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.



Confocal Microscopy Confocal Microscopy
Jian Liu and Jiubin Tan
The confocal microscope is appropriate for imaging cells or the measurement of industrial artefacts. However, junior researchers and instrument users sometimes misuse imaging concepts and metrological characteristics, such as position resolution in ...
Publication Date: December, 2016

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Biophysics of the Senses Biophysics of the Senses
Tennille D. Presley
Biophysics of the Senses connects fundamental properties of physics to biological systems, relating them directly to the human body. It includes discussions of the role of charges and free radicals in disease and homeostasis, how as...
Publication Date: December, 2016

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A Pedagogical Introduction to Electroweak Baryogenesis A Pedagogical Introduction to Electroweak Baryogenesis
Graham Albert White
This is an in depth look at baryon number violation in the Standard Model including the necessary background in finite temperature field theory, plasma dynamics and how to calculate the out of equilibrium evolution of particle number densities throug...
Publication Date: December, 2016

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Advanced Numerical and Theoretical Methods for Photonic Crystals and Metamaterials Advanced Numerical and Theoretical Methods for Photonic Crystals and Metamaterials
Didier Felbacq
This book provides a set of theoretical and numerical tools useful for the study of wave propagation in metamaterials and photonic crystals. While concentrating on electromagnetic waves, most of the material can be used for acoustic (or quantum) wave...
Publication Date: December, 2016

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An Introduction to Quantum Monte Carlo Methods An Introduction to Quantum Monte Carlo Methods
Tao Pang
Monte Carlo methods have been very prominent in computer simulation of various systems in physics, chemistry, biology, and materials science. This book focuses on the diļ¬€usion and path-integral quantum Monte Carlo methods in many-body physics and p...
Publication Date: December, 2016

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A Guided Tour of Light Beams A Guided Tour of Light Beams
David S. Simon
From science fiction death rays to supermarket scanners, lasers have become deeply embedded in our daily lives and our culture. But in recent decades the standard laser beam has evolved into an array of more specialized light beams with a variety of ...
Publication Date: December, 2016

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Quantifying Measurement Quantifying Measurement
Jeffrey H. Williams
Measurements and experiments are made each and every day, in fields as disparate as particle physics, chemistry, economics and medicine, but have you ever wondered why it is that a particular experiment has been designed to be the way it is. Indeed, ...
Publication Date: November, 2016

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A Handbook of Mathematical Methods and Problem-Solving Tools for Introductory Physics A Handbook of Mathematical Methods and Problem-Solving Tools for Introductory Physics
Joshua F. Whitney and Heather M. Whitney
This is a companion textbook for an introductory course in physics. It thoroughly links the theories students learn in class with actual problem-solving techniques. In other words, it should address the common complaint that "I feel like I understa...
Publication Date: November, 2016

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Mitigation of Cancer Therapy Side-Effects with Light Mitigation of Cancer Therapy Side-Effects with Light
Raj Nair, Rene-Jean Bensadoun
'Light' from low level laser therapy, through a process called photobiomodulation (PBM), has been in existence in supportive care in cancer, in particular in the management of oral mucositis (OM) in patients undergoing chemotherapy, radiation therapy...
Publication Date: November, 2016

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Electromagnetism Electromagnetism
Carolina C. Ilie, Zachariah S. Schrecengost
Electromagnetism: Problems and solutions is an ideal companion book for the undergraduate student (sophomore, junior, or senior) who may want to work on more problems and receive immediate feedback while studying. Each chapter contains brief theoreti...
Publication Date: November, 2016

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Computational Approaches in Physics Computational Approaches in Physics
Maria Fyta
Computational Approaches in Physics reviews computational schemes which are used in the simulations of physical systems. These range from very accurate ab initio techniques up to coarse-grained and mesoscopic schemes. The choice of the method is base...
Publication Date: November, 2016

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Exploring Physics with Computer Animation and PhysGL Exploring Physics with Computer Animation and PhysGL
T.J. Bensky
This book shows how the web-based PhysGL programming environment (at http://physgl.org) can be used to teach and learn elementary mechanics (physics) using simple coding exercises. The book's theme is t...
Publication Date: November, 2016

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The Physics and Mathematics of MRI The Physics and Mathematics of MRI
Richard Ansorge, Martin Graves
Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a very important clinical imaging tool. It combines different fields of physics and engineering in a uniquely complex way. MRI is also surprisingly versatile, "pulse sequences" can be designed to yield many different typ...
Publication Date: November, 2016

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Essential Classical Mechanics for Device Physics Essential Classical Mechanics for Device Physics
Anthony Levi
Continued advances in the precision manufacturing of new structures at the nanometer scale have provided unique opportunities for device physics. This book sets out to summarize those elements of classical mechanics most applicable for scientists and...
Publication Date: October, 2016

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Extragalactic Astrophysics Extragalactic Astrophysics
James R. Webb
Extragalactic Astrophysics synthesizes the most important topics in the fields of extragalactic astrophysics at the advanced undergraduate and graduate level, providing the reader with the foundation and tools for research in any of these area...
Publication Date: October, 2016

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Searching for Dark Matter with Cosmic Gamma Rays Searching for Dark Matter with Cosmic Gamma Rays
Andrea Albert
This book summarizes the evidence for dark matter and what we can learn about its particle nature using cosmic gamma rays. Overwhelming evidence suggests 95% of the Universe's energy density doesn't fit within our Standard Model of particle physics...
Publication Date: September, 2016

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Butterfly in the Quantum World Butterfly in the Quantum World
Indubala I. Satija (with contributions by Douglas Hofstadter)
Butterfly in the Quantum World by Indu Satija, with contributions by Douglas Hofstadter, is the first book to tell the story of the "Hofstadter butterfly," a beautiful and fascinating graph lying at the heart of the quantum theory of matter. T...
Publication Date: September, 2016

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Fluids in Porous Media Fluids in Porous Media
Henk Huinink
This book introduces the reader into the field of the physics of processes occurring in porous media. It targets Master and PhD students who need to gain fundamental understanding the impact of confinement on transport and phase change processes. The...
Publication Date: September, 2016

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Earthquakes Earthquakes
W.R. Matson
This book is an introduction to wave dynamics as they apply to earthquakes, among the scariest, most unpredictable, and deadliest natural phenomena on Earth. Since studying seismic activity is essentially a study of wave dynamics, this text starts wi...
Publication Date: June, 2016

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Synchrotron Radiation Synchrotron Radiation
Jan-Erik Rubensson
Synchrotron radiation is the name given to the radiation which occurs when charged particles are accelerated in a curved path or orbit. Classically, any charged particle which moves in a curved path or is accelerated in a straight-line path will emit...
Publication Date: August, 2016

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