This text continues to fill the need to communicate the present view of a solid as a system of interacting particles which, under suitable circumstances, behaves like a collection of nearly independent elementary excitations. In addition to introducing basic concepts, the author frequently refers to experimental data. Usually, both the basic theory and the applications discussed deal with the behavior of '`'simple' metals, rather than the '`'complicated' metals, such as the transition metals and the rare earths. Problems have been included for most of the chapters.

chapter 1|12 pages

Introductory Survey

chapter 2|43 pages


chapter 3|112 pages

Electrons and Plasmons

chapter 4|63 pages

Electrons, Plasmons, and Photons in Solids

chapter 5|50 pages

Electron-Phonon Interaction in Metals