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.



Selective Photonic Disinfection Selective Photonic Disinfection
Shaw-Wei David Tsen, Kong-Thon Tsen
Pathogens such as viruses and bacteria are among the greatest threats to human health worldwide. In today's era of population growth and international travel, new technologies are desperately needed to combat the spread of known and emerging pathogen...
Publication Date: July, 2016

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Physics and Video Analysis Physics and Video Analysis
Rhett Allain
We currently live in a world filled with videos. There are videos on YouTube, feature movies and even videos recorded with our own cameras and smartphones. These videos present an excellent opportunity to not only explore physical concepts, but also ...
Publication Date: June, 2016

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Single Molecule Biophysics and Poisson Process Approach to Statistical Mechanics Single Molecule Biophysics and Poisson Process Approach to Statistical Mechanics
Susanta K. Sarkar
This is an overview of single molecule physics, the study of both equilibrium and non-equilibrium properties at the single molecule level. It begins with an introduction to this fascinating science and includes a chapter on how to build the most popu...
Publication Date: June, 2016

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Explicit Symmetry Breaking in Electrodynamic Systems and Electromagnetic Radiation Explicit Symmetry Breaking in Electrodynamic Systems and Electromagnetic Radiation
Dhiraj Sinha, Gehan Amaratunga
This book is an introduction to the concept of symmetries in electromagnetism and explicit symmetry breaking. It begins with a brief background on the origin of the concept of symmetry and its meaning in fields such as architecture, mathematics and p...
Publication Date: June, 2016

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Searching for Habitable Worlds Searching for Habitable Worlds
Abel Mendez, Wilson Gonzalez-Espada
What does it take to consider a planet potentially habitable? If a planet is suitable for life, could life be present? Is life on other planets inevitable? Searching for Habitable Worlds answers these questions and provides both the general public an...
Publication Date: June, 2016

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Fourier Ptychographic Imaging Fourier Ptychographic Imaging
Guoan Zheng
This book demonstrates the concept of Fourier ptychography, a new imaging technique that bypasses the resolution limit of the employed optics. In particular, it transforms the general challenge of high-throughput, high-resolution imaging ...
Publication Date: May, 2016

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Antimicrobial Photodynamic Inactivation and Antitumor Photodynamic Therapy with Fullerenes Antimicrobial Photodynamic Inactivation and Antitumor Photodynamic Therapy with Fullerenes
Lucas Freitas de Freitas, Michael Hamblin
This book provides detailed and current information on using fullerenes (bucky-balls) in photodynamic therapy (PDT), one of the most actively studied applications of photonic science in healthcare. This will serve as a useful source for researchers w...
Publication Date: April, 2016

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Women and Physics Women and Physics
Laura McCullough
This book begins with an examination of the numbers of women in physics in English-speaking countries, moving on to examine factors that affect girls and their decision to continue in science, right through to education and on into the problems that ...
Publication Date: April, 2016

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The Midlife Crisis of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty The Midlife Crisis of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty
Peter Pella
The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) has been the principal legal barrier to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons for the past forty-five years. It promotes the peaceful uses of nuclear technology and insures, through the application of safegua...
Publication Date: April, 2016

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Electromagnetics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Electromagnetics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Christopher Collins
For all its utility and prevalence, Magnetic Resonance Imaging is much less commonly understood and less readily explained than other common medical imaging techniques. This book explains MRI with emphasis on the magnetic fields required, their gener...
Publication Date: April, 2016

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Biophotonics Biophotonics
Matthew Baker, Caryn S. Hughes, Katherine A. Hollywood
Biophotonic diagnostics/biomedical spectroscopy can revolutionise the medical environment by providing a responsive and objective diagnostic environment. This book aims to explain the fundamentals of the physical techniques used combined with the par...
Publication Date: April, 2016

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Physics of the Lorentz Group Physics of the Lorentz Group
Sibel Baskal, Young S. Kim, Marilyn E. Noz
This book explains the Lorentz mathematical group in a language familiar to physicists. While the three-dimensional rotation group is one of the standard mathematical tools in physics, the Lorentz group of the four-dimensional Minkowski space is stil...
Publication Date: April, 2016

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A Practical Introduction to Beam Physics and Particle Accelerators A Practical Introduction to Beam Physics and Particle Accelerators
Santiago Bernal
This book is a brief exposition of the principles of beam physics and particle accelerators with emphasis on numerical examples employing readily available computer tools. However, we avoid detailed derivations, instead inviting the reader to use gen...
Publication Date: April, 2016

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Hadronic Jets Hadronic Jets
Andrea Banfi
The book is a concise, yet deep introduction to what hadronic jets are and why they are so important for our current understanding of the physics of elementary particles. It has been written for graduate students in particle physics and physicists n...
Publication Date: February, 2016

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Student Attitudes, Student Anxieties, and How to Address Them Student Attitudes, Student Anxieties, and How to Address Them
Helge Kastrup, Jeffry V. Mallow
This book is based on a commitment to teaching science to everybody. What may work for training professional scientists does not work for general science education. Students bring to the classrooms preconceived attitudes, as well as the emotional bag...
Publication Date: February, 2016

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Networks on Networks Networks on Networks
Allen Hunt, Stefano Manzoni
Order from chaos is simultaneously a mantra of physics and a reality in biology. Physicist Norman Packard suggested that life developed and thrived at the edge of chaos. Questions remain, however, as to how much practical knowledge of biology can be ...
Publication Date: January, 2016

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Discrete Quantum Mechanics Discrete Quantum Mechanics
H. Thomas Williams
After a quarter century of discoveries that rattled the foundations of classical mechanics and electrodynamics, the year 1926 saw the publication of two works intended to provide a theoretical structure to support new quantum explanations of the suba...
Publication Date: December, 2015

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Capture and Relaxation in Self-Assembled Semiconductor Quantum Dots Capture and Relaxation in Self-Assembled Semiconductor Quantum Dots
Gerald Bastard, Robson Ferreira
This is an overview of different models and mechanisms developed to describe the capture and relaxation of carriers in quantum-dot systems. Despite their undisputed importance, the mechanisms leading to population and energy exchanges between a quant...
Publication Date: December, 2015

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The Search and Discovery of the Higgs Boson The Search and Discovery of the Higgs Boson
Luis Roberto Flores Castillo
On July 4, 2012 the discovery of the Higgs boson was announced by CERN and quickly became the hottest topic of the scientific community. This new book is written by someone who worked at CERN primarily in the search for, and now the study of, the Hig...
Publication Date: December, 2015

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Lectures on Selected Topics in Mathematical Physics Lectures on Selected Topics in Mathematical Physics
William A. Schwalm
This volume is a basic introduction to certain aspects of elliptic functions and elliptic integrals. Primarily, the elliptic functions stand out as closed solutions to a class of physical and geometrical problems giving rise to nonlinear differential...
Publication Date: December, 2015

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