Handbook of Optical Constants of Solids - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780122818554, 9780080533742

Handbook of Optical Constants of Solids

1st Edition

Handbook of Thermo-Optic Coefficients of Optical Materials with Applications

Authors: Gorachand Ghosh
eBook ISBN: 9780080533742
Hardcover ISBN: 9780122818554
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 7th May 1998
Page Count: 325
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This volume in the Handbook of Optical Constants of Solids is the first and only book to provide comprehensive coverage of refractive index and thermo-optic coefficients. It contains the refractive indexes and thermo-optic coefficients for nonlinear crystals, semiconductors, optical glasses, and fiber glasses. The Sellmeier coefficients of two physically meaningful Sellmeier equations are evaluated and are used to calculate these values throughout the normal transmission region of these optical materials. The author has also included analysis and explanations for some temperature-dependent optical devices/systems

Key Features

  • Presents the optical constants for over 70 technologically interesting crystals and commercial glasses
  • Details various techniques for measuring the optical constants and mathematical models for analytical calculations of some data
  • Includes thermo-optic coefficients that are necessary to calculate the refractive index of the optical material at any operating temperature
  • Describes how all optical devices (both temperature dependent and independent) can be explained satisfactorily by using the two Sellmeier equations


Designed for scientists, engineers, advanced students in physics, material science, nonlinear optics, fiber optics, and waveguide technology. Serves as an excellent self-teaching book, classroom text, and reference source.

Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction. Refractive Index: Introduction. Measurement. Dispersion Relations for Refractive Index. Derivation of the Sellmeier Coefficients. Sellmeier Coefficients. Comparison of Refractive Indexes. 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. Subject Index.


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About the Author

Gorachand Ghosh

Affiliations and Expertise

Electrotechnical Laboratory, Umezono, Tsukuba, Japan


"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-placesummary of several techniques for determination of n and k." --R.M.A. Azzam and Jacqueline Casset in APPLIED OPTICS

"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." --David M. Roessler, General Motors Research Laboratories, Warren, Michigan, in OPTICAL NEWS

"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." --Philip Baumeister, Coherent Auburn Group, Auburn, California, in OPTICS AND PHOTONICS NEWS

"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." --B.L. EVANS, University of Reading, U.K.