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Optical Properties of Solids

The innovative text gives an introductory treatment of the optical properties of solids. The fundamental principles of absorption, reflection, luminescence and light scattering are discussed for a wide range of materials, including crystalline insulators and semiconductors, glasses, metals, and molecular materials. Classical and quantum models are used as appropriate, and the phenomena are well illustrated using recent experimental data. A particular feature is the inclusion of many new topics that have come to the fore in recent years and have not previously been covered in other solid state texts at this level. Examples include semiconductor quantum wells, organic semiconductors, vibronic solid state lasers and nonlinear optics. The book is primarily written for physicists, but it will also be useful for electrical engineers, materials scientists, and physical chemists. The subject material is developed in a tutorial style, and includes worked examples, exercises, and chapter summaries for revision.
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Table of Contents

Preface ; 1. Introduction ; 2. Classical propagation ; 3. Interband absorption ; 4. Excitons ; 5. Luminescence ; 6. Semiconductor quantum wells ; 7. Free electrons ; 8. Molecular materials ; 9. Luminescence centres ; 10. Phonons ; 11. Nonlinear optics ; Appendix A: Electromagnetism in dielectrics ; Appendix B: Quantum theory of radiative absorption and emission ; Appendix C: Band theory ; Appendix D: Semiconductor p-i-n diodes

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Dr Mark Fox, University of Sheffield, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Hicks Building, Sheffield S3 7RH, Tel.: 0114/2224527, Fax: 0114/2728079, Email:


"Fox has succeeded in offering a good, compact, senior level presentation of the optical properties of solids." American Journal of Physics "The author has commendably achieved his aim of supplementing the standard texts and introducing subjects that have come to the fore in the last 10-20 years." Prof. Carl Pidgeon, Heriot-Watt, Imperial College, London " ... original and very worthwhile text" Prof. Mike Glazer, University of Oxford

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