solid-state physics


solid-state physics

Branch of physics concerned with the physical properties of solid materials. It deals with the properties of crystal-lattice arrangements of atoms, and dislocations and defects in the arrangements. These structures are especially important in the study of the conductance of heat and electricity through solid materials.

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