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Quantum Physics of Matter

1st Edition

Edited by Alan Durrant

CRC Press

231 pages

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Quantum Physics of Matter explores the way in which quantum physics determines the properties of materials. The quantum physics of solids, for example, dictates whether they are good insulators, conductors, semiconductors, or even superconductors. At a deeper level, it explores how the quantum physics of nuclei and elementary particles determines the stability of matter and hence the range of substances that came into existence through the big bang and the evolution of stars.


"…very helpful to beginners wishing to study physics."

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Table of Contents


Quantum Gases

What is a quantum gas?

Quantum theory of a gas of distinguishable molecules

Identical particles in quantum mechanics

The photon gas - blackbody radiation explained

The electron gas in metals

Closing items

Appendix to Chapter 1

Solid-State Physics

Beyond tin disease

The bonding and structure of solids

Free-electron models of conduction in solids

Band theory of solids

The p-n junction and semiconductor devices


Closing items

Nuclear Physics

Energy puzzles

Characterisitics of atomic nuclei

Nuclear stability and binding energies

Nuclear structure

Quantum-mechanical tunnelling in nuclear reactions

Closing items

Particle Physics

The challenge of particle physics

Introduction to particle physics and its techniques

Particles and their interactions

The quark model for hadrons

Quantum physics of fundamental particles

Closing items

Consolidation and Skills Development


Overview of Chapters 1 to 4

Preparing for and taking exams

Revision questions

Interactive questions


Answer and Comments



Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Physics
SCIENCE / Quantum Theory
SCIENCE / Solid State Physics