The second edition of this textbook lays the groundwork for both the classical and modern developments in the theory of semiconductors. This book is significant both for its presentation of the basic principles of the theory of defects in semiconductors and for its exposition of recent developments in the field, such as LEDs and laser diodes.

The target audience for this text is clearly graduate students in physics and photonics, but anyone concerned with optical properties of semiconductors will profit from reading this book.

Review by Christian Brosseau, OSA Fellow and professor of physics, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France.

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