Synopses & Reviews
This book provides the fundamental statistical theory of atomic transport in crystalline solids, that is the means by which processes occurring at the atomic level are related to macroscopic transport coefficients and other observable quantities. The cornerstones of the authors' treatment are (i) the physical concepts of lattice defects, (ii) the phenomenological description provided by non-equilibrium thermodynamics and (iii) the various methods of statistical mechanics used to link these (kinetic theory, random-walk theory, linear response theory etc.). The book is primarily concerned with transport in the body of crystal lattices and not with transport on surfaces, within grain boundaries or along dislocations, although much of the theory here presented can be applied to these low-dimensional structures when they are atomically well ordered and regular.
' ... a thorough and critical treatise centered on the thermodynamics and kinetics of atomic transport in ionic and metallic solids, a field in which both authors have been leading contributors for many years ... authoritative ... should prove very valuable to scientists and advanced students in all the areas of materials science.' David Turnbull, Science
'The authors demonstrate in a remarkable way that a high theoretical level of presentation and comprehensibility for a broad readership are not mutally exclusive ... strongly recommended to final year undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as to research workers ... a pleasure to read and will be of substantial benefit to anyone interested in diffusion from a general point of view.' Zeitschrift fur physikalische Chemie
This book provides the fundamental statistical theory of atomic transport in crystalline solids.
Table of Contents
1. Atomic movements in solids - phenomenological equations; 2. Imperfections in solids; 3. Statistical thermodynamics of crystals containing point defects; 4. Non-equilibrium thermodynamics of atomic transport processes in solids; 5. Some applications of non-equilibrium thermodynamics to solids; 6. Microscopic theories - the master equation; 7. Kinetic theory of relaxation processes; 8. Kinetic theory of isothermal diffusion processes; 9. The theory of random walks; 10. Random walk theories of atomic diffusion; 11. Transport coefficients of dilute solid solutions - results and applications; 12. The evaluation of nuclear magnetic relaxation rates; 13. Theories of concentrated and highly defective systems; Epilogue; References.