IOP Concise Physics

From Astronomy to Quantum Computing, Concise Physics publishes short texts in over 30 distinct areas of physics. These books provide readers with a snapshot of current research, an introduction to key principles, a look back at historical events and people, and even delve into issues surrounding effective teaching methods. These books are aimed at researchers, students, teachers, and anyone interested in physics at all levels. The books are available for individuals in print and e-book format on this site.

Purchasing for libraries is available through the IOP at their web site: IOP Concise Physics.



A Journey into Reciprocal Space A Journey into Reciprocal Space
A.M. Glazer
The concept of reciprocal space is over 100 years old, and has been of particular use by crystallographers in order to understand the patterns of spots when x-rays are diffracted by crystals. However, it has a much more general use, especially in the...
Publication Date: November, 2017

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Halo Nuclei Halo Nuclei
Jim Al-Khalili OBE
While neutron halos were discovered 30 years ago, this is the first book written on the subject of this exotic form of nuclei that typically contain many more neutrons than stable isotopes of those elements. It provides an introductory description o...
Publication Date: November, 2017

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The Tai Chi in Star Formation The Tai Chi in Star Formation
Hua-bai Li
Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art developed based on the laws of nature, emphaszses how 'to conquer the unyielding with the yielding.' The recent observation of star formation shows that stars result from the interaction between gravity, turbulence and ...
Publication Date: November, 2017

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Carbon Nanotubes in Drug and Gene Delivery Carbon Nanotubes in Drug and Gene Delivery
Mahdi Karimi, Amir Ghasemi, Soroush Mirkiani, Masoud Mousavi Basri, Michael Hamblin
Recent important discoveries and developments in nanotechnology have had a remarkable and ever-increasing impact on many industries, especially materials science, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. Nanocarriers have been investigated for a wide vari...
Publication Date: October, 2017

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Essential Mathematics for the Physical Sciences, Volume 1 Essential Mathematics for the Physical Sciences, Volume 1
Brett Borden, James Luscombe
Physics is expressed in the language of mathematics; it is deeply ingrained in how physics is taught and how it’s practiced. A study of the mathematics used in science is thus a sound intellectual investment for training as scientists and engineers...
Publication Date: October, 2017

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Entrepreneurship for Physicists Entrepreneurship for Physicists
Davide Iannuzzi
Physicists are very smart people. Still, when it comes to moving their ideas from university to market, they often lack the basic set of know-hows that could help them succeed in the technology transfer process. To fill this gap, Entrepreneurship for...
Publication Date: October, 2017

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Quantum Chemistry, 2nd Edition Quantum Chemistry, 2nd Edition
Ajit Thakkar
This book provides non-specialists with a basic understanding of the underlying concepts of quantum chemistry. It is both a text for second or third-year undergraduates and a reference for researchers who need a quick introduction or refresher. All ...
Publication Date: October, 2017

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Applied Digital Logic Exercises Using FPGAs Applied Digital Logic Exercises Using FPGAs
Kurt Wick
FPGAs have almost entirely replaced the traditional Application Specific Standard Parts (ASSP) such as the 74xx logic chip families because of their superior size, versatility, and speed. For example, FPGAs provide over a million fold increase in gat...
Publication Date: October, 2017

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Crystal Engineering Crystal Engineering
Jeffrey Huw Williams
There are more than 20 million chemicals in the literature, with new materials being synthesized each week. Most of these molecules are stable, and the 3-dimensional arrangement of the atoms in the molecules, in the various solids may be determined b...
Publication Date: October, 2017

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An Introduction to Chemical Kinetics An Introduction to Chemical Kinetics
Claire Vallance
The book is a short primer on chemical reaction rates based on a six-lecture first-year undergraduate course taught by the author at the University of Oxford. The book explores the various factors that determine how fast or slowly a chemical reaction...
Publication Date: October, 2017

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Modeling Self-Heating Effects in Nanoscale Devices Modeling Self-Heating Effects in Nanoscale Devices
Katerina Raleva, Abdul Rawoof Sheik, Dragica Vasileska, Stephen M. Goodnick
It is generally acknowledged that modeling and simulation are preferred alternatives to trial and error approaches to semiconductor fabrication in the present environment, where the cost of process runs and associated mask sets is increasing exponent...
Publication Date: September, 2017

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Semiconductor Integrated Optics for Switching Light Semiconductor Integrated Optics for Switching Light
Charlie Ironside
This book covers the technology of switching or modulating light in semiconductor optical waveguides. Currently a key function for optical communications systems is the conversion of data from an electrical signal to an optical signal for transmissio...
Publication Date: September, 2017

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Radiative Properties of Semiconductors Radiative Properties of Semiconductors
N.M. Ravindra, Sita Rajyalaxmi Marthi, Asahel Banobre
Optical properties, particularly in the infrared range of wavelengths, continue to be of enormous interest to both material scientists and device engineers. The need for the development of standards for data of optical properties in the infrared rang...
Publication Date: August, 2017

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Beyond Curie Beyond Curie
Scott Calvin
In the 116 year history of the Nobel Prize in physics, only two women have won the award; Marie Curie (1903) and Maria Mayer (1963). During the sixty years between those awards, several women did work in physics of similar caliber including Cecilia P...
Publication Date: August, 2017

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Physics and the Environment Physics and the Environment
Kyle Forinash
Physics and the Environment directly connects the physical world to environmental issues that the world is facing today and will face in the future. It shows how the first and second laws of thermodynamics limit the efficiencies of fossil fuel energ...
Publication Date: July, 2017

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Spiral Structure in Galaxies Spiral Structure in Galaxies
Marc S. Seigar
A spiral galaxy is a type of galaxy originally described by Edwin Hubble in his 1936 work The Realm of Nebulae and, as such, forms part of the Hubble sequence. Spiral galaxies consist of a flat, rotating disk containing stars, gas and dust, a...
Publication Date: July, 2017

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The Electric Dipole Moment Challenge The Electric Dipole Moment Challenge
Richard Talman
With the Higgs particle just confirmed, a remaining blemish of the standard model of elementary particle physics is the excess of particles over antiparticles in the present-day universe, which could be due the existence of symmetry violation much gr...
Publication Date: May, 2017

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The Manhattan Project The Manhattan Project
B. Cameron Reed
The development of nuclear weapons by the Manhattan Project during World War II was one of the most dramatic scientific/technological episodes in human history. This book, prepared by a recognized expert on the Manhattan Project, offers a concise sur...
Publication Date: May, 2017

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Sterile Neutrino Dark Matter Sterile Neutrino Dark Matter
Alexander Merle
This book is a new look at one of the hottest topics in contemporary science, Dark Matter. It is the pioneering text dedicated to sterile neutrinos as candidate particles for Dark Matter, challenging some of the standard assumptions which may be true...
Publication Date: May, 2017

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Concepts in Physical Metallurgy Concepts in Physical Metallurgy
Lavakumar Avala
The progress of civilization can be, in part, attributed to their ability to employ metallurgy. This book is an introduction to multiple facets of physical metallurgy, materials science, and engineering. As all metals are crystalline in structure, i...
Publication Date: May, 2017

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