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ISBN: 978-81-203-5066-3
Pages: 680
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This revised and updated Fourth Edition of the text builds on the strength of previous edition and gives a systematic and clear exposition of the fundamental principles of solid state physics.

The text covers the topics, such as crystal structures and chemical bonds, semiconductors, dielectrics, magnetic materials, superconductors, and nanomaterials. What distinguishes this text is the clarity and precision with which the author discusses the principles of physics, their relations as well as their applications. With the introduction of new sections and additional information, the fourth edition should prove highly useful for the students.

This book is designed for the courses in solid state physics for B.Sc. (Hons.) and M.Sc. students of physics. Besides, the book would also be useful to the students of chemistry, material science, electrical/electronic and allied engineering disciplines.

New to the Fourth Edition

•   Solved examples have been introduced to explain the fundamental principles of physics.
•   Matrix representation for symmetry operations has been introduced in Chapter 1 to enable the use of Group Theory for treating crystallography.
•   A section entitled ‘Other Contributions to Heat Capacity’, has been introduced in Chapter 5.
•   A statement on ‘Kondo effect (minimum)’ has been added in Chapter 14.
•   A section on ‘Graphenes’ has been introduced in Chapter 16.
•   The section on ‘Carbon Nanotubes’, in Chapter 16 has been revised.
•    A “Lesson on Group Theory”, has been added as Appendix.


1.    The Crystalline State
2.    Atomic Cohesion and Crystal Binding
3.    Reciprocal Lattice and Determination of Crystal Structure
4.    Lattice Vibrations
5.    Thermal Properties of Solids
6.    Free Electron Theory of Metals
7.    Electron Energy Bands
8.    Mobile Electrons and Fermi Surfaces
9.    Semiconductors
10.  Theory of Dielectrics: Applications to Plasmons, Polaritons and Polarons
11.  Ferroelectric Crystals
12.  Imperfections in Crystals
13.  Diamagnetism and Paramagnetism
14.  Ferromagnetism, Antiferromagnetism and Ferrimagnetism
15.  Superconductivity
16.  Nanomaterials
Appendix A: van der Waals Interaction
Appendix B: Photoconductivity
Appendix C: Luminescence
Appendix D: Mössbauer Effect
Appendix E: A Lesson on Group Theory

J.P. Srivastava is a former Professor of Physics from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh and an Emeritus Scientist. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and did postdoctoral research in Germany as a DAAD-Fellow. Professor Srivastava has over 30 years of teaching experience in solid state physics at the postgraduate level. He has published nearly 80 research papers in international journals in the areas of Crystal Fields, Phase Transitions, MIT, and CMR.
2015 / 680pp. / 17.8 × 23.5 cm / ISBN-978-81-203-5066-3 / Rs.595.00
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