Optical Properties of Materials

  • Rolf E. Hummel


The most apparent properties of metals, their luster and their color, have been known to mankind since materials were known. Because of these properties, metals were already used in antiquity for mirrors and jewelry. The color was utilized 4000 years ago by the ancient Chinese as a guide to determine the composition of the melt of copper alloys: the hue of a preliminary cast indicated whether the melt, from which bells or mirrors were to be made, already had the right tin content.


Optical Constant Interband Transition Population Inversion Compact Disc High Energy State 
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Suggestions for Further Study

  1. M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of Optics, 3rd Edition, Pergamon, Oxford (1965).Google Scholar
  2. O.S. Heavens, Optical Properties of Thin Solid Films, Academic, New York (1955).Google Scholar
  3. R.E. Hummel, Optische Eigenschaften von Metallen und Legierungen, Springer-Verlag, Berlin (1971).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. R.E. Hummel, Electronic Properties of Materials, 2nd ed., Springer-Verlag, New York (1993).Google Scholar
  5. T.S. Moss, Optical Properties of Semiconductors, Butterworth, London (1959).Google Scholar
  6. F. Wooten, Optical Properties of Solids, Academic, New York (1972).Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rolf E. Hummel
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  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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