Optical Techniques and an Introduction to the Symmetry Properties of Point Defects

  • A. E. Hughes
Part of the Nato Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 19)


The purpose of this contribution is to cover some of the ground-work in a subject which will be discussed in greater detail by other authors in this volume. In particular, the aim will be to give a broad outline of the use of optical techniques for studying point defects in non-metallic solids, emphasizing those aspects which relate to methods of determining information about defect structure and the properties of the electronic states of point defects. A brief introduction will also be given to some of the theory which is often used freely by people active in this field, but which may be less familiar to many of those interested in the physical and chemical properties of the defect solid state. This includes the theory of vibronic structure of optical spectra (including the Jahn-Teller effect), the use of group theory in defect studies and an account of methods of extracting structural information from perturbation experiments.


Irreducible Representation Optical Technique Alkali Halide Vibronic Coupling Defect Study 
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  • A. E. Hughes
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  1. 1.Materials Development DivisionAtomic Energy Research EstablishmentHarwell, Didcot, OxfordUK

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