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Optical Effects in Solids

  • Date Published: May 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107160149


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  • An overview of the optical effects in solids, addressing the physics of various materials and their response to electromagnetic radiation. The discussion includes metals, semiconductors, superconductors, and insulators. The book begins by introducing the dielectric function into Maxwell's macroscopic equations and finding their plane-wave solution. The physics governing the dielectric function of various materials is then covered, both classically and using basic quantum mechanics. Advanced topics covered include interacting electrons, the anomalous skin effect, anisotropy, magneto-optics, and inhomogeneous materials. Each subject begins with a connection to the basic physics of the particular solid, after which the measurable optical quantities are derived. It allows the reader to connect measurements (reflectance, optical conductivity and dielectric function) with the underlying physics of solids. Methods of analysing experimental data are addressed, making this an ideal resource for students and researchers interested in solid state physics, optics, and materials science.

    • Covers topics often omitted from books on optical properties and solid-state physics, including inhomogeneous materials, optics of crystals, magneto-optics, phonons, and anomalous skin effect
    • The author's website includes free analysis programs for optical data, allowing the reader to carry out Kramers–Kronig analysis, fits to transmission or reflection of multilayer films, fits to model dielectric functions, and manipulate data.
    • A wide range of materials for which optical effects can be studied are covered, making it a comprehensive overview
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107160149
    • length: 410 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 192 x 24 mm
    • weight: 1.01kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus. 123 colour illus. 17 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Maxwell's equations and plane waves in matter
    3. The complex dielectric function and refractive index
    4. Classical theories for the dielectric function
    5. Phonons
    6. A look at real solids
    7. Transmission and reflection
    8. Free-electron metals
    9. Optical excitations: quantum mechanics
    10. Kramers–Kronig relations and sum rules
    11. Superconductors
    12. Semiconductors and insulators
    13. Strongly interacting solids
    14. Nonlocal effects
    15. Anisotropic crystals
    16. Magneto-optics
    17. Inhomogeneous materials

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    David B. Tanner

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    David B. Tanner, University of Florida
    David B. Tanner is Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Florida. His research focuses on condensed matter and particle astrophysics. He has previously served as Department Chair and Chair of the Division of Condensed Matter Physics for American Physical Society (APS). In 2016, he received the APS Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids and, in the same year, shared a Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for the discovery of gravitational waves.

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