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Orbital Approach to the Electronic Structure of Solids Synopsis

This book provides an intuitive yet sound understanding of how structure and properties of solids may be related. The natural link is provided by the band theory approach to the electronic structure of solids. The chemically insightful concept of orbital interaction and the essential machinery of band theory are used throughout the book to build links between the crystal and electronic structure of periodic systems. In such a way, it is shown how important tools for understanding properties of solids like the density of states, the Fermi surface etc. can be qualitatively sketched and used to either understand the results of quantitative calculations or to rationalize experimental observations. Extensive use of the orbital interaction approach appears to be a very efficient way of building bridges between physically and chemically based notions to understand the structure and properties of solids.

Orbital Approach to the Electronic Structure of Solids Press Reviews

[T]he authors of this book have provided an accessible introduction to the electronic structure of solids that makes the link between inorganic chemistry and physics. In particular, they show how one can use molecular orbitals (more often considered in chemistry courses than in physics courses) to build up solids and how one can then predict the transport properties ... A particular strength of this book is that a chapter introducing some new bit of theory is frequently followed by a chapter in which the results are applied to a real system. Contemporary Physics The authors build understanding slowly, often dividing more complex systems into chemically meaningful molecular fragments or functional groups, and then showing you how their symmetry-adapted orbitals interact. Frequently looking at orbital loops and drawing them by hand comes with a bonus: not only does it allow you to discover insightful qualitative explanations, but also you build your intuition about what the chemical system will or wont do.The authors know well that one good figure is better than 10 written pages, so the book is rich in simple illustrations (typically two per page), and there are a number of good exercises at the end of each chapter...Overall, this is a great book. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. This book will be most accessible and useful to chemists, but it would nevertheless be a valuable source of information for researchers from a variety of backgrounds working in this field. Chemistry World

Book Information

ISBN: 9780199534937
Publication date: 12th January 2012
Author: Enric (Professor, Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona) Canadell, Marie-Liesse (Professor, Institut Charles G Doublet
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 364 pages
Categories: Physical chemistry, Condensed matter physics (liquid state & solid state physics), Atomic & molecular physics, Inorganic chemistry,

About Enric (Professor, Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona) Canadell, Marie-Liesse (Professor, Institut Charles G Doublet

Enric Canadell was educated at the Universities of Barcelona and Autonoma de Madrid, conducted research at the Universities of Barcelona, Chicago and Paris -Sud Orsay and since 1996 is Research Professor at the Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona (CSIC). He is mostly interested in the development of ideas to relate the structure and properties of solids. In 1995 was awarded the Rochat-Julliard Prize of the Academie des Sciences de Paris for work on the electronic structure of low dimensional solids. Marie-Liesse Doublet was educated at Universite de Paris-Sud Orsay and carried out research at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Institut des ...

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