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Electronic Structure in the condensed state L11: Part III Chemistry

Summary: Electronic Structure in the condensed state
Ali Alavi
L11: Part III Chemistry
Lent 2006
Lectures 1-6
There are a large number of excellent books which cover the material of this course,
of which the following is a small selection:
D. Pettifor, `Structure and Bonding in Molecules and Solids' (OUP)
R.M. Martin, `Electronic Structure' (CUP)
S.R. Elliott, `Physics and Chemistry of Solids'
A. Szabo and N.S. Ostlund, `Modern quantum chemistry', Dover.
The first part of this course will be concerned with band theory of crystals, i.e.
electronic structure as studied in the context of non-interacting electrons immersed in
periodic potentials.
Crystals can be idealized as consisting of a large (i.e. macroscopic) number of unit-
cells, assembled together in a pattern which repeats itself indefinitely. The simplest
example that we can think about is simply a one-dimensional (1D) row of identical
atoms, with lattice constant a, i.e. whose atoms are located at sites Rn = n.a along the


Source: Alavi, Ali - Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge


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