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Solid State Physics: An Introduction Paperback – November 17, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-3527408610 ISBN-10: 3527408614 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-VCH; 1 edition (November 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3527408614
  • ISBN-13: 978-3527408610
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"The positive moments of the books are the discussions and problems presented in the end of each chapter of the textbook." (Zentralblatt MATH, 2011)

"This textbook definitely has an interesting scope within an established field and it has been written with appealing didactic skills.” ( Southwest IOP Science, July 2009)

“The book is very well presented. The book's strength is undoubtedly the breadth of coverage.” (Reviews, May 2009)

From the Back Cover

Filling a gap in the literature for a brief course in solid sate physics, this is a clear and concise introduction that not only describes all the basic phenomena and concepts, but also discusses such advanced issues as magnetism and superconductivity. This textbook assumes only basic mathematical knowledge on the part of the reader and includes more than 100 discussion questions and some 70 problems with solutions as well as further supplementary material available for free to lecturers from the Wiley-VCH website.

From the Contents:

  • Chemical Bonding in Solids
  • Crystal Structures
  • Mechanical Properties
  • Thermal Properties of the Lattice
  • Electronic Properties of Metals: Classical Approach
  • Electronic Properties of Metals: Quantum Mechanical Approach
  • Semiconductors
  • Magnetism
  • Dielectrics
  • Superconductivity
  • Finite Solids and Nanostructures

More About the Author

Philip Hofmann was born in Berlin in 1967. He studied physics at the Free University, Berlin, and did his PhD research at the Fritz-Haber-Institute of the Max Planck Society, also in Berlin. He stayed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA, as a Feodor Lynen Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In 1998, he moved to the University of Aarhus, Denmark, where he is associated with the Synchrotron Radiation Source and the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO). His research is primarily focused on the electronic structure of solids and their surfaces.

If you are interested in more information on Philip Hofmann's research and teaching, including an online course on surface science and extensive resources for the book "Solid State Physics: An Introduction" (lectures, figures, equations, erratum), you can find these on his web page

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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wolf Kohn on October 5, 2010
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The book is a good summary for technical involved in disciplines "touching" semiconductor applications which need to become conversant on the principles and phenomenology characterizing solid state systems.
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