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Elementary Electronic Structure (Revised Edition) - Walter A. Harrison

Elementary Electronic Structure (Revised Edition)

Paperback Published: 23rd April 2004
ISBN: 9789812387080
Number Of Pages: 838

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This is a revised edition of the 1999 text on the electronic structure and properties of solids, similar in spirit to the well-known 1980 text Electronic Structure and the Properties of Solids. The revisions include an added chapter on glasses, and rewritten sections on spin-orbit coupling, magnetic alloys, and actinides. The text covers covalent semiconductors, ionic insulators, simple metals, and transition-metal and f-shell-metal systems. It focuses on the most important aspects of each system, making what approximations are necessary in order to proceed analytically and obtain formulae for the properties. Such back-of-the-envelope formulae, which display the dependence of any property on the parameters of the system, are characteristic of Harrison's approach to electronic structure, as is his simple presentation and his provision of all the needed parameters.

In spite of the diversity of systems and materials, the approach is systematic and coherent, combining the tight-binding (or atomic) picture with the pseudopotential (or free-electron) picture. This provides parameters -- the empty-core radii as well as the covalent energies -- and conceptual bases for estimating the various properties of all these systems. Extensive tables of parameters and properties are included.

The book has been written as a text, with problems at the end of each chapter, and others can readily be generated by asking for estimates of different properties, or different materials, than those treated in the text. In fact, the ease of generating interesting problems reflects the extraordinary utility and simplicity of the methods introduced. Developments since the 1980 publication have made the theory simpler and much more accurate, besides allowing much wider application.

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The basic approachp. 1
Bonding in tetrahedral semiconductorsp. 53
Elastic properties of semiconductorsp. 107
The dielectric properties of semiconductorsp. 142
Semiconductor energy bandsp. 179
Electronic propertiesp. 214
Effects of lattice distortionsp. 254
Impurities and defectsp. 293
Bonding in ionic crystalsp. 324
Elastic properties of ionic crystalsp. 353
Dielectric properties of ionic solidsp. 379
Covalent insulators, SiO[subscript 2]p. 399
Simple metals, electronic structurep. 434
Simple metals, bonding propertiesp. 483
Transition metalsp. 530
F-Shell metalsp. 593
Transition-metal (AB) compoundsp. 641
Other transition and f-shell compoundsp. 679
Surfaces and interfacesp. 714
Other systemsp. 752
Glassesp. 787
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ISBN: 9789812387080
ISBN-10: 9812387080
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 838
Published: 23rd April 2004
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd
Country of Publication: SG
Dimensions (cm): 22.25 x 16.26  x 4.52
Weight (kg): 1.16
Edition Type: Revised