PHY 7097
Optical Effects in Solids

This course will describe the interaction of electromagnetic radiation in the "optical" part of the spectrum (microwaves, infrared visible, ultraviolet) with matter---metals, superconductors, semiconductors, and insulators . The background ideally needed is a course in electromagnetism, a course in elementary quantum mechanics, and some knowledge of solid state physics.


This class was taught in Fall 2017. The next time offered 2019/20 perhaps.  



Maxwell's equations and plane waves in matter.

Appendices Units, SI, vector calculus, wave equation.

Complex dielectric function.

Classical models.

Free-electron metals.

Optical excitations. 

Kramers-Kronig relations and sum rules.



Nonlocal effects.



Time and place: MWF 5th (11:45 am-12:35 pm) NPB 2205. 
PDF text: Optical Properties of Solids, by Frederick Wooten and notes by me.
Instructor: David Tanner
Phone: 392-4718
Office: 2372 NPB
Office hours: Tuesday 11am and Thursday 1 pm

Methods by which students will be evaluated and their grade determined:
Grades will be based on two take-home exams (20% ea), a term paper (30%) and homework (30%). There will be approximately 7 homework assignments.

Other course notes:
All students are required to abide by the Academic Honesty Guidelines of the University of Florida.

Attendance will not be monitored; however, exam questions will mostly come from topics discussed in class.

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David Tanner  / / Last modified: Wednesday, 29 August 2018