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Modern Condensed Matter Physics

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Modern Condensed Matter Physics brings together the most important advances in the field of recent decades. It provides instructors teaching graduate-level condensed matter courses with a comprehensive and in-depth textbook that will prepare graduate students for research or further study as well as reading more advanced and specialized books and research literature in the field. This textbook covers the basics of crystalline solids as well as analogous optical lattices and photonic crystals, while discussing cutting-edge topics such as disordered systems, mesoscopic systems, many-body systems, quantum magnetism, Bose–Einstein condensates, quantum entanglement, and superconducting quantum bits. Students are provided with the appropriate mathematical background to understand the topological concepts that have been permeating the field, together with numerous physical examples ranging from the fractional quantum Hall effect to topological insulators, the toric code, and majorana fermions. Exercises, commentary boxes, and appendices afford guidance and feedback for beginners and experts alike.

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'Finally, an excellent introductory graduate text for the modern era of quantum condensed matter physics! Girvin and Yang deftly describe the transformative advances in the field, highlighting the close connection between theory and experiment. Highly recommended to all, from physics students to researchers seeking to reset their foundations.'

Subir Sachdev - Harvard University, Massachusetts

'This book is a milestone for condensed matter physics that covers the field from Bragg scattering to superconductivity and topology of the electronic band structure with clarity and depth. It is an inspiring text and a reference for anyone in the field.'

Richard Martin - University of Illinois

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