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Symmetry and Physical Properties of Crystals

Authors: Malgrange, Cécile, Ricolleau, Christian, Schlenker, Michel

  • Provides a detailed description of the physical properties of crystals based on tensors
  • A highly pedagogical and in depth textbook to intermediate-advanced university students
  • Covers a much wider range of topics than any other book dedicated to the structure and properties of crystalline materials, in a comprehensive and coherent fashion
  • Offers many end-of-chapter exercises, as well as solutions at the end of the book
  • With a Foreword written by André Authier
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About this Textbook

Crystals are everywhere, from natural crystals (minerals) through the semiconductors and magnetic materials in electronic devices and computers or piezoelectric resonators at the heart of our quartz watches to electro-optical devices. Understanding them in depth is essential both for pure research and for their applications.

This book provides a clear, thorough presentation of their symmetry, both at the microscopic space-group level and the macroscopic point-group level. The implications of the symmetry of crystals for their physical properties are then presented, together with their mathematical description in terms of tensors. The conditions on the symmetry of a crystal for a given property to exist then become clear, as does the symmetry of the property. The geometrical representation of tensor quantities or properties is presented, and its use in determining important relationships emphasized.

An original feature of this book is that most chapters include exercises with complete solutions. This allows readers to test and improve their understanding of the material.

The intended readership includes undergraduate and graduate students in materials science and materials-related aspects of electrical and optical engineering; researchers involved in the investigation of the physical properties of crystals and the design of applications based on crystal properties such as piezoelectricity, electro-optics, optical activity and all those involved in the characterization of the structural properties of materials.

About the authors

Cécile Malgrange is an emeritus professor of physics at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France. Her field of expertise is optics of X-rays and their applications to synchrotron radiation.

Christian Ricolleau is a professor at the Université Paris Diderot, France. His field of research covers the growth and properties of metallic nanostructures and oxides. Michel Schlenker, editor of the Journal of Applied Crystallography from 1984 to 1990, is a professor at the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France. His research encompasses synchrotrons, tomography, X-rays, scattering and radiation. He is a co-author and editor to many publications.

Françoise Lefaucheux is the third author of the original French edition. She is an honorary professor of physics at the Université Paris Diderot, France. Her work focused on crystal growth, both in the laboratory and in space (Spacelab).

Reviews

“This book is aimed at undergraduate and graduate students in materials science and materials-related aspects of electrical and optical engineering, and at researchers investigating or applying elastic, electric and optical properties of crystals. … The book provides a sound basis for students and researchers to investigate and apply the physical phenomena treated in the text. It can be highly recommended.” (Hans Grimmer, Acta Crystallographica, 2017)

“The book provides a careful presentation of crystals at the microscopic level and at the macroscopic level. … Each chapter is completed with many exercises and solutions. The book is easy to read with simple mathematics … and on a practical point of view, it is very attractive to be a textbook for students.” (Guy Jumarie, zbMATH 1364.82002, 2017)


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Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Malgrange, Cécile (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

  • Symmetry Operations

    Malgrange, Cécile (et al.)

    Pages 13-21

  • Crystal Lattices

    Malgrange, Cécile (et al.)

    Pages 23-66

  • Relationship Between Space Groups and Point Groups

    Malgrange, Cécile (et al.)

    Pages 67-82

  • Point groups

    Malgrange, Cécile (et al.)

    Pages 83-115

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eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-94-017-8993-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-017-8992-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0177-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Symmetry and Physical Properties of Crystals
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-8993-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-8993-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-8992-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0177-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 522
Number of Illustrations and Tables
247 b/w illustrations
Topics