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Optical Properties of Condensed Matter and Applications

Jai Singh (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-02192-7
448 pages
October 2006
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Following a semi-quantitative approach, this book presents a summary of the basic concepts, with examples and applications, and reviews recent developments in the study of optical properties of condensed matter systems.

Key Features:

  • Covers basic knowledge as well as application topics
  • Includes theory, experimental techniques and current and developing applications
  • Timely and useful contribution to the literature
  • Written by internationally respected contributors working in physics and electrical engineering departments and government laboratories
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Table of Contents

Series Preface.


1. Fundamental Optical Properties of Materials (W.C. Tan, K. Koughia, J. Singh, and S.O. Kasap).

1.1 Introduction.

1.2 Optical Constants.

1.3 Refractive Index and Dispersion.

1.4 The Swanepoel Technique: Measurement of n and a.

1.5 Conclusions.

2. Fundamental Optical Properties of Materials II (K. Koughia, J. Singh, S.O. Kasap, and H.E. Ruda).

2.1 Introduction.

2.2 Lattice or Reststrahlen Absorption and Infrared Reflection.

2.3 Free-Carrier Absorption (FCA).

2.4 Band-to-Band or Fundamental Absorption (Crystalline Solids).

2.5 Impurity Absorption.

2.6 Effect of External Fields.

2.7 Conclusions.

3. Optical Properties of Disordered Condensed Matter (K. Shimakawa, J. Singh, and S.K. O’Leary).

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 Fundamental Optical Absorption (Experimental).

3.3 Absorption Coefficient (Theory).

3.4 Compositional Variation of the Optical Bandgap in Amorphous Chalcogenides.

3.5 Conclusions.

4. Concept of Excitons (J. Singh and H.E. Ruda).

4.1 Introduction.

4.2 Excitons in Crystalline Solids.

4.3 Excitons in Amorphous Semiconductors.

4.4 Conclusions.

5. Photoluminescence (T. Aoki).

5.1 Introduction.

5.2 Fundamental Aspects of Photoluminescence (PL) in Condensed Matter.

5.3 Experimental Aspects.

5.4 Photoluminescence Lifetime Spectroscopy of Amorphous Semiconductors by QFRS Technique.

5.5 Conclusions.

6. Photoluminescence and Photoinduced Changes in Noncrystalline Condensed Matter (J. Singh).

6.1 Introduction.

6.2 Photoluminescence.

6.3 Photoinduced Changes in Amorphous Chalcogenides.

6.4 Conclusions.

7. Light-induced Volume Changes in Chalcogenide Glasses (S. Kugler, J. Hegedüs, and K. Kohary).

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 Simulation Method.

7.3 Sample Preparation.

7.4 Light-induced Phenomena.

7.5 Macroscopic Models.

7.6 Conclusions.

8. Optical Properties of Glasses (A. Edgar).

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 The Refractive Index.

8.3 Glass Interfaces.

8.4 Dispersion.

8.5 Sensitivity of the Refractive Index.

8.6 Glass Color.

8.7 Fluorescence in Rare-earth-doped Glass.

8.8 Glasses for Fibre Optics.

8.9 Refractive Index Engineering.

8.10 Transparent Glass Ceramics.

8.11 Conclusions.

9. Properties and Applications of Photonic Crystals (H.E. Ruda and N. Matsuura).

9.1 Introduction.

9.2 PC Overview.

9.3 Tunable PCs.

9.4 Selected Applications of PC.

9.5 Conclusions.

10. Nonlinear Optical Properties of Photonic Glasses (K. Tanaka).

10.1 Introduction.

10.2 Photonic Glass.

10.3 Nonlinear Absorption and Refractivity.

10.4 Nonlinear Excitation-Induced Structural Changes.

10.5 Conclusions.

11. Optical Properties of Organic Semiconductors and Applications (T. Kobayashi and H. Naito).

11.1 Introduction.

11.2 Molecular Structure of π-Conjugated Polymers.

11.3 Theoretical Models.

11.4 Absorption Spectrum.

11.5 Photoluminescence.

11.6 Nonemissive Excited States.

11.7 Electron–Electron Interaction.

11.8 Interchain Interaction.

11.9 Conclusions.

12. Organic Semiconductors and Applications (F. Zhu).

12.1 Introduction.

12.2 Anode Modification for Enhanced OLED Performance.

12.3 Flexible OLED Displays.

12.4 Conclusions.

13. Optical Properties of Thin Films (V.V. Truong and S. Tanemura).

13.1 Introduction.

13.2 Optics of thin films.

13.3 Reflection–Transmission Photoellipsometry for Optical-Constants Determination.

13.4 Applications of Thin Films to Energy Management and Renewable Energy Technologies.

13.5 Conclusions.

14. Negative Index of Refraction: Optics and Metamaterials (J.E. Kielbasa, D.L. Carroll, and R.T. Williams).

14.1 Introduction.

14.2 Optics of Propagating Waves with Negative Index.

14.3 Super-resolution with the Slab Lens.

14.4 Negative Refraction with Metamaterials.

14.5 Conclusions.

15. Excitonic Processes in Quantum Wells (J. Singh and I.-K. Oh).

15.1 Introduction.

15.2 Exciton–Phonon Interaction.

15.3 Exciton Formation in Quantum Wells Assisted by Phonons.

15.4 Nonradiative Relaxation of Free Excitons.

15.5 Quasi-2D Free-Exciton Linewidth.

15.6 Localization of Free Excitons.

15.7 Conclusions.

16. Optical Properties and Spin Dynamics of Diluted Magnetic Semiconductor Nanostructures (A. Murayama and Y. Oka).

16.1 Introduction.

16.2 Coupled Quantum Wells.

16.3 Nanostructures Fabricated by Electron-Beam Lithography.

16.4 Self-assembled Quantum Dots.

16.5 Hybrid Nanostructures with Ferromagnetic Materials.

16.6 Conclusions.


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Author Information

Professor Jai Singh is based at the School of Engineering at the Northern Territory University in Australia. His Current research projects include: Excitonic Processes in Condensed Matter, Photo-excitation Induced Processes in Amorphous Semiconductors, Designing Amorphous Silicon Solar Cells for Optimal Photovoltaic Performance.
Membership of Professional Organisations, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics, Member of the American Physical Society.
President of the Northern Territory Branch of the Australian New Zealand Solar Energy Society (ANZSES).
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