Optical Properties of Solids

Papers from the NATO Advanced Study Institute on Optical Properties of Solids Held August 7–20, 1966, at Freiburg, Germany

  • Sol Nudelman
  • S. S. Mitra

Part of the Optical Physics and Engineering book series (OPEG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. H. Jones
    Pages 1-22
  3. L. Pincherle
    Pages 23-59
  4. S. D. Smith
    Pages 85-122
  5. B. O. Seraphin
    Pages 153-173
  6. E. H. Putley
    Pages 175-195
  7. S. Nikitine
    Pages 197-237
  8. D. C. Reynolds
    Pages 239-286
  9. F. Matossi
    Pages 287-290
  10. H. Bilz
    Pages 291-308
  11. Shashanka S. Mitra
    Pages 333-451
  12. L. Genzel
    Pages 453-487
  13. Donald S. McClure
    Pages 555-569
  14. D. L. Wood
    Pages 571-593
  15. R. H. Silsbee
    Pages 607-624
  16. Jordan J. Markham
    Pages 625-626
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 627-641

About this book


This book is an account of the manner in which the optical phenomena observed from solids relate to their fundamental properties. Written at the graduate level, it attempts a threefold purpose: an indication of the breadth of the subject, an in-depth examination of important areas, and a text for a two-semester course. The first two chapters present introductory theory as a foundation for subsequent reading. The following ten chapters broadly concern electronic properties associated with semiconductors ranging from narrow to wide energy gap materials. Lattice properties are examined in the remaining chap­ ters, in which effects governed by phonons in perfect crystals, point defects, their vibrational and electronic spectra, and electron-phonon interactions are stressed. Fun and hard work, both in considerable measure, have gone into the preparation of this volume. At the University of Freiburg, W. Germany, from August 7-20, 1966, the occasion of a NATO Advanced Study Institute on "The Optical Properties of Solids," the authors of these various chapters lectured for the Institute; this volume provides essentially the "Proceed­ ings" of that meeting. Many major revisions of original lectures (contrac­ tions and enlargements) were required for better organization and presentation of the subject matter. Several abbreviated chapters appear mainly to indicate the importance of their contents in optical properties research and to indicate recently published books that provide ample coverage. We are indebted to many people: the authors for their efforts and patience; our host at the University of Freiburg, the late Professor Dr.


Absorption Dispersion Germany crystal electronic properties exciton foundation materials optical properties optics preparation research semiconductor semiconductors spectroscopy

Editors and affiliations

  • Sol Nudelman
    • 1
  • S. S. Mitra
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electrical EngineeringUniversity of Rhode IslandKingstonUSA

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