The goal of solid state physics is to find the correlation between the microscopic composition of solids and their macroscopic (electrical, optical, thermal) properties. There are many good books that provide clear explanations and have made solid state physics look easier. However, clear explanations do not necessarily involve complete understanding, and the best test for the reader is to try an alternative point of view: solve exercises or problems.
The aim of this textbook is to teach solid state physics by challenging the readers through exercises and their worked solutions. The magnitude of the numerical applications will provide learners the opportunity to make useful errors and to learn by drawing figures and graphs. Simple questions that are free of mathematical considerations are given at the end of each chapter to be solved by common sense and will permit another view of the subject.
About the Author:
Jacques Cazaux (1934–2014) was emeritus professor at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France. He did his undergraduate work in physics at the Paris–Sorbonne University, France. He received his PhD from the Collége de France, Paris, in 1970 with a work on “Anisotropy of Plasmons in Graphite.” He then moved to the University of Reims, France, as a professor of solid state physics where he initiated a research laboratory on surface analysis [X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES)] and material characterization (electron probe microanalysis; electron and X-ray microscopies). His research field included the physics of secondary electron emission and he has authored more than 150 papers published in scientific journals. This scientific activity gave him the opportunity to be invited speaker in more than 50 international meetings and to be member of the board of various scientific committees.
“This book is an English translation of the late author’s French book Initiation à la physique du solide: exercices comméntes avec rappels de cours, and is a largely extended and up-to-date edition based on the rapid development in materials science, nanochemistry, and solid state physics. Beyond the standard discussion on crystal structures and diffraction, the author has included neutron diffraction, quantum Hall effects, and novel material like graphene. This highly recommendable book could benefit a broad readership, including graduate students and scientists involved with solid state matter, as it provides an integrated approach by posing numerous problems on each topic and then providing their solutions along with extended commentaries. It presents treatment and problems focused on the specific heat of atomic vibrations and lattices in particular and metals in relation to advancement in band theory, specifically including semiconductors and insulators.”~Axel Mainzer Koenig, CEO, 21st Century Data Analysis, Portland, USA
“This book is a compendium of questions and problems from essential topics in solid state physics. It is a translated version of an older French text and can serve as a strong supplement to a course on this subject. Overall, the author's main purpose is to offer assistance to students studying the subject. The author engages students through insightful questions and then, in most cases, provides detailed answers. Each chapter begins with a background summary of the relevant theory and equations for problem-solving, followed by numerous solved examples. At the end of every chapter, qualitative and quantitative questions are presented; brief answers are supplied at the end of the book. The work contains helpful diagrams and graphs.”~CHOICE