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Standard Academic Year
1, 2
Course delivery methods
Biological sciences, Physical sciences
Master's Program in Engineering Sciences
Master's Program in Materials Science
Tsukuba Campus
Course Offering Year
Course Offering Month
April - June
Weekday and Period
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Introduction to Optical Properties of Solids University of Tsukuba

Course Overview

The basic principles of optical responses of solid state materials are explained based on both electromagnetic and quantum theories. The lectures cover the light dispersion in matter, optical constants, Lorentz oscillator model, Kramers-Kronig analyses, optical spectra, optical transitions, Fermi's golden rule, light absorption/emission, optical properties of semiconductors, exciton, etc.

Learning Achievement

Students study the optical response of solids from an electromagnetic and quantum theory point of view. Students need to understand how the two views are linked, as well as the properties required for optical materials based on this.


"Basic Knowledge of Engineering", "Basic Academic Skill", "Expertise", "Ethics", "Practical Insight and Problem Solving"

Course prerequisites

To understand the quantum-theoretical handling of optical responses, quantum-mechanical knowledge, such as perturbation theory and quantization of emission fields, are necessary. It is difficult to understand the optical properties of a solid without knowledge of solid-state physics (especially, solid-state electron theory, band structure, etc.). Consequently, students should have completed subjects related to these topics before taking the course.

Grading Philosophy

1) Evaluation method: Results will be evaluated based on reports submitted for all the lectures (Report 100%).
2) Evaluation criterion: Proper and sufficient answers and descriptions should be given to questions or issues.

Course schedule

The basic principles of optical responses of solid state materials are explained based on both electromagnetic and quantum theories.
Please refer to the manaba course pages for how to implement this class.
Introduction of Optical Properties of Solids, Light Dispersion in matter
Optical Constants, Lorentz Oscillator Model, Optical Spectra
Local Field Correction, Dielectric Constant Tensor, Polarized Light
Kramers-Kronig Relations and Analyses
Sum Rule, Optical absorption and Static Dielectric Constant, Optical Response from Free Carriers
Interaction between Substance and Light from Quantum Mechanical Point of View, Electric Dipole Transition
Optical Transition, Fermi's Golden Rule, Light Absorption and Light Emission
Interband Transition, Direct Allowed Transition, Direct Forbidden Transition, Indirect Allowed Transition
Excitonic States, Optical Absorption by Excitons, Exciton Polariton
Excitonic Molecules, High-Density Excited States, Self-Trapped Exciton, Low Dimensional Exciton, Optical Absorption other than Fundamental Absorption Band

Course type


Online Course Requirement


Matsuishi Kiyoto

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Site for Inquiry

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Contact person: Matsuishi Kiyoto

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Link to the syllabus provided by the university