Electronic Structure: Basic Theory and Practical Methods

Electronic Structure: Basic Theory and Practical Methods

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By (author) Richard M Martin

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 624 pages
  • Dimensions: 173mm x 241mm x 25mm | 1,270g
  • Publication date: 30 November 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521534402
  • ISBN 13: 9780521534406
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 5 b/w illus. 150 exercises
  • Sales rank: 438,170

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The study of the electronic structure of materials is at a momentous stage, with the emergence of new computational methods and theoretical approaches. This volume provides an introduction to the field and describes its conceptual framework, the capabilities of present methods, limitations, and challenges for the future. Many properties of materials can now be determined directly from the fundamental equations of quantum mechanics, bringing new insights into critical problems in physics, chemistry, and materials science.

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'The book places electronic structure in the context of elementary issues in physics, while at the same time emphasising its role in providing useful information on the properties of materials unified exposition of the basic theory and methods of electronic structure, together with instructive examples of practical computational methods and actual applications aim is to serve graduate students and scientists involved in research while acting as supplementary material for courses on condensed matter physics and material science Examples of problems are included in each chapter to bring out salient points and challenge the reader.' Materials World"

Table of contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Notation; Part I. Overview and Background Topics: 1. Introduction; 2. Overview; 3. Theoretical background; 4. Periodic solids and electron bands; 5. Uniform electron gas and simple metals; Part II. Density Functional Theory: 6. Density functional theory: foundations; 7. The Kohn–Sham ansatz; 8. Functionals for exchange and correlation; 9. Solving the Kohn–Sham equations; Part III. Important Preliminaries on Atoms: 10. Electronic structure of atoms; 11. Pseudopotentials; Part IV. Determination of Electronic Structure, The Three Basic Methods: 12. Plane waves and grids: basics; 13. Plane waves and grids: full calculations; 14. Localized orbitals: tight binding; 15. Localized orbitals: full calculations; 16. Augmented functions: APW, KKR, MTO; 17. Augmented functions: linear methods; Part V. Predicting Properties of Matter from Electronic Structure – Recent Developments: 18. Quantum molecular dynamics (QMD); 19. Response functions: photons, magnons …; 20. Excitation spectra and optical properties; 21. Wannier functions; 22. Polarization, localization and Berry's phases; 23. Locality and linear scaling O (N) methods; 24. Where to find more; Appendixes; References; Index.