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.



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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An Introduction to the Formalism of Quantum Information with Continuous Variables An Introduction to the Formalism of Quantum Information with Continuous Variables
Carlos Navarette-Benlloch
Quantum information is an emerging field which has attracted a lot of attention in the last couple of decades. It is a broad subject which extends from the most applied questions (e.g. how to build quantum computers or secure cryptographic systems) t...
Publication Date: January 11, 2016

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After the War: Women in Physics in the United States After the War: Women in Physics in the United States
Ruth Howes, Caroline Herzenberg
This book is about women in physics in America in the immediate aftermath of World War II. Physics has always been a male-dominated field that has posed challenges for women working in the profession. This was especially true in the United States a...
Publication Date: December 27, 2015

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Computation in Science Computation in Science
Konrad Hinsen
Computation in Science provides a theoretical background in computation to scientists who use computational methods. It explains how computing is used in the natural sciences, and provides a high-level overview of those aspects of computer sci...
Publication Date: December 17, 2015

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Order from Force Order from Force
Jeffrey H. Williams
The present theme concerns the forces of nature, and what investigations of these forces can tell us about the world we see about us. The story of these forces is long and complex, and contains many episodes that are not atypical of the bulk of scien...
Publication Date: December 10, 2015

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Elementary Cosmology: From Aristotle's Universe to the Big Bang and Beyond Elementary Cosmology: From Aristotle's Universe to the Big Bang and Beyond
James Kolata
Cosmology is the study of the origin, size, and evolution of the entire universe. Every culture has developed a cosmology, whether it be based on religious, philosophical, or scientific principles. In this book, the evolution of the scientific unders...
Publication Date: December 9, 2015

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Smart Internal Stimulus-Responsive Nanocarriers for Drug and Gene Delivery Smart Internal Stimulus-Responsive Nanocarriers for Drug and Gene Delivery
Madhi Karimi, Parham Sahandi Zangabad, Amir Ghasemi, Michael R Hamblin
The concept of smart drug delivery vehicles involves designing and preparing a nanostructure (or microstructure) that can be loaded with a cargo. This can be a therapeutic drug, a contrast agent for imaging, or a nucleic acid for gene therapy. The na...
Publication Date: December 9, 2015

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Smart External Stimulus-Responsive Nanocarriers for Drug and Gene Delivery Smart External Stimulus-Responsive Nanocarriers for Drug and Gene Delivery
Mahdi Karimi, Parham Sahandi Zangabad, Amir Ghasemi, Michael R. Hamblin
The concept of smart drug delivery vehicles involves designing and preparing a nanostructure (or microstructure) that can be loaded with a cargo, this can be a therapeutic drug, a contrast agent for imaging, or a nucleic acid for gene therapy. The na...
Publication Date: December 9, 2015

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Structure and Evolution of Single Stars Structure and Evolution of Single Stars
James MacDonald
Structure and Evolution of Single Stars: An introduction is intended for upper-level undergraduates and beginning graduates with a background in physics. Following a brief overview of the background observational material, the basic equations describ...
Publication Date: December 11, 2015

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Introduction to Focused Ion Beam Nanometrology Introduction to Focused Ion Beam Nanometrology
David C. Cox
This book describes modern focused ion beam microscopes and techniques and how they can be used to aid materials metrology and as tools for the fabrication of devices that in turn are used in many other aspects of fundamental metrology. Beginning wit...
Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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Organ Printing Organ Printing
Dong-Woo Cho, Jung-Seob Lee, Falguni Pati, Jin Woo Jung, Jinah Jang, Jeong Hun Park
This book introduces various 3D printing systems, biomaterials, and cells for organ printing. In view of the latest applications of several 3D printing systems, their advantages and disadvantages are also discussed. A basic understanding of the entir...
Publication Date: November 9, 2015

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Designing Hybrid Nanoparticles Designing Hybrid Nanoparticles
Maria Benelmekki
In the last few years, several “bottom-up” and “top-down” synthesis routes have been developed to produce tailored hybrid nanoparticles (HNPs). This book provides a new insight into one of the most promising “bottom-up” techniques, based ...
Publication Date: April, 2015

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An Introduction to Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) and its Application to Materials Science An Introduction to Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) and its Application to Materials Science
Sarah Fearn
This book highlights the application of Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) for high-resolution surface analysis and characterization of materials. While providing a brief overview of the principles of SIMS, it also provides exa...
Publication Date: October, 2015

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Nonlinear Optics of Photonic Crystals and Meta-Materials Nonlinear Optics of Photonic Crystals and Meta-Materials
Arthur R. McGurn
This is a brief introduction to the ideas and phenomena that occur in the nonlinear optics of photonic crystals and metamaterials. These are illustrated within the context of simple models which provide an easy understanding of the physical phenomen...
Publication Date: September, 2015

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