Optical Properties of Excited States in Solids

  • Baldassare Di Bartolo
  • Clyfe Beckwith

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 301)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. The Nature of the Electronic Excited States of Molecular Systems

  3. Properties of the Excited States of Complex Molecules: What Can We Learn for Solids

  4. Rates of Processes Involving Excited States

    1. A. M. Stoneham
      Pages 97-117
  5. Excited States in Semiconductors

    1. C. Klingshirn
      Pages 119-205
  6. Advances in the Characterization of Excited States of Luminescent Ions in Solids

  7. Relaxed Excited States of Color Centers

    1. G. Baldacchini
      Pages 255-303
  8. Properties of Highly Populated Excited States in Solids: Superfluorescence, Hot Luminescence, Excited State Absorption

  9. Advances in Sensitization of Phosphors

    1. Bruno Smets
      Pages 349-398
  10. Laser Spectroscopy inside Inhomogeneously Broadened Lines

  11. Long Seminars

  12. Special Topics

    1. G. Costa
      Pages 661-674
    2. M. J. Graf, J. D. Hettinger
      Pages 675-688
  13. Short Seminars

    1. D. van der Voort
      Pages 693-693
    2. G. Vandenberghe
      Pages 702-702

About this book


This book presents an account of the course "Optical Properties of Excited States in Solids" held in Erice, Italy, from June 16 to 3D, 1991. This meeting was organized by the International School of Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy of the "Ettore Majorana" Centre for Scientific Culture. The purpose of this course was to present physical models, mathematical formalisms and experimental techniques relevant to the optical properties of excited states in solids. Some active physical species, such as ions or radicals, could survive indefinitely if they were completely 'isolated in space. Other active species, such as excited molecular and solid-state systems, are inherently unstable, even in isolation, due to the spontaneous mechanisms that may convert their excitation energies into radiation or heat. Physical parameters that may be used to characterize these excited systems are the localization or delocalization, and the coherence or incoherence, of their state excitations. In solids the excited states, whether they are localized (as for impurities in insulators) or delocalized (as they may occur in semiconductors), are relevant in several regards. Their de-excitation is extremely sensitive to the nature of the excitations of the systems, and a study of the de-excitation processes can yield a variety of information. For example, the excited states may represent the initial condition of the onset of such processes as Stokes-shifted emission, hot luminescence, symmetry-dependent Jahn-Teller and scattering processes, tunneling processes, energy transfer to like and unlike centers, superradiance, coherent radiation, and excited state absorption.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Baldassare Di Bartolo
    • 1
  • Clyfe Beckwith
    • 1
  1. 1.Boston CollegeChestnut HillUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Plenum Press, New York 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-6327-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-3044-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-1221
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