Optical Materials


  • Joseph Simmons, University of Florida, Gainesville, U.S.A.
  • Kelly Potter, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A.

This book presents, in a unified form, the underlying physical and structural processes that determine the optical behavior of materials. It does this by combining elements from physics, optics, and materials science in a seamless manner, and introducing quantum mechanics when needed. The book groups the characteristics of optical materials into classes with similar behavior. In treating each type of material, the text pays particular attention to atomic composition and chemical makeup, electronic states and band structure, and physical microstructure so that the reader will gain insight into the kinds of materials engineering and processing conditions that are required to produce a material exhibiting a desired optical property. The physical principles are presented on many levels, including a physical explanation, followed by formal mathematical support and examples and methods of measurement. The reader may overlook the equations with no loss of comprehension, or may use the text to find appropriate equations for calculations of optical properties.
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Book information

  • Published: October 1999
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-644140-6


For technically intermediate or advanced readers, Simmons (U. of Florida-Gainsville) and Potter (Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque) explore the underlying mechanisms that make optical materials what they are and determine how they behave. They group characteristics of the materials into classes with similar behavior and present a broad range of optical materials behavior in order to show which properties are held in common and which differ between various classes of materials. They emphasize atomic composition and chemical makeup, electronic states and band structure, and physical microstructure.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR

Table of Contents

Foreword. Wave Propagation. Optical Properties of Conductors. Optical Properties of Insulators 1--Fundamentals. Optical Properties of Insulators 2--Some Applications. Optical Properties of Semiconductors. Optical Gain and Lasers. Non-Linear Optical Behavior of Materials. Subject Index.