Polymers, Liquid Crystals, and Low-Dimensional Solids

  • Norman March
  • Mario Tosi

Part of the Physics of Solids and Liquids book series (PSLI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Polymers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. A. Keller
      Pages 71-116
    3. A. Keller
      Pages 117-129
    4. Back Matter
      Pages 175-177
  3. Liquid Crystals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. S. Chandrasekhar
      Pages 189-211
    3. S. Chandrasekhar
      Pages 213-220
    4. S. Chandrasekhar
      Pages 221-237
    5. G. Durand
      Pages 239-285
    6. Back Matter
      Pages 287-288
  4. Low-Dimensional Solids

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 289-289
    2. N. H. March
      Pages 291-334
    3. R. B. Stinchcombe
      Pages 335-400
    4. S. Lundqvist
      Pages 401-448
    5. F. Stern
      Pages 449-474
    6. Back Matter
      Pages 509-519
  5. Special Topics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 521-521
    2. J. Ladik, S. Suhai, M. Seel
      Pages 523-566
    3. J. Vannimenus
      Pages 567-616
    4. Back Matter
      Pages 617-622
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 623-628

About this book


This book deals with three related areas having both fundamental and technological interest. In the first part, the objective is to provide a bird's­ eye view on structure in polymeric solids. This is then complemented by a chapter, directly technological in its emphasis, dealing with the influence of processing on polymeric materials. In spite of the technological interest, this leads to some of the current fundamental theory. Part II, concerned with liquid crystals, starts with a discussion of the physics of the various types of material, and concludes with a treatment of optical applications. Again, aspects of the theory are stressed though this part is basically phenomenological in character. In Part III, an account is given first of the use of chemical-bonding arguments in understanding the electronic structure of low-dimensional solids, followed by a comprehensive treatment of the influence of dimen­ sionality on phase transitions. A brief summary of dielectric screening in low-dimensional solids follows. Space-charge layers are then treated, including semiconductor inversion layers. Effects of limited dimensionality on superconductivity are also emphasized. Part IV concludes the volume with two specialized topics: electronic structure of biopolymers, and topological defects and disordered systems. The Editors wish to acknowledge that this book had its origins in the material presented at a course organized by the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste.


Helium-Atom-Streuung biopolymers liquid crystals polymer polymers

Editors and affiliations

  • Norman March
    • 1
  • Mario Tosi
    • 2
  1. 1.University of OxfordEngland
  2. 2.International Center for Theoretical physicsTriesteItaly

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