Theoretical Spectroscopy of Transition Metal and Rare Earth Ions

Theoretical Spectroscopy of Transition Metal and Rare Earth Ions

From Free State to Crystal Field

edited by Michael Brik and Chong-Geng Ma

“A great book covering the theoretical aspects of optical and luminescence properties of transition metals and lanthanides. Starting with the bachelor-level quantum physics to describe free transition metal and lanthanide ions, it covers the basics of crystal field theory, group theory, and the vibrating crystalline environment. The authors manage to keep the book at the graduate student level, making it accessible to the non-theorist and very well-suited for the interpretation and analysis of experimental data.”

Prof. Pieter Dorenbos, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9789814800563
  • Subject: Condensed Matter Physics
  • Published: October 2019
  • Pages: 400

This book describes in detail the main concepts of theoretical spectroscopy of transition metal and rare earth ions. It shows how the energy levels of different electron configurations are formed and calculated for the ions in a free state and in crystals, how group theory can help in solving main spectroscopic problems, and how the modern DFT-based methods of calculations of electronic structure can be combined with the semi-empirical crystal field models. The style of presentation makes the book helpful for a wide audience ranging from graduate students to experienced researchers.

Performance of optical materials crucially depends on the impurity ions intentionally introduced into the crystalline host materials. The color of these materials, their emission and absorption spectra can be understood by analyzing the relations between the electronic properties of impurity ions and host crystal structure, which constitutes the main content of this book. It describes in detail the main concepts of theoretical spectroscopy of transition metal and rare earth ions. It shows how the energy levels of different electron configurations are formed and calculated for the ions in a free state and in crystals, how group theory can help in solving main spectroscopic problems, and how the modern DFT-based methods of calculations of electronic structure can be combined with the semi-empirical crystal field models. The style of presentation makes the book helpful for a wide audience ranging from graduate students to experienced researchers.

Key Features

  • Practical and user-friendly textbook suitable to be adopted for the under- and postgraduate courses in the spectroscopy of optical materials doped with transition metal and rare earth ions
  • Contains many well-described recent research results from the authors’ original publications
  • An excellent starting point for those who want to master theoretical methods of calculations of energy levels of transition metal and rare earth ions in a free state and in crystals