Symmetry and Condensed Matter Physics: A Computational Approach (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 13, 2008 - Science
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Unlike existing texts, this book blends for the first time three topics in physics - symmetry, condensed matter physics and computational methods - into one pedagogical textbook. It includes new concepts in mathematical crystallography; experimental methods capitalizing on symmetry aspects; non-conventional applications such as Fourier crystallography, color groups, quasicrystals and incommensurate systems; as well as concepts and techniques behind the Landau theory of phase transitions. Adopting a computational approach to the application of group theoretical techniques to solving symmetry related problems, it dramatically alleviates the need for intensive calculations usually found in the presentation of symmetry. Writing computer programs helps the student achieve a firm understanding of the underlying concepts, and sample programs, based on Mathematica, are presented throughout the book. Containing over 150 exercises, this textbook is ideal for graduate students in condensed matter physics, materials science, and chemistry. Solutions and computer programs are available online at www.cambridge.org/9780521828451.
  

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Contents

Preface page xi
1
Symmetry and group theory
21
concepts
51
formalism and methodology
69
Dixons method for computing group characters
96
Group action and symmetry projection operators
134
Construction of the irreducible representations
164
Product groups and product representations
179
Irreps
362
color groups and the Onsager relations
409
Tensors and tensor fields
474
Electronic properties of solids
552
Dynamical properties of molecules solids and surfaces
638
Experimental measurements and selection rules
716
Landaus theory of phase transitions
777
Incommensurate systems and quasicrystals
858

Induced representations
217
Crystallographic symmetry and spacegroups
263

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Page 22 - The number of elements in a group is called the order of the group, and a group may be of finite or infinite order.
Page 29 - Every finite group of order n is isomorphic to a subgroup of the symmetric group of degree n.

About the author (2008)

Michael EL-Batanouny is a professor in the Department of Physics at Boston University. His research area is experimental surface physics, and he has written numerous papers on solid state physics and surface physics.

Frederick Wooten (19282004) was Professor of Physics and Chair of the Department of Applied Science at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of Optical Properties of Solids, and numerous articles in the field of solid state physics, more recently in the area of materials science.

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