BOOKS

PHYSICS

1.

Noboru Miura

Physics of Semiconductors in High Magnetic Fields

This book describes the basic concepts of various physical phenomena in semiconductors and their modulated structures under high magnetic fields. The topic cover magneto-transport phenomena, cyclotron resonance, far-infrared spectroscopy, magneto-optical spectroscopy, diluted magnetic semiconductors in high magnetic fields, as well as the recent advances in the experimental techniques needed for high field experiments. Starting from the introductory part describing the basic theoretical background, each chapter introduces typical experimental data which were actually obtained in very high magnetic fields mostly in the pulsed field range up to several megagauss (20-100T). The book has both the character of a textbook and a monograph. For researchers and students with an interest in semiconductor physics or in high magnetic fields, it will serve as a useful guide.

2.

Janko Latschev and Alexandru Oancea

Free Loop Spaces in Geometry and Topology: Including the Monograph “Symplectic Cohomology and Viterbo’s Theorem” (Irma Lectures in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics)

In the late 1990s two initially unrelated developments brought free loop spaces into renewed focus. In 1999, Chas and Sullivan introduced a wealth of new algebraic operations on the homology of these spaces under the name of string topology, the full scope of which is still not completely understood. A few years earlier, Viterbo had discovered a first deep link between the symplectic topology of cotangent bundles and the topology of their free loop space. In the past 15 years, many exciting connections between these two viewpoints have been found. Still, researchers working on one side of the story often know quite little about the other.

One of the main purposes of this book is to facilitate communication between topologists and symplectic geometers thinking about free loop spaces. It was written by active researchers coming to the topic from both perspectives and provides a concise overview of many of the classical results, while also beginning to explore the new directions of research that have emerged recently. As one highlight, it contains a research monograph by M. Abouzaid which proves a strengthened version of Viterbo’s isomorphism between the homology of the free loop space of a manifold and the symplectic cohomology of its cotangent bundle, following a new strategy.

The book grew out of a learning seminar on free loop spaces held at Strasbourg University in 2008–2009, and should be accessible to a graduate student with a general interest in the topic. It focuses on introducing and explaining the most important aspects rather than offering encyclopedic coverage, while providing the interested reader with a broad basis for further studies and research.

3.

Lizhen Ji and Athanase Papadopoulos

Sophus Lie and Felix Klein: The Erlangen Program and Its Impact in Mathematics and Physics (IRMA Lectures in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics)

The Erlangen program expresses a fundamental point of view on the use of groups and transformation groups in mathematics and physics. This volume is the first modern comprehensive book on that program and its impact in contemporary mathematics and physics. Klein spelled out the program, and Lie, who contributed to its formulation, is the first mathematician who made it effective in his work. The theories that these two authors developed are also linked to their personal history and to their relations with each other and with other mathematicians, incuding Hermann Weyl, Élie Cartan, Henri Poincaré, and many others. All these facets of the Erlangen program appear in this volume. The book is written by well-known experts in geometry, physics and the history of mathematics and physics. A publication of the European Mathematical Society. Distributed within the Americas by the American Mathematical Society.

4.

Gregoire Nicolis

Advances in Chemical Physics: Volume 151: Kinetics and Thermodynamics of Multistep Nucleation and Self-Assembly in Nanoscale Materials

The Advances in Chemical Physics series—the cutting edge of research in chemical physics

The Advances in Chemical Physics series provides the chemical physics and physical chemistry fields with a forum for critical, authoritative evaluations of advances in every area of the discipline. Filled with cutting-edge research reported in a cohesive manner not found elsewhere in the literature, each volume of the Advances in Chemical Physics series presents contributions from internationally renowned chemists and serves as the perfect supplement to any advanced graduate class devoted to the study of chemical physics.

This volume explores:

Kinetics and thermodynamics of fluctuation-induced transitions in multistable systems (G. Nicolis and C. Nicolis)

Dynamical rare event simulation techniques for equilibrium and nonequilibrium systems (Titus S. van Erp)

Confocal depolarized dynamic light scattering (M. Potenza, T. Sanvito, V. Degiorgio, and M. Giglio)

The two-step mechanism and the solution-crystal spinodal for nucleation of crystals in solution (Peter G. Vekilov)

Experimental studies of two-step nucleation during two-dimensional crystallization of colloidal particles with short-range attraction (John R. Savage, Liquan Pei, and Anthony D. Dinsmore)

On the role of metastable intermediate states in the homogeneous nucleation of solids from solution (James F. Lutsko)

Effects of protein size on the high-concentration/low-concentration phase transition (Patrick Grosfils)

Geometric constraints in the self-assembly of mineral dendrites and platelets (John J. Kozak)

What can mesoscopic level in situ observations teach us about kinetics and thermodynamics of protein crystallization? (Mike Sleutel, Dominique Maes, and Alexander Van Driessche)

The ability of silica to induce biomimetic crystallization of calcium carbonate (Matthias Kellermeier, Emilio Melero-GarcÍa, Werner Kunz, and Juan Manuel GarcÍa-Ruiz)

5.

Rene De Borst

Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis of Solids and Structures

Built upon the two original books by Mike Crisfield and their own lecture notes, renowned scientist René de Borst and his team offer a thoroughly updated yet condensed edition that retains and builds upon the excellent reputation and appeal amongst students and engineers alike for which Crisfield’s first edition is acclaimed.

Together with numerous additions and updates, the new authors have retained the core content of the original publication, while bringing an improved focus on new developments and ideas. This edition offers the latest insights in non-linear finite element technology, including non-linear solution strategies, computational plasticity, damage mechanics, time-dependent effects, hyperelasticity and large-strain elasto-plasticity.

The authors’ integrated and consistent style and unrivalled engineering approach assures this book’s unique position within the computational mechanics literature.

Key features:

Combines the two previous volumes into one heavily revised text with obsolete material removed, an improved layout and updated references and notations

Extensive new material on more recent developments in computational mechanics

Easily readable, engineering oriented, with no more details in the main text than necessary to understand the concepts.

Pseudo-code throughout makes the link between theory and algorithms, and the actual implementation.