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Solid State Introduction to Solid State Physics by Charles Kittel

  1. Strongly Recommend

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  4. Strongly don't Recommend

  1. Jan 19, 2013 #1
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  3. Feb 1, 2013 #2


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    I'm taking a course on Solid State Physics using this book. The reviews here and on amazon aren't very positive. Is there a good book you would suggest as a companion?


  4. Feb 11, 2013 #3


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    I think this is a wonderful book, with wide coverage of topics and nice explanations. Kittel always provides references to experimental results to compliment the discussions. I read many complaints about recent editions, especially the 7th and 8th. I highly recommend the 3rd edition.
  5. Feb 12, 2013 #4
    I'm reading the part about phonons in diatomic bases on pages 95-99 in the 8th edition. I might have confused myself but it seems like Kittel switched the directions for the NaCl and CsCl structure around on page 97. CsCl is a crystal with a simple cubic lattice and a basis of Cs at 000 and Cl at 1/2,1/2,1/2 so I would expect that one to be the one with a [111] direction. This doesn't show up in the errata pages I've found.
  6. Feb 14, 2013 #5
    Nevermind. I took a long hard look at the 3D structures and it seems to be (mostly) correct.
  7. Feb 18, 2013 #6


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    Exellent book. Especially 1953 year edition.

    It has no subsequent ideas of Cooper pairing, preventing us of from understanding of HTS.

    Anticipating words!!!
    Bloch theorem must be corrected!!!
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  8. Feb 18, 2013 #7


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