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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2 edition (25 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199573379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199573370
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 2.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Easy to read and understand ... many examples which make it easier to understand. I can highly recommend this book (Michaela Kogler, University of Innsbruck)

This excellent book answers the questions of why and how the optical properties of solids differ from those of atoms. It is addressed to senior undergraduates, graduate students and researchers. The balance of physical explanation and mathematical description is very good. The text is supplemented by critical notes in the margins and integrated with self-explanatory figures. Several factors make this an excellent textbook. The problems with solutions augment the pedagogical value of the book, as do the chapter summaries, the further reading at the end of each chapter, the extensive and comprehensive appendices, the biography, the list of symbols and the index. (Barry R. Masters, OPN Optics & Photonics News 2011)

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Mark Fox, Professor of Physics at the University of Sheffield, began his research career at Christ Church, Oxford, in 1986, as a Junior Research Fellow. After a post-doctoral position with AT&T Bell Laboratories in the US, he returned to Oxford as a Royal Society University Research Fellow. He moved to Sheffield in 1998, becoming Professor there in 2006.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Aug. 2004
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For any senior undergraduate or first-year physics/materials science graduate needing an introduction to optical properties of solids, this is the book for you. Don't go near the standard texts (at least not until you've read this one) as I think they are too complex for the introductory reader. This is really clearly written, giving you a good overview and a solid understanding of the basics of the subject without getting bogged down in mathematics. If I was teaching a final year solid-state class, this is the book I would use. The book has plenty of illustrations and examples and is very user-friendly. Thankfully (unlike some) the author has kept all explanations concise and clear. I found I could go ahead and perform experiments and get meaningful results based on what I had learnt in this book. Get it! You will be glad you did!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
good basic introduction 21 Feb. 2003
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I thought this book was a good basic introduction to the field of optical properties of solids. The strong point of this book is that it is well organized and gives many examples. It starts with the basics of Maxwell's equation, then moves on to talk about luminescence, excitons, quantum wells, luminescence centers ... I enjoyed reading about the examples given. It gives many basic descriptions of how optoelectronics device work such as light emitting diodes and Ti:sapphire lasers.
This book is geared toward anybody who has taken one semester of basic quantum and one semester of electricity and magnetism. It is easy to read and contains many diagrams. Chapters end with a useful list of references that go into more details. This book is not a reference for graduate level treatment of optical properties of solids. The nonlinear optics part is short and shallow. The quantum mechanical description is basic.
Overall, I would recommend this book to anybody that is learning for the first time about optical properties of solids. Solid state physics textbooks by Ashcroft & Mermin and Kittel do not contain a useful and up-to-date section on optical properties of solids. This book fills the gap.
Easy to read and useful 7 Nov. 2013
By Ben C. - Published on Amazon.com
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Clear and concise. A good qual study book for physical chemistry students wanting a quick refresher or more background in some physics.
Great book! 14 May 2013
By mike - Published on Amazon.com
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I've just read the first six chapters but I can firmly say that this book is clear in its explanations, meticulous and well ordered! It takes a very good and deep look at band gaps in materials. I'd recommend it to anyone in optics, electronics or anyone dealing with semiconductor materials.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A reasonable text and a great resource 4 Jan. 2011
By Daniel Dolan - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is much less formal than traditional texts (Kittel, etc.) and much more focused. Some readers may find this to be a shortcoming, but I feel the book is more accessible than the alternatives.
Five Stars 31 Aug. 2014
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I liked this book! It's too bad my professor stopped using it three weeks into the semester. Recommended.
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