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Solid State Physics [Hardcover]

Neil W. Ashcroft , N. David Mermin
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January 2, 1976 0030839939 978-0030839931 1
This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of solid state physics for undergraduate students in physics, chemistry, engineering, and materials science.

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The Drude Theory of Metals. The Sommerfeld Theory of Metals. Failures of the Free Electron Model. Crystal Lattices. The Reciprocal Lattice. Determination of Crystal Structures by X-Ray Diffraction. Classification of Bravais Lattices and Crystal Structures. Electron levels in a Periodic Potential: General Properties. Electrons in a Weak Periodic Potential. The Tight-Binding Method. Other Methods for Calculating Band Structure. The Semiclassical Model of Electron Dynamics. The Semiclassical Theory of Conduction in Metals. Measuring the Fermi Surface. Band Structure of Selected Metals. Beyond the Relaxation. Time Approximation. Beyond the Independent Electron Approximation. Surface Effects. Classification of Solids. Cohesive Energy. Failures of the Static Lattice Model. Classical Theory of the Harmonic Crystal. Quantum Theory of the Harmonic Crystal. Measuring Phonon Dispersion Relations. Anharmonic Effects in Crystals. Phonons in Metals. Dielectric Properties of Insulators. Homogeneous Semiconductors. Inhomogeneous Semiconductors. Defects in Crystals. Diamagnetism and Paramagnetism. Electron Interactions and Magnetic Structure. Magnetic Ordering. Superconductivity. Appendices.

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  • Hardcover: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 1 edition (January 2, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0030839939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0030839931
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old, but still best January 16, 2004
Whenever you think about learning Solid State Physics, or the first stage of Condensed Matter Physics for college level, the Ashcroft/Mermin book is always the first textbook that you should chose. It covers almost everything basic carefully.
But a couple of things make the evaluation lower.
First, and obviously, the book is too old. It was published 18 years ago and never got any new edition. During this long long long time, Solid State Physics has already changed much. Semiconductors are already the most important topics and the discoveries of high Tc Superconductivity and Quantum Hall Effect in low dimensional systems have already largely switched people's interest in physics of Solid to a regime stressed on interactions and disorders... Many books start trying to put these topics together, but nothing better than seeing a new version of Ashcroft/Mermin with the new topics well integrated in.
The other one is about the presentation of this book. I just taught the class of Solid State Physics last year for the first time, and it turns out the presentation of the book is not so friendly to everyone. The chaptors of Nearly free electrons and Tight Binding model of the Band Theory are made fairly long, while not constructed in the best way, resulting in the puzzle of many students. Of course, if you study carefully, you still can get the ideas, but a lot of time is wasted. Considering the importance of these chaptors, this really pulls back the evaluation of the book. My suggestion is, when you study Solid State Physics, have more books as your reference, don't stick only on A/M when you feel troubled, although the A/M is still the best one in general.
I really hope the new edition of this book comes out soon, but considering the age of the authors, it may never happen.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introductory book for solid-state physicists September 24, 2000
Ashcroft and Mermin is an "amplified" version of basic solid state book! Must have!
This book offers an excellent, step-by-step introduction to crucial concepts of solid-state physics. I think, the authors have nicely avoided "reasoning surprises" that usually bother novice readers. To read this book smoothly, certainly you need "Physics 101" background; but other than that, the book seems to be self-contained. But don't be surprised if the problems are quite challenging (some are tough)!
The development of solid-state physics is presented in a more historical fashion--in opposition to rigid, systematic, definitive, and (sometimes) boring way that is commonly adopted by many other solid-state books.
In my opinion (hopefully wrong), this book has some shortcomings:
(1) detailed technical aspects, e.g. in XRD--you must refer to other technical books if you want to delve into them.
(2) links to interesting, research-related topics in modern solid state physics.
(3) new editions since the first release (how come?? Solid state physics has grown rapidly!).
These are probably due to the the introductory nature of this book. But it is good if there is a future revision, with point (2) above added in it, at least in the form of problems.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old book, but the physics is the same August 6, 2007
The Ashcroft text is superior to other Solid State texts because of its readbility. It is not over-written like some texts, and its presentation of fundamentals is appropriate for a graduate course in solid state physics. It is not fair to under-rate the book simply because it is "old". Despite having several decades to write a better book, few authors have.

