Metals - the Drude and Sommerfeld models; the quantum mechanics of particles in a periodic potential; the nearly free electron model; the tight-binding model; some general points about band structure; semiconductors and insulators; band structure engineering; measurement of band structure; transport of heat and electricity in metals and semiconductors; magneto-resistance in three-dimensional systems; magneto-resistance in two-dimensional systems and the quantum Hall effect; inhomogeneous and hot carrier distribution in semiconductors; Appendices - useful terminology in condensed matter physics, derivation of density of states in k-space, derivation of distribution functions, phonons, the Bohr model of hydrogen, experimental considerations in measuring resistivity and Hall effect, canonical momentum, superconductivity, symbols, fundamental constants.
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Excellent as an easily navigable reference text; a sort of skeletal Kittell, but with more contemporary illustrative material ... first-time lecture course writers could find it an excellent way of orientating themselves in the subject ... likely to endure as a useful reference source for researchers for some years. * Contemporary Physics *