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Graphene is the thinnest known material, a sheet of carbon atoms arranged in hexagonal cells a single atom thick, and yet stronger than diamond. It has potentially significant applications in nanotechnology, 'beyond-silicon' electronics, solid-state realization of high-energy phenomena and as a prototype membrane which could revolutionise soft matter and 2D physics. In this book, leading graphene research theorist Mikhail Katsnelson presents the basic concepts of graphene physics. Topics covered include Berry phase, topologically protected zero modes, Klein tunneling, vacuum reconstruction near supercritical charges, and deformation-induced gauge fields. The book also introduces the theory of flexible membranes relevant to graphene physics and discusses electronic transport, optical properties, magnetism and spintronics. Standard undergraduate-level knowledge of quantum and statistical physics and solid state theory is assumed. This is an important textbook for graduate students in nanoscience and nanotechnology and an excellent introduction for physicists and materials science researchers working in related areas.Read more
- The most comprehensive book available on graphene, one of the hottest subjects in modern science
- The connections of graphene physics with fundamental physics (relativistic quantum mechanics, field theory, basic statistical mechanics) are emphasized and explained in detail, providing understanding of the basic theoretical physics
- Topics are carefully selected, providing a concise introduction sufficient to fluently read research literature and to start new research work in the field
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"When a new exciting subject arises, there is always a drive to research it both deep and wide as fast as possible, generating large amount of thrillingly interesting, but often unstructured, data. At a certain moment, such processes call for their Carl Linnaeus, to structure, bring links and set boundaries for various experiments and theories. Often, this process itself can generate new connections and exciting ideas. The book of Mikhail Katsnelson is the first attempt of its kind for the field of graphene, and a very successful one. Starting from the basics, at student level, it guides the reader to the most important results in the field of graphene physics to date. It also manages to grasp the breadth of graphene research, connecting such topics as statistical mechanics of 2D membranes and strain generated gauge potential in graphene or chirality of the quasiparticles and topologically protected zero-energy states. This book is not only a brilliant systematic overview of the state-of-the-art in graphene research to date; it also offers a program of research for the next few years. Well, with the pace this area has been developing, I’m sure it will be done twice faster."
Kostya Novoselov, University of Manchester, co-recipient (together with Professor A. Geim) of the 2010 Nobel Prize in PhysicsSee more reviews
"It is extremely well written and nicely produced, and it can warmly be recommended to all scientists working on graphene or coming to it from other fields."
Peter V. E. McClintock, Contemporary Physics
"Katsnelson has himself contributed many important theoretical publications to this subject area from the very beginning of this booming field. The present book deals with the fundamentals which will not be modified as quickly as the possible applications … the reader will benefit from an extensive list of references and a comprehensive index. The whole book is well produced, with carefully chosen figures … At the bottom line, the book can be recommended to students interested in the physical fundamentals of the phenomenon of graphene. Unlike three-dimensional materials science, theory is ahead of experiment in many aspects of exploring physical and chemical properties. Hence researchers who want to get suggestions for further projects can also take advantage of having a copy of Graphene at hand."
Peter Paufler, Journal of Applied Crystallography
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- Date Published: May 2012
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521195409
- length: 363 pages
- dimensions: 254 x 179 x 24 mm
- weight: 0.86kg
- contains: 101 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Electronic structure of ideal graphene
2. Electron states in magnetic fields
3. Quantum transport via evanescent waves
4. Klein paradox and chiral tunneling
5. Edges, nanoribbons and quantum dots
6. Point defects
7. Optics and response functions
8. Coulomb problem
9. Crystal lattice dynamics and thermodynamics
10. Gauge fields and strain engineering
11. Scattering mechanisms and transport properties
12. Spin effects and magnetism
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