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The Physics of Thin Film Optical Spectra

An Introduction


  • Introduces the reader to the basics and leads to advanced applications

  • Describes highly specialized new topics, such as rugate filters and resonant grating waveguide structures

  • Covers both classical and semiclassical approaches


Part of the Springer Series in Surface Sciences book series (SSSUR, volume 44)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Olaf Stenzel
    Pages 1-7
  3. Classical Description of the Interaction of Light with Matter

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Olaf Stenzel
      Pages 11-24
    3. Olaf Stenzel
      Pages 47-83
    4. Olaf Stenzel
      Pages 85-93
  4. Interface Reflection and Interference Phenomena in Thin Film Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Olaf Stenzel
      Pages 97-129
    3. Olaf Stenzel
      Pages 131-161
    4. Olaf Stenzel
      Pages 163-180
    5. Olaf Stenzel
      Pages 181-225
  5. Semiclassical Description of the Interaction of Light with Matter

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Olaf Stenzel
      Pages 229-254
    3. Olaf Stenzel
      Pages 271-300
  6. Basics of Nonlinear Optics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-301
    2. Olaf Stenzel
      Pages 303-327
    3. Olaf Stenzel
      Pages 329-333
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 335-352

About this book


The book bridges the gap between fundamental physics courses (such as optics, electrodynamics, quantum mechanics and solid state physics) and highly specialized literature on the spectroscopy, design, and application of optical thin film coatings. Basic knowledge from the above-mentioned courses is therefore presumed. Starting from fundamental physics, the book enables the reader derive the theory of optical coatings and to apply it to practically important spectroscopic problems. Both classical and semiclassical approaches are included. Examples describe the full range of classical optical coatings in various spectral regions as well as highly specialized new topics such as rugate filters and resonant grating waveguide structures.The second edition has been updated and extended with respect to probing matter in different spectral regions, homogenous and inhomogeneous line broadening mechanisms and the Fresnel formula for the effect of planar interfaces.


Coating Characterization Coating Design Interface Reflection and Interference Phenomena Reflectivity of Multilayer Films Resonant Grating Waveguide Structures Rugate Filters Spectroscopy of Solid Matter Theory of Optical Coatings

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Fraunhofer IOFJenaGermany

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