Microscopic description of glass-light interaction

  1. Hi all,
    could you suggest me references that can help me in the following calculation?
    I would like to see how to describe microscopically the interaction of light (or in general of an external field) with a disordered system such as glass ( I can find literature only for materials modelled with regular lattices). Could you suggest which model has to be considered for a disordered system?
    To be concrete: how can microscopically 'explain' the curve permittivity or permeability vs frequancy of the external field (light) for a glass?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. jcsd
  3. DrDu

    DrDu 4,648
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    I think this article is a good starting point:

    title = {The theory and properties of randomly disordered crystals and related physical systems},
    author = {Elliott, R. J. and Krumhansl, J. A. and Leath, P. L.},
    journal = {Rev. Mod. Phys.},
    volume = {46},
    issue = {3},
    pages = {465--543},
    numpages = {0},
    year = {1974},
    month = {Jul},
    publisher = {American Physical Society},
    doi = {10.1103/RevModPhys.46.465},
    url = {http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/RevModPhys.46.465}

    Also the book by Economou treats disordered systems:
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