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Symmetry and Physical Properties of Crystals Hardcover – 16 Dec 2014

ISBN-13: 978-9401789929 ISBN-10: 9789401789929 Edition: 2014th

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  • Hardcover: 550 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2014 edition (16 December 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9789401789929
  • ISBN-13: 978-9401789929
  • ASIN: 9401789924
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3 x 23.4 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 880 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This book is aimed at undergraduate and graduate students in materials science and materials-related aspects of electrical and optical engineering, and at researchers investigating or applying elastic, electric and optical properties of crystals. … The book provides a sound basis for students and researchers to investigate and apply the physical phenomena treated in the text. It can be highly recommended.” (Hans Grimmer, Acta Crystallographica, 2017)

“The book provides a careful presentation of crystals at the microscopic level and at the macroscopic level. … Each chapter is completed with many exercises and solutions. The book is easy to read with simple mathematics … and on a practical point of view, it is very attractive to be a textbook for students.” (Guy Jumarie, zbMATH 1364.82002, 2017)

From the Back Cover

Crystals are everywhere, from natural crystals (minerals) through the semiconductors and magnetic materials in electronic devices and computers or piezoelectric resonators at the heart of our quartz watches to electro-optical devices. Understanding them in depth is essential both for pure research and for their applications.

This book provides a clear, thorough presentation of their symmetry, both at the microscopic space-group level and the macroscopic point-group level. The implications of the symmetry of crystals for their physical properties are then presented, together with their mathematical description in terms of tensors. The conditions on the symmetry of a crystal for a given property to exist then become clear, as does the symmetry of the property. The geometrical representation of tensor quantities or properties is presented, and its use in determining important relationships emphasized.

An original feature of this book is that most chapters include exercises with complete solutions. This allows readers to test and improve their understanding of the material.

The intended readership includes undergraduate and graduate students in materials science and materials-related aspects of electrical and optical engineering; researchers involved in the investigation of the physical properties of crystals and the design of applications based on crystal properties such as piezoelectricity, electro-optics, optical activity and all those involved in the characterization of the structural properties of materials.

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