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Steven H. Simon, Professor of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, and Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford.
Professor Steven Simon earned a BSc degree from Brown in Physics & Mathematics in 1989 and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Harvard in 1995. Following a two-year post-doc at MIT, he joined Bell Labs, where he was a director of research for nine years. He is currently Professor of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics in the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford.
His research is in the area of condensed matter physics and communication, including subjects ranging from microwave propagation to high temperature superconductivity. He is interested in quantum effects and how they are manifested in phases of matter. He has recently been studying phases of matter known as "topological phases" that are invariant under smooth deformations of space-time. He is also interested in whether such phases of matter can be used for quantum information processing and quantum computation.
Table of Contents
1. About Condensed Matter Physics Part I: Solids Without Considering Microscopic Structure: The Early Days of Solid State 2. Specific Heat of Solids: Boltzmann, Einstein, and Debye 3. Electrons in Metals: Drude Theory 4. More Electrons in Metals: Sommerfeld (Free Electron) Theory Part II: Structure of Materials 5. The Periodic Table 6. What Holds Solids Together: Chemical Bonding 7. Types of Matter Part III: Toy Models of Solids in One Dimension 8. One Dimensional Model of Compressibility, Sound, and Thermal Expansion 9. Vibrations of a One Dimensional Monatomic Chain 10. Vibrations of a One Dimensional Diatomic Chain 11. Tight Binding Chain (Interlude and Preview) Part IV: Geometry of Solids 12. Crystal Structure 13. Reciprocal Lattice, Brillouin Zone, Waves in Crystals Part V: Neutron and X-Ray Diffraction 14. Wave Scattering by Crystals Part VI: Electrons in Solids 15. Electrons in a Periodic Potential 16. Insulator, Semiconductor, or Metal 17. Semiconductor Physics 18. Semiconductor Devices Part VII: Magnetism and Mean Field Theories 19. Atomic Magnetism: Para- and Dia-Magnetism 20. Magnetic Order 21. Domains and Hysteresis 22. Mean Field Theory 23. Magnetism from Interactions: The Hubbard Model Appendix A: Sample Exam and Solutions Appendix B: List of Other Good Books