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Graphene. Carbon in Two Dimensions

  • ID: 2128557
  • Book
  • 363 Pages
  • Cambridge University Press
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Graphene is the thinnest known material, a sheet of carbon atoms arranged in hexagonal cells a single atom thick, and yet stronger than diamond. It has potentially significant applications in nanotechnology, 'beyond-silicon' electronics, solid-state realization of high-energy phenomena and as a prototype membrane which could revolutionise soft matter and 2D physics. In this book, leading graphene research theorist Mikhail Katsnelson presents the basic concepts of graphene physics. Topics covered include Berry phase, topologically protected zero modes, Klein tunneling, vacuum reconstruction near supercritical charges, and deformation-induced gauge fields. The book also introduces the theory of flexible membranes relevant to graphene physics and discusses electronic transport, optical properties, magnetism and spintronics. Standard undergraduate-level knowledge of quantum and statistical physics and solid state theory is assumed. This is an important textbook for graduate students in nanoscience and nanotechnology and an excellent introduction for physicists and materials science researchers working in related areas.
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1. Electronic structure of ideal graphene;
2. Electron states in magnetic fields;
3. Quantum transport via evanescent waves;
4. Klein paradox and chiral tunneling;
5. Edges, nanoribbons and quantum dots;
6. Point defects;
7. Optics and response functions;
8. Coulomb problem;
9. Crystal lattice dynamics and thermodynamics;
10. Gauge fields and strain engineering;
11. Scattering mechanisms and transport properties;
12. Spin effects and magnetism; References; Index.
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Mikhail I. Katsnelson Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen.

Mikhail Katsnelson is a Professor and head of the Theory of Condensed Matter group at the Institute for Molecules and Materials, Radboud University, in The Netherlands. His fields of expertise are magnetism, electronic structure and quantum many-body theory and after the discovery of graphene, he became one of the leaders in this new field. Professor Katsnelson is the author of several books including Quantum Solid State Physics (with S. V. Vonsovsky, Springer, 1989) and has been awarded a Russian State Prize for young researchers. He has also been honoured with royal decoration as a Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion.
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