Luminescence and the Solid State


  • R.C. Ropp, Warren, NJ, USA

Since the discovery of the transistor in 1948, the study of the solid state has been burgeoning. Recently, cold fusion and the ceramic superconductor have given cause for excitement. There are two approaches possible to this area of science, namely, that of solid state physics and solid state chemistry, although both overlap extensively. The former is more concerned with electronic states in solids (including electromagnetics) whereas the latter is more concerned with interactions of atoms in solids. The area of solid state physics is well documented, however, there are very few texts which deal with solid state chemistry. Luminescence and the Solid State has been written to fulfil this need.

The concepts regarding luminescence and phosphors are unique and have been covered extensively providing a useful reference source for anyone requiring such knowledge as a basis for further study. The discussion on the defect state, which is handled in chapter two, can be applied to many other systems, e.g. ceramic superconductors. The book has extensive, useful equations and figures, the derivations of which are simple and easy to follow. This useful, comprehensive text can be used for self-study and should also prove invaluable in a graduate study as an introduction to the solid state and luminescence.

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Book information

  • Published: April 1991
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-88940-9


The strength of the book lies in its detailed coverage of the nature of the solid state and of its luminescence, and of the details of the preparation of solid phosphors. For this it is highly recommended.
Analytica Chimica Acta

Your book has aided me in understanding the physics and chemistry of phosphors, teaching me things that I had not been able to learn in reading a hundred journal articles. In fact, I have bought five copies for myself and collaborators.
S.W. Allison, Engin. Technol. Div., Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN, USA, Letter to Dr. Ropp

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the Solid State. 2. The Point Defect. 3. Thermal Analysis in Solid State Chemistry. 4. Solid State Reaction Mechanisms. 5. Growth of Particles and Particle Properties. 6. Growth of Single Crystals. 7. Optical Properties and Luminescence. 8. Design of Phosphors. 9. Lanthanides and Lasers. 10. Solid State Chemistry applied to Phosphors. Subject Index.