There are advanced chapters toward the end of the book that lay the foundations for superconductivity and vibrations in solids, among other things. Like most physics books, the direct application of the physics to real world tools is an afterthought, as it took me 5 years of experience to finally realize that Ashcroft's treatment of phonons in later chapters could be used to describe the piezoelectric efficiency of acoustic sensors. Perhaps this is because the book is dated, or perhaps it is because many physics texts fail to make the link between consumer technologies and fundamental breakthroughs in understanding, as if it is beneath the moral integrity of physics to worry about the engineering that follows. The work in superconductivity is advanced for a typical solid state course and might be better for a special topics series, as it was when I was a graduate student.

Ashcroft will serve as a good primer for most solid state topics, and it is well augmented with Kittel. A lesser book by Ibach and Luth, while it has just a few positive qualities, will fail a student unless they have Ashcroft on hand. Between Ashcroft and Kittel, a student would have a strong reference library.

As a side note, while it seems to be par for the course for most solid state texts, little is done to address the findamentals of crystalline structure that have led to the growth and evolution of the field of materials science.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid introduction to solid-state physics April 13, 1998
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This used to be (maybe still is) *the* standard textbook for solid-state physics. You won't learn about solid-state electronics; for that go to Sze's books. On the other hand, for a solid overview of all of the physics you find in solid-state devices (plus explanation of many of the methods of characterization of materials), it is extremely good. The only reason I give it an 8 rather than a 10 is that it is a little out of date in respects to methods of characterization (which means the entire mess of STM/AFM/whatever is left out, for example.) Even so, it is *much* better than Kittel, which is the other standard book used.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have book
I purchased this for a Condensed Matter class. It isn't too hard to understand and the binding seems to be quality.
Published 2 months ago by nmrtnz
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely informative; a fundamental text for the study of this branch...
Greatly written, annotated and elegantly separated into relevant chapters. The paperback cover is durable, but also light. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Daniel Akkerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Recomended
Mediastar Bookstore exceeded my expectations. As I bought the book near Christimas the Brazilian Goverment gave me some troubles. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Henrique Bücker Ribeiro
2.0 out of 5 stars Not new as ordered and paid
The book is good - I knew what book I odered. But I am really not fine with how late I got it and in what condition:
First it took way longer that first claimed when I odered... Read more
Published 10 months ago by pagranit
4.0 out of 5 stars No a book for beginners
This is a great book and I like it. I used it as my primary text book in my condensed matter class this year. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Angry Bear
1.0 out of 5 stars Atrocious piece of work, hastily put together and poorly written
There is a good reason why this book was only published once in the 70s and never printed again. The authors are more confused than the reader of the book. Read more
Published 17 months ago by AJ
5.0 out of 5 stars AS REQUIRED
This is a book that fills a gap in the spectrum of texts on solid state physics. Its clear style is very adecquate for introductory courses.
Published 19 months ago by Carlos Sanchez-Trujillo
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent apart from one minor niggle.
Overall I think the authors got this pretty much spot on in terms of content and level of detail. However, is it just me or are there consistent mistakes in their vector... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Malediction99
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good solid state textbook
Good text book for solid state physics and covering various basic principle which have been extended for the latest study today. Read more
Published on April 5, 2012 by Goodphy
4.0 out of 5 stars II've order a book, and there is a book
The book is of good condition. In terms of its content, it cover most of the stuff I am interested. Just that there is a few wave scattering derivation I wanted but is not included... Read more
Published on February 22, 2012 by John
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