Modern semiconductor- or laser techniques would be unthinkable
without a highly developed physics of solids. As taylored materials
gain more and more significance, it is more important than ever to
understand the basics of crystalline materials and the influence of
their symmetry on phenomenological aspects.
This book chiefly aims to impart the knowledge which is necessary
to comprehend the manifold peculiarities of crystalline substances.
In this second, completely revised and updated edition, the author
focuses on the detailed discussion of the physical properties of
two- and threedimensional crystals and provides practical aspects
with respect to their measurement. Broad space is given to a
coherent and comprehensive introduction to tensor calculation. The
description of optical properties, electrical, thermal, and
magnetic characteristics includes novel effects, e.g the Giant
Magneto Resistance. The text is supplemented with numerous
exercises and their solutions.