# Fundamentals of Condensed Matter Physics Marvin L. Cohen and Steven G. Louie

## Abstract

This graduate level textbook on Condensed Matter Physics is written lucidly by two leading luminaries in this field. The volume draws its material from the graduate course in condensed matter physics that has been offered by the authors for several decades at the University of California, Berkeley. Cohen and Louie have done an admirable job of guiding the reader gradually from elementary concepts to advanced topics. The book is divided into four main parts that have four chapters each. Chapter 1 presents models of solids in terms of interacting atoms, which is appropriate for the ground state, and excitations to describe collective effects. Chapter 2 deals with the properties of electrons in crystalline materials. The authors introduce the Born-Oppenheimer approximation and then proceed to the periodic potential approximation. Chapter 3 discusses energy bands in materials and covers concepts from the free electron model to the tight binding model and periodic boundary conditions. Chapter 4 starts with fixed atomic cores and introduces lattice vibrations, phonons, and the concept of density of states. By the end of this part, the student should have a basic understanding of electrons and phonons in materials. Part II presents electron dynamics and the response of materialsmore »

- Authors:

- Publication Date:

- Research Org.:
- Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)

- Sponsoring Org.:
- USDOE

- OSTI Identifier:
- 1363991

- Report Number(s):
- PNNL-SA-125215

Journal ID: ISSN 0883-7694; applab

- DOE Contract Number:
- AC05-76RL01830

- Resource Type:
- Journal Article

- Resource Relation:
- Journal Name: MRS Bulletin; Journal Volume: 42; Journal Issue: 06

- Country of Publication:
- United States

- Language:
- English

- Subject:
- 75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; Physics; condensed matter theory

### Citation Formats

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Devanathan, Ram.
```*Fundamentals of Condensed Matter Physics Marvin L. Cohen and Steven G. Louie*. United States: N. p., 2017.
Web. doi:10.1557/mrs.2017.134.

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Devanathan, Ram.
```*Fundamentals of Condensed Matter Physics Marvin L. Cohen and Steven G. Louie*. United States. doi:10.1557/mrs.2017.134.

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Devanathan, Ram. Thu .
"Fundamentals of Condensed Matter Physics Marvin L. Cohen and Steven G. Louie". United States.
doi:10.1557/mrs.2017.134.
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title = {Fundamentals of Condensed Matter Physics Marvin L. Cohen and Steven G. Louie},

author = {Devanathan, Ram},

abstractNote = {This graduate level textbook on Condensed Matter Physics is written lucidly by two leading luminaries in this field. The volume draws its material from the graduate course in condensed matter physics that has been offered by the authors for several decades at the University of California, Berkeley. Cohen and Louie have done an admirable job of guiding the reader gradually from elementary concepts to advanced topics. The book is divided into four main parts that have four chapters each. Chapter 1 presents models of solids in terms of interacting atoms, which is appropriate for the ground state, and excitations to describe collective effects. Chapter 2 deals with the properties of electrons in crystalline materials. The authors introduce the Born-Oppenheimer approximation and then proceed to the periodic potential approximation. Chapter 3 discusses energy bands in materials and covers concepts from the free electron model to the tight binding model and periodic boundary conditions. Chapter 4 starts with fixed atomic cores and introduces lattice vibrations, phonons, and the concept of density of states. By the end of this part, the student should have a basic understanding of electrons and phonons in materials. Part II presents electron dynamics and the response of materials to external probes. Chapter 5 covers the effective Hamiltonian approximation and the motion of the electron under a perturbation, such as an external field. The discussion moves to many-electron interactions and the exchange-correlation energy in Chapter 6, the widely-used Density Functional Theory (DFT) in chapter 7, and the dielectric response function in Chapter 8. The next two parts of the book cover advanced topics. Part III begins with a discussion of the response of materials to photons in Chapter 9. Chapter 10 goes into the details of electron-phonon interactions in different materials and introduces the polaron. Chapter 11 presents electron dynamics in a magnetic field and Chapter 12 discusses electrical and thermal transport in materials. Part IV takes the reader further into many body effects, superconductivity, and nanoscale materials. The authors introduce Feynman diagrams and many-body perturbation theory in Chapter 13, theories of superconductivity in Chapter 14, magnetism in Chapter 15, and low dimensional systems in Chapter 16. The first two parts are required reading for the beginner planning to perform DFT calculations. The advanced student interested in conducting research in condensed matter physics will benefit from continuing on to the last two parts. There is a set of problems at the end of each part. The narrative is aided by equations and detailed figures. References at the end of the book direct the reader to relevant books and review articles for each chapter. The inside covers include a periodic table and a useful list of fundamental physical constants. The authors present the underlying mathematics elegantly, which makes the textbook quite readable for those with a good mathematical background. Students lacking a firm footing in math will find the terrain rough after Chapter 1. This field has seen many good undergraduate textbooks including those by Kittel and by Ashcroft and Mermin. This volume fills the need for a rigorous graduate level textbook, and is a required addition to the bookshelf of every condensed matter physicist. Cohen and Louie have brought refreshing clarity to a challenging subject and made it eminently accessible to the motivated student.},

doi = {10.1557/mrs.2017.134},

journal = {MRS Bulletin},

number = 06,

volume = 42,

place = {United States},

year = {Thu Jun 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017},

month = {Thu Jun 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017}

}