1st Edition

An Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics for the Nanosciences

By Arthur McGurn Copyright 2023
    354 Pages 73 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    The book provides an accessible introduction to the principles of condensed matter physics with a focus on the nanosciences and device technologies. The basics of electronic, phononic, photonic, superconducting, optics, quantum optics, and magnetic properties are explored, and nanoscience and device materials are incorporated throughout the chapters. Many examples of the fundamental principles of condensed matter physics are taken directly from nanoscience and device applications.

    This book requires a background in electrodynamics, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics at the undergraduate level. It will be a valuable reference for advanced undergraduates and graduate students of physics, engineering, and applied mathematics.


    • Contains discussions of the basic principles of quantum optics and its importance to lasers, quantum information, and quantum computation.
    • Provides references and a further reading list to additional scientific literature so that readers can use the book as a starting point to then follow up with a more advanced treatment of the topics covered.
    • Requires only a basic background in undergraduate electrodynamics, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics.

    Chapter 1: Introduction. Chapter 2: Conductivity. Chapter 3: Conductivity: Another View. Chapter 4: Properties of Periodic Media. Chapter 5: Basic Properties of Light and Its Interact with Matter. Chapter 6: Basic Properties of Lasers, Masers, and Spasers. Chapter 7: Semiconductor Junction. Chapter 8: Rectifiers and Transistors. Chapter 9: Toward Single Electron Transistors: Coulomb Blackade. Chapter 10: Quantum Hall Effect. Chapter 11: Resonance Properties. Chapter 12: Josephson Junction Properties and Basic Applications. Chapter 13: Scaling and Renormalization.


    Professor Emeritus Arthur R. McGurn, CPhys, FInstP, is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of Optica (formerly Optical Society of America), a Fellow of the Electromagnetics Academy, and an Outstanding Referee for the journals of the American Physical Society. He received his PhD in Physics in 1975 from the University of California, Santa Barbara, followed by postdoctoral studies at Temple University, Michigan State University, and George Washington University (NASA Langley Research Center). Prof. McGurn’s research interests include the theory of: magnetism in disorder materials, electron conductivity, the properties of phonons, ferroelectrics and their nonlinear dynamics, Anderson localization, amorphous materials, the scattering of light from disordered media and rough surfaces, the properties of speckle correlations of light, quantum optics, nonlinear optics, the dynamical properties of nonlinear systems, photonic crystals, and meta-materials. He has over 150 publications spread amongst these various topics. Since 1981 he has taught physics for 38 years at Western Michigan University where he is currently a Professor Emeritus of Physics and a WMU Distinguished Faculty Scholar. A number of PhD students have graduated from Western Michigan University under his supervision.