The Role of the Jahn-Teller Effect in the Optical Spectra of Ions in Solids

  • Thomas L. Estle
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 8)


The Jahn-Teller theorem is stated and then illustrated by a simple two-dimensional model. The model is used to show the Coulomb origin of the effect and to discuss the static and dynamic Jahn-Teller effects. This is followed by a fuller discussion of the Hamiltonian describing a magnetic ion in a crystal and a presentation of the multidimensional configuration coordinate diagrams for actual systems of interest. These diagrams are then used to discuss the broad-band optical spectra which can occur. The vibronic level structure for electronically degenerate states is then discussed employing correlation diagrams and evidence of this structure is cited from selected optical spectra.


Correlation Diagram Vibronic Coupling Vibronic Structure Tunneling Splitting Orbital Degeneracy 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas L. Estle
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsRice UniversityHoustonUSA

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