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Solid State Physics by R. J. Singh

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Chapter 14

Optical Properties of Solids

14.1 INTRODUCTION

The study of the optical properties of solids is a broad field. The interaction of the electromagnetic wave (light being a small window in the electromagnetic wave spectrum) is the broadest field in physics. Therefore, a few phenomena that are based on some important physical principles are included here. In this chapter, the following topics will be discussed: (1) the interaction of light with a solid of sufficient thickness, which results in reflection, absorption, scattering, transmission, and refraction; (2) the experimentally observed quantities from the above mentioned five processes; (3) the connection of these observed quantities with the optical constants and with the dielectric ...

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