Description 
1 online resource (xiii, 222 pages) : illustrations 
Contents 
1. Crystal structure. Introduction and Summary. problems  2. Reciprocal lattice and Xray diffraction. Introduction and summary. Reciprocal lattice. Xray diffraction. Problems  3. Lattice vibrations and phonons. Introduction and summary. Lattice vibration. Phonons. Problems  4. Thermal properties of insulators. Introduction and summary. Phonon statistics. Lattice thermal properties. Problems  5. Free electron Fermi gas. Introduction and summary. Free electron approximation at T = 0 K. Free electrons at finite temperatures. Problems  6. Electron energy bands. Introduction and summary. Bloch wave function of the conduction electron. Electrons in the weak periodic potential. An example application of the energy band concept. Problems 
Summary 
This book focuses on phonons and electrons, which the student needs to learn first in solid state physics. The required quantum theory and statistical physics are derived from scratch. Systematic in structure and tutorial in style, the treatment is filled with detailed mathematical steps and physical interpretations. This approach ensures a selfsufficient content for easier teaching and learning. The objective is to introduce the concepts of phonons and electrons in a more rigorous and yet clearer way, so that the student does not need to relearn them in more advanced courses. Examples are the transition from lattice vibrations to phonons and from free electrons to energy bands. The book can be used as the beginning module of a oneyear introductory course on solid state physics, and the instructor will have a chance to choose additional topics. Alternatively, it can be taught as a standalone text for building the mostneeded foundation in just one semester 
Bibliography 
Includes bibliographical references and index 
Notes 
Print version record 
Subject 
Electrons.


Phonons.

Form 
Electronic book

ISBN 
1281935549 

9781281935540 

9789812795113 (electronic bk.) 

9812795111 (electronic bk.) 

(paperback) 
