F8150 Optical properties of solids

Faculty of Science
Autumn 2010 - only for the accreditation
Extent and Intensity
2/1/0. 2 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
prof. RNDr. Josef Humlíček, CSc. (lecturer)
prof. RNDr. Josef Humlíček, CSc. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Josef Humlíček, CSc.
Department of Condensed Matter Physics - Physics Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: prof. RNDr. Josef Humlíček, CSc.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The cours contains the elemets of phenomenology and response functions, including the consequences of causality (Kramers-Kronig relaions). Microscopic models cover the classical description of the response of bound and free charges, and the perturbation treatment of quantum transitions. The models are subsequently used in explaining the typical spectra of free carriers, single- and multiphonon absorption, and the fundamental response of interband electronic transitions. The course is concluded with an overview of the properties of metals, semiconductors and insulators over the optical frequency range, and with the most common experimental techniques.
  • 1. Phenomenology, response functions. Complex conductivity, permittivity, refractive index. 2. Kramers-Kronig relaions. 3. Classical models, bound and free charges. 4. Quantum transitions. 5. Single- and multiple-phonon absorption. 6. Free carrier plasma. 7. Interband transitions and critical points. 8. Overview of the properties of metals, semiconductors and insulators over the optical frequency range. 9. Experimental techniques.
  • DRESSEL, Martin and George GRÜNER. Electrodynamics of solids :optical properties of electrons in matter. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. xii, 474 s. ISBN 0-521-59726-9. info
  • LANDAU, Lev Davidovič, Lev Petrovič PITAJEVSKIJ and Jevgenij Michajlovič LIFŠIC. Electrodynamics of continuous media. Translated by J. B. Sykes - J. S Bell - M. J. Kearsley. 2nd ed. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2000. xiii, 460. ISBN 0-7506-2634-8. info
  • SCHMIDT, Eduard. Optické vlastnosti pevných látek. 1. vyd. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1986. 200 s. info
Teaching methods
lectures, seminars
Assessment methods
Attending the lectures is not compulsory, however, it greatly facilitates passing the course. Several themes are selected during the semester for discussion, requiring prior homework. Passing the colloquium is based on a fair orientation of the student in selected areas of the field.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is taught: every week.
General note: S.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2000, Autumn 2002, Autumn 2004, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2011 - acreditation, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019.