By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Physics and Astronomy, Committee on Condensed-Matter and Materials Physics
This ebook identifies possibilities, priorities, and demanding situations for the sector of condensed-matter and fabrics physics. It highlights intriguing fresh clinical and technological advancements and their societal impression and identifies notable questions for destiny learn. themes variety from the technological know-how of recent expertise to new fabrics and constructions, novel quantum phenomena, nonequilibrium physics, tender condensed topic, and new experimental and computational tools.
The e-book additionally addresses structural demanding situations for the sphere, together with nurturing its highbrow power, protecting a fit mix of huge and small study amenities, bettering the field's integration with different disciplines, and constructing new methods for scientists in academia, executive laboratories, and to interact. will probably be of curiosity to scientists, educators, scholars, and policymakers.
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Condensed-Matter and Materials Physics: Basic Research for Tomorrow's Technology by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Physics and Astronomy, Committee on Condensed-Matter and Materials Physics
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