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Optical Properties of Solids

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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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