I am looking for good physics textbooks on materials and crystal physics, I do not mind if they are a bit general but they must cover useful topics. However, the specific topics I would like some suggestions for are piezo-electricity, ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism in crystals and materials.

I would like them to be as rigorous as possible as I need more theoretical frameworks that these phenomena occur in rather than a focus on engineering/application.


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As usual one should start with the fundamental Solid State books for which I recommend

  1. Introduction to Solid State Physics - Kittel
  2. Solid State Physics - Ashcroft & Mermin
  3. Solid-State Physics: An Introduction to Principles of Materials Science - Ibach & Lüth

For the books concerning with the magnetism I can list you some names, none of which I can say much because I did not read them thoroughly myself

  1. Fundamentals of Magnetism - Getzlaff
  2. Magnetism, Basics and Applications - Stefanita
  3. Magnetism, From Fundamentals to Nanoscale Dynamics - Stohr & Siegmann
  4. Modern Theory of Magnetism in Metals and Alloys - Kakehashi
  5. Quantum Theory of Magnetism - Nolting & Ramakanth

I also made a fast search for the books on Piezoelectricity in Springerlink and here is the list. For these books I cannot say anything at all since I did not even open their cover.

  1. Piezoelectricity Evolution and Future of a Technology - HeywangKarl & Lubitz & Wersing
  2. Special Topics in the Theory of Piezoelectricity - Yang
  3. An Introduction to the Theory of Piezoelectricity - Yang
  4. Advanced Mechanics of Piezoelectricity - Qin
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    $\begingroup$ I would add Condensed Matter Physics by Marder books.google.fr/books/about/… $\endgroup$
    – Mauricio
    Mar 20, 2018 at 14:41
  • $\begingroup$ If one is studying crystals or intersecting anisotropy in any way, Nye's Physical Properties of Crystals: Their Representation by Tensors and Matrices is an excellent reference. $\endgroup$ Mar 20, 2018 at 16:10
  • $\begingroup$ @Chemomechanics Does that book at all cover Piezo-electricity? I'm beginning to think that it is not a subject that is covered exclusively by a book, but somewhat glossed over in books written on other areas. $\endgroup$ Mar 21, 2018 at 10:55
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    $\begingroup$ @GramCracker I have edited my answer, it may help $\endgroup$ Mar 21, 2018 at 11:32
  • $\begingroup$ @GramCracker There’s a chapter thoroughly covering the structure and unique aspects of the piezoelectricity tensor (but not the mechanism; Nye is about understanding the tensors, math, and crystal symmetry). $\endgroup$ Mar 21, 2018 at 14:32

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