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Characterisation Methods in Solid State and Materials Science

Kelly Morrison


Solid state science is the study of matter, specifically of solid systems. The field encompasses materials science, solid state chemistry, solid state physics and parts of electrical engineering. In this book, Kelly Morrison presents a comprehensive overview of the various characterisation techniques involved in solid state research. The generalised approach offers a deeper understanding of the benefits, drawbacks and overlap within different characterisation techniques. The book examines techniques within diffraction, microscopy and spectroscopy, and discusses thermal, electric and magnetic characterisation. It also provides a background to general physics, including atomic theory, general optics, Fourier transforms, magnetism, and crystallographic notation, equipping readers with the knowledge they need to understand solid state science techniques.

About Editors

Kelly Morrison is a senior lecturer and EPSRC Fellow at Loughborough University. She completed her doctorate in physics at Imperial College London in 2010, where she focussed on magnetic materials for solid state refrigeration. Since joining Loughborough University in 2013, she has shifted her research focus towards potential mechanisms for energy harvesting in thin films, in particular, the spin Seebeck effect.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

2 Fourier Transforms and Fourier Optics

3 Diffraction techniques

4 Microscopy

5 Spectroscopy Techniques

6 Thermal Characterisation

7 Electric Characterisation

8 Magnetic Characterisation

A Useful units

B Magnetic zoology and magnetic units

C Basic lattice structures

D Space and symmetry groups

E Fourier series – calculation

F Fourier optics labscript


Hardback ISBN: 9780750313841

Ebook ISBN: 9780750313834

DOI: 10.1088/2053-2563/ab2df5

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing


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