Handbook of Optical Constants of Solids, Five-Volume Set

1st Edition

Handbook of Thermo-Optic Coefficients of Optical Materials with Applications

Editors: Edward Palik
Print ISBN: 9780125444156
eBook ISBN: 9780080523750
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 14th October 1997
Page Count: 3224
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This set of five volumes, four volumes edited by Edward D. Palik and a volume by Gorachand Ghosh, is a unique resource for any science and technology library. It provides materials researchers and optical device designers with reference facts in a context not available anywhere else. The singular functionality of the set derives from the unique format for the three core volumes that comprise the Handbook of Optical Constants of Solids. The Handbook satisfies several essential needs: first, it affords the most comprehensive database of the refractive index and extinction (or loss) coefficient of technically important and scientifically interesting dielectrics. This data has been critically selected and evaluated by authorities on each material. Second, the dielectric constant database is supplemented by tutorial chapters covering the basics of dielectric theory and reviews of experimental techniques for each wavelength region and material characteristic. As an additional resource, two of the tutorial chapters summarize the relevant characteristics of each of the materials in the database. The data in the core volumes have been collected and analyzed over a period of twelve years, with the most recent completed in 1997. The volumes systematically define the dielectric properties of 143 of the most engaging materials, including metals, semiconductors, and insulators. Together, the three Palik books contain nearly 3,000 pages, with about 2/3 devoted to the dielectric constant data. The tutorial chapters in the remaining 1/3 of the pages contain a wealth of information, including some dielectric data. Hence, the separate volume, Index to Handbook of Optical Constants of Solids, which is included as part of the set, substantially enhances the utility of the Handbook and in essence, joins all the Palik volumes into one unit. It isthen of great importance to users of the set. A final volume round

Key Features

@bul:* Unique source of extremely useful optical data for a very broad community of scientists, researchers, and practitioners

  • Will be of great practical applicability to both industry and research
  • Presents optical constants for a broadest spectral range, for a very large number of materials: Paliks three volumes include 143 materials including 43 elements; Ghoshs volume includes some 70 technologically interesting crystals and many commercial glasses
  • Includes a special index volume that enables the user to search for the information in the three Palik volumes easily and quickly
  • Critique chapters in the Palik volumes discuss the data and give reference to most of the literature available for each material
  • Presents various techniques for measuring the optical constants and mathematical models for analytical calculations of some data


Industrial libraries and research groups in the industry dealing with optics and optical devices including lasers, fiber optic communications, applications to materials characterization, thin film processes, vacuum techniques,and electronic devices and principles, as well as spectroscopy. Libraries at most research and academic institutions where there is activity in optics and optics-related fields including applications in materials, condensed matter physics, and electronics.

Table of Contents

VOLUME FIVE: Preface. Introduction. Refractive Index: Introduction. Measurement. Dispersion Relations for Refractive Index. Derivation of the Sellmeier Coefficients. Sellmeier Coefficients. Comparison of RefractiveIndexes. References. Thermo-Optic Coefficients: Definition. Measurement. Dispersion Relations. Derivation of the Sellmeier Coefficients: Nonlinear Crystals. Other Oxide and Laser Crystals. Halide Crystals/Glasses. Semiconductors. Optical Fiber/Optical Glasses. References. Applications: Nonlinear Optical Laser Devices: Noncritically Phase-Matched Second Harmonic Generations. Noncritical Optical Parametric Oscillators. Sum Frequency Generation. Optical Fiber Communication Systems: Chromatic Dispersion and Zero-Dispersion Wavelength. Thermo-Optic Switch. Optical Fiber Temperature Sensor. Thermo-Optic Modulators. References. Future Technology.


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About the Editor

Edward Palik

Edward D. Palik received his B.S. in Physics 1950, his M.S. in 1952, and his Ph.D. in 1955 from Ohio State University. He specialized in far-infrared spectroscopy and was assistant professor at Ohio State University during 1955–1956. He was a NSF fellow at the University of Michigan in 1956 and 1957 and a General Motors Fellow at Ohio State University from 1957–1958. He became an NRC Fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory in 1958 and soon converted to a research physicist in 1959. During the rest of his career at NRL he worked in magnetooptics of semiconductors, for which he was awarded the Hulburt Award in 1964. This is the highest internal scientific award given at the Naval Research Laboratory. He also worked on the optical properties of semiconductors, total-internal-reflection spectroscopy studies of surface polaritons, cathodoluminescence studies of solids, and orientation-dependent etching of silicon in aqueous potassium-hydroxide solutions.He was editor for the first years of the newsletter of the Far Infrared and Submillimeter Wave Technical Group of the OSA. After his retirement in 1988, he joined the Institute for Physical Science and Technology at the University of Maryland as a part-time research associate. While there he carried out Brillouin-scattering studies of solids and studies of defects in Fabry Perot plates.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Maryland, College Park, U.S.A.


@from:PRAISE FOR THE FIVE-VOLUME SET @qu:"This book will serve as a useful reference. The editor and contributors deserve a measure of thanks for their effort to facilitate for us the finding values of the optical constants of 37 solids and for providing an in-one-place summary of several techniques for determination of n and k." @source:--R.M.A. Azzam and Jacqueline Casset in APPLIED OPTICS @qu:"The beauty of this book is in the breadth of the spectral range covered....The value of this compilation of critically reviewed optical data far outweighs the books deficiencies and...this handbook must be regarded as a necessity in any physics or materials science reference library." @source:--David M. Roessler, General Motors Research Laboratories, Warren, Michigan, in OPTICAL NEWS @qu:"The editor prepared a table that summarizes the optical properties of the materials reviewed in Volumes. I and II. The amount of the detail that it contains is truly astounding....There is a fundamental reason why a book of this type is much more usefulthan an abbreviated compilation....The book is attractive to workers in many fields because of the vast range of the data." @source:--Philip Baumeister, Coherent Auburn Group, Auburn, California, in OPTICS AND PHOTONICS NEWS @qu:"This book is an essential addition to every scientific reference library and to the bookshelves of all who are interested in what is loosely referred to as 'the optical properties of solids." @source:--B.L. EVANS, University of Reading, U.K. @qu:"This set of five volumes...is a unique resource for any science and technology library. It provides materials researchers and optical device designers with reference facts in a context not available anywhere else....The community of materials researchers, spectroscopists, and optical device designers has reason to welcome the five-volume ref