Professor Kun Huang is widely known for his collaboration with Max Born in writing the classic monograph, "Dynamical Theory of Crystal Lattices". During his years of active research, he has made many important contributions to solid state physics. The present collection of papers is selected at his own choice as representing his most influential works. Thus one finds included his pioneering work on the interaction of radiation field with polar lattices and the resulting coupled vibration modes (later known as "polariton"); the systematic development of his theory of radiative and nonradiative multiphonon transition processes associated with lattice relaxation; his early prediction of diffuse X-ray scattering due to crystal defects; and his recent research works on low-dimensional semiconductor structures, etc.Professor Huang has found by his experience that scientists interested in these papers often want to know more particulars underlying the research work (background, motivation and rationale involved etc.). Thus he was led to write a commentary which is published alongside the papers.
X-ray reflexions from dilute solid solutions, K. Huang; quantum mechanical calculation of the heat of solution and residual resistance of gold in silver, K. Huang; on the atomic theory of elasticity, K. Huang; lattice vibrations and optical waves in ionic crystals, K. Huang; theory of light absorption and non-radiative transitions in F-centres, K. Huang and A. Rhys; adiabetic approximation theory and static coupling theory of nonradiative transition, K. Huang; frequency dispersion effects in multiphonon transitions, K. Huang and Z.-Q. Gu; dielectric continuum model and Frohlich interaction in superlattices, K. Huang and B.-F. Zhu; effect of valence-band hybridization on the exciton spectra in GaAs-Ga1-xAIsAs quantum wells, B.-F. Zhu and K. Huang; Raman scattering in a superlattice under an electric field, H. Tang et al. (Part contents.)