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.Syllabus
Maxwell's equations and plane waves in matter.
Appendices Units, SI, vector calculus, wave equation.
Complex dielectric function.
Kramers-Kronig relations and sum rules.
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
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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