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What are some good condensed matter physics books that can fill the gap between Ashcroft & Mermin and research papers? Suggestions for any specialized topics (such as superconductivity, CFT, topological insulators) are welcomed.

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To cover that gap you will have to study many-body physics.

Similar level than Ashcroft-Mervin (although modern and complete)

Many-Body Physics (General)

A good introduction, it covers lots of topics although notation is a bit old-fashioned. Some chapters are not very good (skip the quantum Hall effect chapter!).

Very good and cheap, specially if you want to learn Feynman diagrams applied to condensed matter physics problem.

A russian classic by one of the masters. Also a bit old fashioned and not very easy for beginners but covers all the basics.

Already mentioned in the other answer. For a path-integral approach to condensed matter physics.

Very well-written and easy reading. Similar to the first one (Mahan).

Quantum Hall Effects

I don't like it very much, very sloppy with notation.

The first chapters are a good overview of quantum Hall effects. Also it is obviously biased towards Jain's theory of composite fermions (as its title reflects!) and so full of hand-waving arguments to try to justify it.

Not easy to find, I like it though because it covers all the experimental stuff you need to know.

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Condensed Matter Field Theory by Altland and Simons. Has a lot of example systems to be explored.

Introduction to Superconductivity by Tinkham. Classic book on superconductivity

enjoy =)

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General Condensed Matter

In some areas a successor to Ashcroft & Mermin

Condensed matter at low temperatures


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I recently discovered Marder and must say it's marvelous. I hope it will someday replace Ashcroft & Mermin in standard condensed matter education. –  Lagerbaer Mar 9 '12 at 1:50

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