E LECTRODYNAMICS OF S OLIDS
OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF ELECTRONS IN MATTER
The authors of this book present a thorough discussion of the optical properties of
solids, with a focus on electron states and their response to electrodynamic fields. A
review of the fundamental aspects of the propagation of electromagnetic fields, and
their interaction with condensed matter, is given. This is followed by a discussion
of the optical properties of metals, semiconductors, and collective states of solids
such as superconductors.
Theoretical concepts, measurement techniques, and experimental results are
covered in three inter-related sections. Well established, mature fields are dis-
cussed, together with modern topics at the focus of current interest. The substantial
reference list included will also prove to be a valuable resource for those interested
in the electronic properties of solids.
The book is intended for use by advanced undergraduate and graduate students,
and researchers active in the fields of condensed matter physics, materials science,
and optical engineering.
MARTIN DRESSEL received his Doctor of Sciences degree in 1989 from the
Universität Göttingen where he subsequently worked as a postdoctoral research
fellow. Since then he has held positions in the University of British Columbia at
Vancouver; the University of California, Los Angeles; the Technische Universität,
Darmstadt; and the Center of Electronic Correlations and Magnetism at the Uni-
versität Augsburg. Professor Dressel is now Head of the 1. Physikalisches Institut
at the Universität Stuttgart.
GEORGE GRÜNER obtained his Doctor of Sciences degree from the Eötvös Lorand
University, Budapest, in 1972, and became Head of the Central Research Institute
of Physics in Budapest in 1974. In 1980 he took up the position of Professor of
Physics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and later became Director
of the Solid State Science Center there. Professor Grüner has been a distinguished
visiting professor at numerous institutions worldwide and