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Optical Properties of Solids - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780127634500, 9781483220765

Optical Properties of Solids

1st Edition

Author: Frederick Wooten
eBook ISBN: 9781483220765
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th October 1972
Page Count: 272
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Optical Properties of Solids covers the important concepts of intrinsic optical properties and photoelectric emission. The book starts by providing an introduction to the fundamental optical spectra of solids. The text then discusses Maxwell's equations and the dielectric function; absorption and dispersion; and the theory of free-electron metals. The quantum mechanical theory of direct and indirect transitions between bands; the applications of dispersion relations; and the derivation of an expression for the dielectric function in the self-consistent field approximation are also encompassed. The book further tackles current-current correlations; the fluctuation-dissipation theorem; and the effect of surface plasmons on optical properties and photoemission. People involved in the study of the optical properties of solids will find the book invaluable.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Introduction

1.1 Band Theory of Solids

1.2 Optical Reflectivity

1.3 Photoemission

1.4 Characteristic Energy Loss Spectra

Chapter 2 Maxwell's Equations and the Dielectric Function

2.1 Maxwell's Microscopic Equations

2.2 Maxwell's Macroscopic Equations

2.3 Formal Solutions of Maxwell's Equations

2.4 Analysis of Charge and Current Densities

2.5 Properties of the Medium

2.6 Interaction of Light with the Medium

2.7 External Sources and Induced Responses

2.8 Fourier Analysis of Maxwell's Equations

2.9 The Dielectric Tensor


Further Reading

Chapter 3 Absorption and Dispersion

3.1 The Lorentz Oscillator

3.2 The Drude Model for Metals

3.3 A Qualitative Look at Real Metals

3.4 Photoemission from Copper

3.5 Quantum Theory of Absorption and Dispersion

3.6 Oscillator Strengths and Sum Rules

3.7 Applications of Sum Rules

3.8 The Absorption Coefficient, Optical Conductivity, and Dielectric Function


Further Reading

Chapter 4 Free-Electron MetalS

4.1 Classical Theory of Free-Electron Metals

4.2 The Classical Skin Effect

4.3 The Anomalous Skin Effect

4.4 Optical Properties and the Fermi Surface


References and Further Reading

Chapter 5 Interband Transitions

5.1 Periodic Perturbation

5.2 Direct Interband Transitions

5.3 Joint Density of States and Critical Points

5.4 Direct Transitions in Germanium

5.5 Direct Transitions in Silver: Effects of Temperature and Alloying

5.6 Indirect Transitions

5.7 The Absorption Edge in Ge, AgBr, and AgBr(Cl)

5.8 Excitons

5.9 Direct and Indirect Transitions in Photoemission

5.10 Nondirect Transitions: Photoemission from Cs3Bi

5.11 Transport and Escape Cone Effects on Photoemission

5.12 Photoemission and Electron Transport in Al and GaAs


Further Reading


Chapter 6 Dispersion Relations and Sum Rules

6.1 Linear Response Functions and Kramers-Kronig Relations

6.2 Reflectivity and Phase Shift Dispersion Relations

6.3 Sum Rules


Further Reading

Chapter 7 Self-Consistent Field Approximation

7.1 Self-Consistent Field Approximation

7.2 Special Cases and Applications


References and Further Reading

Chapter 8 Current-Current Correlations and the Fluctuation-Dissipation Theorem

8.1 Transition Rate and Current-Current Correlations

8.2 Current Fluctuations

8.3 The Fluctuation-Dissipation Theorem and the Conductivity


References and Further Reading

Chapter 9 Plasmons and Characteristic Energy Losses

9.1 Single-Electron Excitations in Metals

9.2 Plasmons in Simple Metals

9.3 The Plasmon Cutoff Wave Vector

9.4 Characteristic Energy Loss Spectra

9.5 Surface Plasmons


References and Further Reading

Appendix A Decomposition of a Vector Field into Longitudinal and Transverse Parts

Appendix B The Local Field

B.l Insulators

B.2 Nonlocalized Electrons

Further Reading

Appendix C Reflection at Normal Incidence

Appendix D The/-Sum Rule for a Crystal

Appendix E Interaction of Radiation with Matter

Appendix F Mx Critical Points

Appendix G Reflectance and Phase-Shift Dispersion Relations

G.1 The Phase-Shift Dispersion Relation

G.2 Numerical Integration of the Phase-Shift Equation

Further Reading

Appendix H k·p Perturbation Theory



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