Beyond the Crystalline State

An Emerging Perspective

  • Ganesan Venkataraman
  • Debendranath Sahoo
  • Venkataraman Balakrishnan

Part of the Springer Series in Solid-State Sciences book series (SSSOL, volume 84)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Ganesan Venkataraman, Debendranath Sahoo, Venkataraman Balakrishnan
    Pages 1-4
  3. Ganesan Venkataraman, Debendranath Sahoo, Venkataraman Balakrishnan
    Pages 5-21
  4. Ganesan Venkataraman, Debendranath Sahoo, Venkataraman Balakrishnan
    Pages 22-33
  5. Ganesan Venkataraman, Debendranath Sahoo, Venkataraman Balakrishnan
    Pages 34-47
  6. Ganesan Venkataraman, Debendranath Sahoo, Venkataraman Balakrishnan
    Pages 48-72
  7. Ganesan Venkataraman, Debendranath Sahoo, Venkataraman Balakrishnan
    Pages 73-105
  8. Ganesan Venkataraman, Debendranath Sahoo, Venkataraman Balakrishnan
    Pages 106-116
  9. Ganesan Venkataraman, Debendranath Sahoo, Venkataraman Balakrishnan
    Pages 117-124
  10. Ganesan Venkataraman, Debendranath Sahoo, Venkataraman Balakrishnan
    Pages 125-132
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 133-207

About this book

Introduction

Condensed matter exhibits a rich variety of phases. Of these, the crystalline state has, until recently, received most attention. This is not surprising, given the geometric regularity of crystals. At the other extreme one has amorphous materials. In between there are the various types of liquid crystals, the recently discovered quasicrystals, and so on. While the absence of the high degree of regularity that characterizes the crystalline phase is certainly a problem, these noncrystalline states have nevertheless been receiving some attention over the years. However, it is only during the last few years that something like a uni­ fied view of all these phases has begun to emerge, through an application of various sophisticated concepts. Geometry and symmetry (and unusual realiza­ tions of the latter) provide a unifying thread in this new and emerging perspec­ tive. This book is an attempt to capture the flavour of some of these recent de­ velopments. The approach is substantially descriptive, being intended to be accessible not only to experimental physicists, but also to chemists, materials scientists, metallurgists and ceramicists, whose work borders on physics. The prerequisites for a study of this book are a familiarity with basic solid-state physics and, in places, the elements of group theory and statistical mechanics. A few special topics are included at the end to aid those who wish to pur sure further the subject matter treated here.

Keywords

condensed matter condensed matter physics crystal crystallography polymer quasicrystal

Authors and affiliations

  • Ganesan Venkataraman
    • 1
  • Debendranath Sahoo
    • 2
  • Venkataraman Balakrishnan
    • 3
  1. 1.ANURAG, Defence Research & Development OrganisationRCI POHyderabadIndia
  2. 2.Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic ResearchKalpakkamIndia
  3. 3.Department of PhysicsIndian Institute of TechnologyMadrasIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-83434-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-83436-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-83434-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0171-1873
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