Introduction to the Physics of Matter

Basic atomic, molecular, and solid-state physics

  • Nicola┬áManini

Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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    Pages 1-10
  3. Nicola Manini
    Pages 11-70
  4. Nicola Manini
    Pages 71-98
  5. Nicola Manini
    Pages 99-146
  6. Nicola Manini
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 243-276

About this book


This book offers an up-to-date, compact presentation of basic topics in the physics of matter, from atoms to molecules to solids, including elements of statistical mechanics. The adiabatic separation of the motion of electrons and nuclei in matter and its spectroscopic implications are outlined for molecules and recalled regularly in the study of the dynamics of gases and solids. Numerous experiments are described and more than 160 figures give a clear visual impression of the main concepts. Sufficient detail of mathematical derivations is provided to enable students to follow easily. The focus is on present-day understanding and especially on phenomena fitting various independent-particle models. The historical development of this understanding, and phenomena such as magnetism and superconductivity, where interparticle interactions and nonadiabatic effects play a crucial role, are mostly omitted. A final outlook section stimulates the curiosity of the reader to pursue the study of such advanced topics in graduate courses.


Adiabatic Separation Electrons in Crystals Equilibrium Ensembles Intramolecular Dynamics Many-electron Atoms One-electron Atoms Textbook Atoms Textbook Molecules Textbook Physics of Matter Textbook Solids Textbook Statistical Mechanics Vibrations of Crystals

Authors and affiliations

  • Nicola┬áManini
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of MilanMilanItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-14381-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-14382-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-4791
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-4805
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