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Optical Processes in Solids

Optical Processes in Solids

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  • Date Published: February 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521556057

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  • Light, or electromagnetic wave, is the most powerful tool for probing the quantum mechanical motions of electrons and nuclei within molecules and condensed matter. Optical Processes in Solids describes the principles of this spectroscopic study with the help of illustrative comparisons of theoretical and experimental results that take into account the revolutionary progress brought about by the use of intense lasers and high-energy synchrotron light. In the final chapter Yutaka Toyozawa presents a speculative scenario on how solar light may have caused chemical reactions among atoms and molecules, leading to the creation and evolution of life on earth.

    • Graduate level textbook looking at the interaction of light and matter
    • Written by a very distinguished Japanese physicist
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    • Date Published: February 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521556057
    • length: 442 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Radiation field
    2. Quantum mechanics and the harmonic oscillator
    3. The interaction of radiation with matter
    4. Electronic versus nuclear motions and the optical spectra of localized electrons in solids
    5. Lattice vibrations
    6. Electric susceptibility and the dielectric constant
    7. One electron states in solids
    8. Excitons
    9. Polarons and the self-trapped state
    10. Optical spectra of excitons in the phonon field
    11. Higher order optical processes
    12. Inner shell excitation
    13. Photo-induced structural changes
    14. Light, matter, and life.

  • Author

    Yutaka Toyozawa, University of Tokyo
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