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Theory of Optical Absorption with Electron-Hole Attraction



Eric L. Shirley, L Benedict, Robert B. Bohn


This work presents calculations of the optical absorption spectra of semiconductors and insulators. The background and underlying physics are discussed, and the efficient computational method used is sketched. Results for eight solids are presented and compared to measured spectra, along with computed x-ray absorption spectra near several edges.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the Electrochemical Society
No. 24
Conference Dates
November 11-12, 1998
Conference Title
Electrochemical Society


absorption spectrum, electron-hole attraction, insulator, semiconductor, theory, x-ray


Shirley, E. , Benedict, L. and Bohn, R. (1998), Theory of Optical Absorption with Electron-Hole Attraction, Proceedings of the Electrochemical Society (Accessed April 19, 2024)
Created November 1, 1998, Updated February 17, 2017