Modern semiconductor and laser techniques would be unthinkable today without a highly developed physics of solids. As tailored materials increasingly gain significance, it is more important than ever to understand the basics of crystalline materials and the influence of their symmetry on phenomenological aspects. This first international edition of a classic German standard integrates the latest developments in the field, including two-dimensional crystals and Giant Magneto-Resistance. Its aim is to impart the knowledge necessary to comprehend the manifold peculiarities of crystalline substances in a comprehensive and easily accessible manner. The book devotes much space to a coherent introduction to tensor calculation, making this the first to address the topic in a readily understandable way. Supplemented by 40 exercises with their solutions, this is an ideal textbook for students of physics and chemistry, solid state physicists and chemists, and materials scientists, but also a comprehensive resource for those who wish to get an overview of this important topic.
Siegfried Haussuhl, born in 1927, studied physics and chemistry at the University of Tubingen, Germany, where he received his Ph.D. in 1956. He subsequently became assistant lecturer at the same Institute, where he also qualified as a professor. In 1959, he was appointed to a professorship in crystallography at the University of Freiburg, and after five years changed to a similar position at the University of Cologne. Here, he became the Director of the institute and kept this appointment until 1993. Professor Haussuhl was awarded the Ernst Abbe prize of the German Mineralogical Society and the Carl Hermann Medal of the German Crystallographic Society. He has published more than 270 refereed papers and is co-founder resp. founder of such prominent societies as the German Society of Crystallography (DGK) and the German Association for Crystal Growth (DGKK). He was chief editor of the journal Zeitschrift fur Kristallographie and Editorial Board member of various other scientific journals such as Crystal Research and Technology.
1. Fundamentals. 2. Sample Preparation. 3. Definitions. 4. Special Tensors. 5. Thermodynamic Relationships. 6. Non-Tensorial Properties. 7. Structure and Properties. 8. Group Theoretical Methods. 9. Group Algebra; Projection Operators. 10. Concluding Remarks. 11. Exercises. 12. Appendix.