Item description for Introduction to Solid-State Theory by Otfried Madelung...
Introduction to Solid-State Theory is a textbook for graduate students of physics and materials science. It also provides the theoretical background needed by physicists doing research in pure solid-state physics and its applications to electrical engineering. The fundamentals of solid-state theory are based on a description by delocalized and localized states and - within the concept of delocalized states - by elementary excitations. The development of solid-state theory within the last ten years has shown that by a systematic introduction of these concepts, large parts of the theory can be described in a unified way. This form of description gives a "pictorial" formulation of many elementary processes in solids, which facilitates their understanding.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.2" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date Oct 26, 2007
ISBN 3540780610 ISBN13 9783540780618
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quite advanced descriptions Apr 19, 2008
Ignore the "Introduction" in the title. Madelung's book is an advanced description of condensed matter physics, circa 1978. He wastes no time over elementary quantum mechanics. To give you some idea, the Hartree-Fock approximation is quickly dealt with in the first chapter, in a mere 6 pages.
Later chapters progressively add on more interactions. Giving quasi-electrons and plasmons. Second quantisation is used to provide a simple modelling of interactions. From the electron-hole interaction in semiconductors, the phenomenon of excitons is explained. While the ion-ion interaction gives phonons.
Semiconductor optics should interest some readers. The basis of solid state lasers. He describes electron-photon and phonon-photon interactions.
The reader should be at the level of a 3rd or 4th year undergraduate, at least. More typically, perhaps a graduate student.