Introduction to Solid State Physics – Charles Kittel – 8th Edition


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Table of Content

1. Crystal Structure.
2. Wave Diffraction And The Reciprocal Lattice.
3. Crystal Binding And Elastic Constants.
4. Phonons I. Crystal Vibrations.
5. Phonons Ii. Thermal Properties.
6. Free Electron Fermi Gas.
7. Energy Bands.
8. Semiconductor Crystals.
9. Fermi Surfaces And Metals.
10. Superconductivity.
11. Diamagnetism And Paramagnetism.
12. Ferromagnetism And Antiferromagnetism.
13. Magnetic Resonance.
14. Plasmons, Polaritons, And Polarons.
15. Optical Processes And Excitons.
16. Dielectrics And Ferroelectrics.
17. Surface And Interface Physics.
18. Nanostructures.
19. Noncrystalline Solids.
20. Point Defects.
21. Dislocations.
22. Alloys.