Two current trends are increasing the demand for a book of this type. Solid state physics is an interdiscuplinary discipline. Many non-physicists feel the need for a basic knowledge of solid state physics without having to go too much into details. Also, the "new" bachelor degree has been introduced in Europe. The idea is to make sure that students acquire first a broader knowledge of various subjects, then follow with more in-depth master and Ph.D. degrees. There is currently a gap in the literature for a brief course in solids state physics, which will be filled by this title.
· 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
· Finite Solids and Nanostructures
· Further Reading
· Physical Constants and Energy Equivalents
Philip Hofmann 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.