format:Hardcover
This book was recommended to me to help me in my research, and has turned out to be one of the best recommendations I have ever received. This is a great book; by far the best I have come across on the topic of computing the properties of condensed phase materials by quantum mechanical simulations. Here are the reasons why.
1. The chapters are well laid out and one chapter flows neatly to the next.
2. The math is kept to a minimum; the author makes a point of communicating important principles and ideas in concise sentences without resorting to derivations. This is ideal for engineers like me; who by training do not know that much math as compared to physicists who specialize in the solid state.
3. Important ideas are clarified up front. Many texts will lead the reader through long and windy paths of proofs and logic before arriving at the conclusion; thereby losing their reader in the process. Not here; important points are stated clearly at the beginning and at the end of each section.
4. Compare, contrast, and context. There are many ideas, models, approximations, and theorems that have been developed in the past century related to electronic structure. Many of these are closely related to each other in their inspiration, derivation, practice, and/or applications. This book makes the connections between the different concepts. For a non-expert reading through the electronic structure literature, terms like APW, OPW, PAW, LAPW, LMTO, etc... can be quite confusing if not placed within an overriding context. This book provides that context.
5. Good use of appendices. Electronic structure is a lot like politics; most practicioners in either field did not receive formal educations in the subject, but instead got into it under the apprenticeship of other people.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book March 21, 2006
Format:Hardcover
As a graduate student attempting to learn density functional theory and its use in computer programmes, I have found this book to be an excellent addition to my library. Well structured and written.
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It is recommended to all researchers and students involved in electronic structure calculations. But it's also very useful to have a different (and sometimes richer) perspective on solid state physics. The last edition has been enriched by topics before covered mostly by review papers (ex. maximally localized wannier functions, modern theory of polarization, O(n) methods etc... ).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! August 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A great book on electronic structure. A must have for scientists interested in this field. Useful for understanding theoretical calculations.
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