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Course: Optical Properties of Solid Materials

Department/Abbreviation: SLO/OPVPL

Year: 2021

Guarantee: 'doc. Mgr. Jan Soubusta, Ph.D.'

Annotation: At the beginning quantities describing the optical properties of solids are introduced. Then the optical phenomenon as electrooptical, acoustooptical, magnetooptical are explained using appropriate mathematical description. Examples of real structures are demonstrated continuously.

Course review:
1. Optical constants, description of interaction of light with matter, Maxwell equations, Classification of materials according to optical parameters. 2. Relations between optical quantities, refractive index, permittivity, conductivity, susceptibility, constitutive relations, Kramers-Kronig dispersion relations. 3. Lorentz and Drude microscopic model. 4. Anisotropy, tensor quantities. 5. Fresnel equation, solutions of standard problems, uniaxial and biaxial materials, index elipsoid. 6. Propagation of light in anisotropic media, linear and circular anisotropy, index surface, Faraday effect. 7. Electro-optical effect, linear (Pockels effect), quadratic (Kerr effect), examples of usage, polarization, amplitude and phase modulators of light. 8. Photo-elastic effect, acousto-optical effect, Bragg's law of diffraction, two regimes of diffraction, diffraction orders, efficiency, AO modulator, AO deflector, AO switch. 9. Interband optical transitions, joint density of states, Fermi Golden Rule. Description of absorption bands, critical points, contribution of the photon, experimental absorption bands, influence of excitons.