# Inversion techniques for optical conductivity data Academic Article

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• Optical data is encoded with information on the microscopic interaction between charge carriers. For an electron-phonon system, the Eliashberg equations apply and a Kubo formula can be used to get the infrared conductivity. The task of extracting the electron-phonon spectral density $\alpha^2F(\omega)$ from data is rather complicated and, thus, simplified but approximate expressions for the conductivity have often been used. We test the accuracy of such simplifications and also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various numerical methods needed in the inversion process. Normal and superconducting state are considered as well as boson exchange mechanisms which might be applicable to the High-$T_c$ oxides.