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.



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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Nuclear Power Nuclear Power
David Elliott
This book looks at the early history of nuclear power, at what happened next, and at its longer-term prospects. The main question is: can nuclear power overcome the problems that have emerged? It was once touted as the ultimate energy source, freein...
Publication Date: May, 2017

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Lectures on Selected Topics in Mathematical Physics Lectures on Selected Topics in Mathematical Physics
William A. Schwalm
This book provides an introduction to Lie Theory for first year graduate students and professional physicists who may not have come across the theory in their studies. In particular, it is a summary overview of the theory of finite groups, a brief de...
Publication Date: May, 2017

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The Physics of Thermoelectric Energy Conversion The Physics of Thermoelectric Energy Conversion
Julian Goldsmid
This book outlines the principles of thermoelectric generation and refrigeration from the discovery of the Seebeck and Peltier effects in the nineteenth century through the introduction of semiconductor thermoelements in the mid-twentieth century to ...
Publication Date: May, 2017

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The Universe Untangled The Universe Untangled
Abigail Pillitteri
Space curves around you, time slows down, particles are waves, a cat is both alive and dead. What's going on? It all starts to make sense when we untangle the universe with this clear and enlightening book. Day-dreamers and deep-thinkers, these are t...
Publication Date: May, 2017

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The Ringed Planet The Ringed Planet
Joshua Colwell
In September 2017, the Cassini spacecraft will point itself toward the atmosphere of Saturn and end its 13 year mission of solving many of the mysteries of the ringed planet's system with a crash. This book is a dramatic, beautifully illustrated jour...
Publication Date: April, 2017

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String Theory and the Real World String Theory and the Real World
Gordon Kane
The aim of this book is to explain why "string theory" may provide the comprehensive underlying theory that describes and explains our world, perhaps fairly soon. Although such a claim might seem controversial to many, I hope to convince the reader ...
Publication Date: March, 2017

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Outside the Research Lab, Volume 1 Outside the Research Lab, Volume 1
Sharon Ann Holgate
This book is written for students and other interested readers as a look inside the diverse range of applications for physics outside of the scientific research environment. This first volume covers several different areas of the arts and design rang...
Publication Date: March, 2017

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Electrostatic Phenomena on Planetary Surfaces Electrostatic Phenomena on Planetary Surfaces
Carlos I. Calle
The diverse planetary environments in the solar system react in somewhat different ways to the encompassing influence of the sun. These different interactions define the electrostatic phenomena that take place on and near planetary surfaces. The desi...
Publication Date: March, 2017

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The Melencolia Manifesto The Melencolia Manifesto
David Ritz Finkelstein
HAVE WE MISSED DURER'S INTENTION FOR CENTURIES?

Few artworks have been the subject of more extensive modern interpretation than Melencolia I by renowned artist, mathematician, and scientist Albrecht Durer (1514). And yet, ...
Publication Date: January, 2017

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Graphene Optics Graphene Optics
Ricardo A. Depine
This book is a rigorous but concise macroscopic description of the interaction between electromagnetic radiation and structures containing graphene sheets (two-dimensional structures). It presents canonical problems with translational invariant geome...
Publication Date: January, 2017

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