Optical Properties of Solids / Edition 2

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Overview


The second edition of this successful textbook provides an up-to-date account of the optical physics of solid state materials. The basic principles of absorption, reflection, luminescence, and light scattering are covered for a wide range of materials, including insulators, semiconductors and metals. The text starts with a review of classical optics, and then moves on to the treatment of optical transition rates by quantum theory. In addition to the traditional discussion of crystalline materials, glasses and molecular solids are also covered.

The first edition included a number of subjects that are not normally covered in standard texts, notably semiconductor quantum wells, molecular materials, vibronic solid state lasers, and nonlinear optics. The basic structure of the second edition is unchanged, but all of the chapters have been updated and improved. Futhermore, a number of important new topics have been added, including:

DT Optical control of spin
DT Quantum dots
DT Plasmonics
DT Negative refraction
DT Carbon nanostructures (graphene, nanotubes and fullerenes)
DT NV centres in diamond

The text is aimed at final year undergraduates, masters students and researchers. It is mainly written for physicists, but might also be useful for electrical engineers, materials scientists and physical chemists. The topics are written in a clear tutorial style with worked examples, chapter summaries and exercises.

To request a copy of the Solutions Manual, visit: http://global.oup.com/uk/academic/physics/admin/solutions

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"[A] useful and sound introduction to the subject."--Materials World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199573363
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/20/2010
  • Series: Oxford Master Series in Physics Series , #3
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Fox, Professor of Physics at the University of Sheffield, began his research career at Christ Church, Oxford, in 1986, as a Junior Research Fellow. After a post-doctoral position with AT&T Bell Laboratories in the US, he returned to Oxford as a Royal Society University Research Fellow. He moved to Sheffield in 1998, becoming Professor there in 2006.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Classical propagation 25
3 Interband absorption 49
4 Excitons 76
5 Luminescence 92
6 Semiconductor quantum wells 115
7 Free electrons 143
8 Molecular materials 165
9 Luminescence centres 186
10 Phonons 204
11 Nonlinear optics 227
A Electromagnetism in dielectrics 255
B Quantum theory of radiative absorption and emission 263
C Band theory 271
D Semiconductor p-i-n diodes 280
Solutions to exercises 282
Bibliography 290
Symbols 295
Index 297
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