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1. Principles of Condensed Matter Physics by P. M. Chaikin, T. C. Lubensky | |
Paperback: 699
Pages
(2000-10-09)
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Wonderful and deep approach to soft condensed matter physics
incorrectly labelled a "soft matter" book
I know why Onslow is more interested in this book than Daisy
Exhaustive treatment of soft matter physics!
Best basic condensed matter textbook |
2. Basic Notions Of Condensed Matter Physics (Advanced Books Classics) by Philip W. Anderson | |
Paperback: 576
Pages
(1997-11-28)
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A very useful Guide to Condense Matter |
3. Magnetism in Condensed Matter (Oxford Master Series in Physics) by Stephen Blundell | |
Paperback: 256
Pages
(2001-12-06)
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A good overview of the subject
Great Book
Good overview of magnetism |
4. Condensed Matter Field Theory by Alexander Altland, Ben D. Simons | |
Hardcover: 786
Pages
(2010-04-30)
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Best Coverage of this material that I've come across
Miraculous Textbook
Landmark of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics book!!!
Simple Language |
5. Soft Condensed Matter by Richard A.L. Jones | |
Paperback: 208
Pages
(2002-08-15)
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quite good
Excellent text for appreciating beauty of soft matter! Since the book was written fairly recently, it presents a very modern understanding of described topics. The book by Chaikin and Lubensky (~700 pages) is the one written for anyone interested in meaty details, and equations in their full grandeur. Strobl's recent book on condensed matter is another excellenttext and presents lots of physics in very well written graduate level text. But to taste and tempt into soft matter, Jones book definitely is the one to pick! ... Read more |
6. Group Theory: Application to the Physics of Condensed Matter by Mildred S. Dresselhaus, Gene Dresselhaus, Ado Jorio | |
Paperback: 582
Pages
(2010-11-30)
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Editorial Review Product Description This concise, class-tested book was refined over the authors’ 30 years as instructors at MIT and the University Federal of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil. The approach centers on the conviction that teaching group theory along with applications helps students to learn, understand and use it for their own needs. Thus, the theoretical background is confined to introductory chapters. Subsequent chapters develop new theory alongside applications so that students can retain new concepts, build on concepts already learned, and see interrelations between topics. Essential problem sets between chapters aid retention of new material and consolidate material learned in previous chapters. |
7. Condensed Matter Physics by Michael P. Marder | |
Hardcover: 984
Pages
(2010-11-09)
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Not Good for Beginner
Comprehensive but poor
Broad coverage, but lacking detail
corrected printing has appeared
at last, an update for Ashcroft & Mermin's book Thisbook by Marden may finally replace A&M. Like Ashcroft and Mermin,Marden is a member of the Cornell mafia. Some parts of the book practicallyecho A&M, and the writing style is at least as friendly to thebeginning grad student ("Now it will be protested that atoms withoutdipole moments do not have dipole moments. This is true. However...") But the large number of new developments of the last 25 years are discussedor at least mentioned. In addition to the same-old band structure,magnetism, etc., liquids are covered (a surprising omission in A&M), asare surfaces, soft matter, optical properties of materials, etc. The bookis fairly logically structured and works well as a text, except that thereis way too much material here to cover in a year. The first printing isfull of errors, listed on a web page created by the author. You may want towait until the second printing before plunking down $95 (too high forimpoverished grad students). Top and bottom margins are practicallynonexistent. Photographs and shaded 3D drawings are poorly reproduced andmurky; they appear to have been printed on a smeary $79.95 inkjet printerand then reproduced. ... Read more |
8. Lectures on Non-equilibrium Theory of Condensed Matter by Ladislaus Alexander Banyai | |
Hardcover: 248
Pages
(2006-08-01)
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9. Advanced Condensed Matter Physics by Leonard M. Sander | |
Hardcover: 286
Pages
(2009-03-16)
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Solid 2-star. Supplement only
Not what I expected |
10. Soft Condensed Matter Physics in Molecular and Cell Biology (Scottish Graduate Series) | |
Hardcover: 344
Pages
(2006-01-13)
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11. Many-Body Quantum Theory in Condensed Matter Physics: An Introduction (Oxford Graduate Texts) by Henrik Bruus, Karsten Flensberg | |
Hardcover: 466
Pages
(2004-11-11)
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Good but dense
EXCELLENT BOOK! |
12. Shock Waves in Condensed Matter-1983: Proceedings of the American Physical Society Topical Conference Held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 18-21, 1983 by J. R. Asay, R. A. Graham | |
Hardcover: 674
Pages
(1985-03)
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13. Quantum Field Theory in Condensed Matter Physics by Alexei M. Tsvelik | |
Paperback: 380
Pages
(2007-01-18)
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Modern overview that emphasizes the physics That quantum field theory is similar to statistical mechanics is used extensively in this book. Loosely speaking, one can view the quantum field theory of a system in a certain dimension as a statistical mechanical system in one dimension more. This simplifies calculations considerably, and in condensed matter physics things get even easier since a lattice is present, thus allowing one to deal more transparently with the problems with infinities that will always appear in quantum field theory. The author gives an overview of quantum field theory in the first part of the book, it being assumed that the reader already has a strong background in it. The calculation of correlation functions is the main goal of the book, and to facilitate this, the author introduces the path integral formalism. Wick's theorem, the tour-de-force of calculations in quantum field theory is then derived. Explicit calculations are done for a bosonic field in an external field using the now ubiquitous mathematical identity that "the determinant of an operator is the exponential of the trace of the logarithm of the operator. One should remember when reading these pages that the considerations are purely formal since no mathematical justification has been