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Solid State Solid state physics textbooks

  1. Nov 13, 2015 #1


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    Hi everyone,

    I was hoping you guys could recommend some good solid-state physics textbooks or lecture notes.

    Thanks in advance.
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  3. Nov 13, 2015 #2


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    I wish you could have elaborated a bit more on what you are looking for and what you have already found and not "suitable" to be considered as "good".

    Almost everyone who studied Solid State Physics is familiar with the Kittel book. Do you have this already?

    And Ashcroft&Mermin is another widely popular text.

    Walter Harrison has a series of Solid State books, now published on Dover (meaning: they are CHEAP!). One of this texts (I forget which one, but probably "Electronic Structure and Properties of Solids") has the best coverage of Boltzmann transport equation of any books that I own.

  4. Nov 13, 2015 #3
    Elementary Solid State Physics: Principles and Applications by Omar the 4th edition is pretty amazing.
    Imho it is much better than Kittel and the textbook we were using that of Ibach. Much clearer, with explanations not with hand waving and you understand why he's doing all that. Definitely worth looking
  5. Nov 13, 2015 #4


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    Hi ZapperZ,

    The first two you mentioned (Kittel and Ashcroft) are our course's textbooks. I have Kittel and it is more vague than my professor's lectures (and he's one of the worst, if not the worst, professors I've had so far). I still haven't tried Ashcroft (I believe at one point he even mentioned to consider it as an extra) but if Kittel was like that and my professor set these two as our textbooks, I do not expect it to be any better.
    I do not want to let this (important) course slip right out of my hands and really, any book or lecture notes that were useful to you when you had the course would be great help.
    If needed, I can upload a syllabus here.
  6. Nov 13, 2015 #5


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    I'll make sure to get it ASAP.

    Thanks for the recommendation.
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