Optical properties of ZnO and related compounds

C. Bundesmann, R. Schmidt-Grund, M. Schubert

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In this chapter some of the presently known optical properties of zinc oxide are reviewed. In particular, the anisotropic dielectric functions (DFs) of ZnO and related compounds from the far-infrared (FIR) to the vacuum-ultraviolet (VUV) spectral range are studied. Thereupon, many fundamental physical parameters can be derived, such as the optical phonon-mode frequencies and their broadening values, the free-charge-carrier parameters, the static and “high-frequency” dielectric constants, the dispersion of the indices of refraction within the band-gap region, the fundamental and above-band-gap band-to-band transition energies and their excitonic contributions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpringer Series in Materials Science
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages46
StatePublished - 2008

Publication series

NameSpringer Series in Materials Science
ISSN (Print)0933-033X
ISSN (Electronic)2196-2812


  • Longitudinal optical
  • Phonon mode
  • Static dielectric constant
  • Thin solid film
  • Wurtzite crystal structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)


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