given for the path integral measure. Perturbation theory and Feynman diagrams are discussed (of course) and the infinities that arise in perturbation series are dealt with using regularization procedures. Since the author is dealing with problems in condensed matter, where a lattice is present, he labels quantum field theories as "universal" if there is no dependence of the correlation functions in the lattice. Since regularization procedures are obviously dependent on the lattice spacing (the "ultraviolet" and "infrared" divergences), physical quantities that depend on this are called "non-universal" by the author. The standard characterization of a theory as being "renormalizable" is reserved for those where the perturbation expansion can be reformulated so that non-universal quantities appear as a finite number of parameters. This leads to a formulation of the "universality hypothesis" and the renormalization group. The author states the Gellman-Low equation, and shows that the behavior of the Gellman-Low function graphically. The properties of this function in predicting asymptotic freedom and phase transitions are discussed in detail. The O(N) model is used to illustrate some of the phenomena exhibited by quantum field theories, such as symmetry breaking and the origin of Goldstone bosons. All of these considerations involve only bosonic quantum field theories, but the inclusion of fermions is done in the second part of the book. The discussion here is also more physical, as the author discusses electrodynamics in metals, the treatment however being non-relativistic. This is remedied though later as the author treats quantum electrodynamics. The Schwinger model, and the origin of anomalies as a screening of the electromagnetic field is discussed, and this discussion is more physically motivated and better appreciated intuitively than the one based on path integral measures. The famous Boson-Fermion equivalence in (2+1) dimensions is discussed in terms of the Aharonov-Bohm effect. This is an interesting discussion and one that is somewhat unorhodox, as it is usually not presented in this way. It clearly shows the physical meaning of adding the Chern-Simons term to the Lagrangian, presented in most books as being merely a mathematical device. Spin systems are the subject of part 3 of the book, with the author noting at the beginning that such systems are complicated to study due to the commutation relations of the spin operators. The emphasis is on disordered magnetic systems, and the presentation is crystal clear from a physical standpoint. The role of continuous symmetry in the nonlinear sigma model, and the breaking of discrete symmetry by short range quantum fluctuations is discussed in detail. The reader is also briefly introduced to the physics of doped antiferromagnets. The last part of the book is the most exotic, and one that is better understood from a mathematical standpoint. The physics of (1+1)-dimensional quantum systems has turned out to be more of a mathematical playground however, as it turns out to have many experimental manifestations, as the author points out many times. In addition, his treatment of the quantum field theory of the free massless bosonic scalar field shows that even a seemingly trivial action can have non-trivial properties in terms of its correlation functions. Perturbing this action by a cosine term gives the sine-Gordon model, which is exactly solvable, and its connection with conformal field theory is shown by the author. The famous Kosterlitz-Thouless transition is also treated in fair detail. The Ising and spin 1/2 Heisenberg models are discussed in terms of conformal field theories and bosonization. The reader thus gets a physical motivation for the consideration of conformal field theories that have resulted in an enormous amount of research in the past decade. And, also, the reader can see clearly the origin of Kac-Moody algebras and non-Abelian bosonization in these and latter discussions on current operators. The Kondo problem, dealing with a magnetic impurity in a metal, and one of the most difficult problems in condensed matter physics, is treated here in detail in one dimension at half-filling.
The Best Introduction to CFT for CMT Theauthor gives a fuller treatment of the subject in his new book"Bosonisation and Strongly Correlated Systems", which, quiteunfortunately, has not yet come out in paperback and is prohibitivelyexpensive in hardcover.
physical review |
14. Symmetry and Condensed Matter Physics: A Computational Approach by M. El-Batanouny, F. Wooten | |
Hardcover: 936
Pages
(2008-05-26)
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excellent book on group theory and its applications to condensed matter physics |
15. Condensed Matter in a Nutshell by Gerald D. Mahan | |
Hardcover: 590
Pages
(2010-10-24)
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16. A Quantum Approach to Condensed Matter Physics by Philip L. Taylor, Olle Heinonen | |
Paperback: 414
Pages
(2002-03-18)
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An OK book
It is an excellent book. |
17. Experimental Techniques In Condensed Matter Physics At Low Temperatures (Advanced Books Classics) by Robert C. Richardson, Eric N. Smith | |
Paperback: 352
Pages
(1998-03-31)
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Editorial Review Product Description This practical book provides recipes for the construction of devices used in low temperature experimentation. It emphasizes what works, rather than what might be the optimum method, and lists current sources for purchasing components and equipment. Customer Reviews (1)
A great aid to the hands-on low temperature experimentalist |
18. Topology of Gauge Fields and Condensed Matter by M. Monastyrsky | |
Hardcover: 372
Pages
(1993-05-31)
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Concise Ideas and Applications ofTopology |
19. Statistical Physics: Including Applications to Condensed Matter by Claudine Hermann | |
Paperback: 278
Pages
(2010-09-30)
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Editorial Review Product Description Statistical Physics bridges the properties of a macroscopic system and the microscopic behavior of its constituting particles, otherwise impossible due to the giant magnitude of Avogadro's number. Numerous systems of today's key technologies - such as semiconductors or lasers - are macroscopic quantum objects; only statistical physics allows for understanding their fundamentals. Therefore, this graduate text also focuses on particular applications such as the properties of electrons in solids with applications, and radiation thermodynamics and the greenhouse effect. Customer Reviews (1)
fair |
20. Understanding Soft Condensed Matter Via Modeling and Computation (Series in Soft Condensed Matter) | |
Hardcover: 300380
Pages
(2010-11-30)
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