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Encyclopedia of modern physics
Meyers, Robert A. (Robert Allen), 1936-
Publication Information:
San Diego : Academic Press, [1990]

Physical Description:
xii, 773 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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Central Library QC5 .E544 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This comprehensive collection of articles emphasizes new discoveries and technology and also covers some long-standing areas of research in the field of physics. Topics covered include superconductivity, quantum optics, and laser cooling.

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This book is a collection of 34 physics-related entries from the 15-volume Encyclopedia of Physical Science and Technology (1987) and its 1989 and 1990 yearbooks. Despite the title the emphasis is on the side of applied physics. All entries are written by leading practitioners in their respective fields. A typical entry provides a glossary of important terms, a general introduction and historical overview, and a 20 to 40 page treatment ending in a bibliography. Many helpful illustrations and photographs are used throughout and important data are presented in a tabular format. Most entries presuppose a basic knowledge of calculus, chemistry, and physics, though the introductory sections are accessible to the uninitiated. A 24-page index provides good subject access. It is unfortunate that the glossaries preceding each entry were not collected into a master list, which would increase the encyclopedia's reference utility. Recommended for large academic or public libraries. -R. Carande, San Diego State University

Table of Contents

Amorphous SemiconductorsD. Adler
Atomic and Molecular CollisionsR.E. Johnson
Atomic PhysicsF.M. Pipkin
Bonding and Structure in SolidsJ.C. Phillips
ChaosR.V. Jensen
Chemical PhysicsR. Bersohn and B.J. Berne
CP ViolationJ.F. Donoghue and B.R. Holstein
Dense Matter PhysicsG.Y.C. Leung
Electrodynamics, QuantumW.P. Healy
Elementary Particle PhysicsT. Barklow and M. Perl
Energy Transfer, IntramolecularP.W. Brumer
Excitons, SemiconductorD.C. Reynolds and T.C. Collins
FerromagnetismH.R. Khan
HolographyC.C. Guest
Laser Cooling and Trapping of AtomsJ.E. Bjorkholm
LasersW.T. Silfvast
Molecular Optical SpectroscopyT.M. Dunn
Multiphoton SpectroscopyY. Fujimura and S.H. Lin
Neutron ScatteringW.B. Yelon
Nonlinear Optical ProcessesJ.F. Reintjes
Nuclear PhysicsL. Wilets
Optical DiffractionS. Solimeno
Plasma Science and EngineeringJ.L. Shohet
Positron MicroscopyA. Rich and J. Van House
Quantum MechanicsA.T. Fromhold
Quantum OpticsJ.H. Eberly and P.W. Milonni
QuasicrystalsM.V. Jari*aac
Radiation PhysicsA. Holmes-Siedle
Relativity, GeneralJ.L. Anderson
Relativity, SpecialJ.D. McGervey
Statistical MechanicsW.A. Wassam
Superconductivity, MechanismsJ. Spalek
UltrasonicsJ. Szilard
Unified Field TheoriesL. Dolan

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