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Introduction to Nanophotonics


  • 300 b/w illus. 126 exercises
  • Page extent: 484 pages
  • Size: 246 x 189 mm
  • Weight: 1.21 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 621.36
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: TA1530 .G37 2010
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Nanophotonics

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521763752)

Nanophotonics is where photonics merges with nanoscience and nanotechnology, and where spatial confinement considerably modifies light propagation and light-matter interaction. Describing the basic phenomena, principles, experimental advances and potential impact of nanophotonics, this graduate-level textbook is ideal for students in physics, optical and electronic engineering and materials science. The textbook highlights practical issues, material properties and device feasibility, and includes the basic optical properties of metals, semiconductors and dielectrics. Mathematics is kept to a minimum and theoretical issues are reduced to a conceptual level. Each chapter ends in problems so readers can monitor their understanding of the material presented. The introductory quantum theory of solids and size effects in semiconductors are considered to give a parallel discussion of wave optics and wave mechanics of nanostructures. The physical and historical interplay of wave optics and quantum mechanics is traced. Nanoplasmonics, an essential part of modern photonics, is also included.

• Highlights practical issues, material properties and device feasibility • Includes the basic optical properties of metals, semiconductors and dielectrics • Covers nanoplasmonics, an essential part of modern photonics


Preface; 1. Introduction; Part I. Electrons and Electromagnetic Waves in Nanostructures: 2. Basic properties of waves and quantum particles; 3. Wave optics versus wave mechanics I; 4. Electrons in periodic structures and quantum confinement effects; 5. Semiconductor nanocrystals (quantum dots); 6. Nanoplasmonics I: metal nanoparticles; 7. Light in periodic structures: photonic crystals; 8. Light in non-periodic structures; 9. Photonic circuitry; 10. Tunneling of light; 11. Nanoplasmonics II: metal-dielectric nanostructures; 12. Wave optics versus wave mechanics II; Part II. Light–Matter Interaction in Nanostructures: 13. Light–matter interaction: introductory; 14. Density of states effects on optical processes; 15. Light–matter interaction beyond perturbational approach; 16. Plasmonic enhancement of secondary radiation; References; Index.


'Sergey Gaponenko has produced a breathtaking and timely book that is just perfect for graduate-level students, or for the senior person wanting to know more about the field. The book has just the right tone and covers the material with an experimental focus hitherto not seen.' Jonathan P. Dowling, Louisiana State University

'This book plays with the beauty of analogies between electronic and photonic systems. The unconventional view on problems of modern science will attract the readers' attention and interest. The book provides an excellent overview about the emerging field of nanophotonics for students and researchers in academia and industry.' Ulrike Woggon, Technische Universitat Berlin

'The clarity of nanophotonics concepts and their physical embodiment as presented by Professor Gaponenko, are the main assets of this excellent book. It thus provides a sound base to explore the potential of nanophotonics, to enable contributions to its future developments as a discipline and also to envisage applications. Essential reading for all practitioners of nanoscience and nanotechnology.' Clivia M. Sotomayor Torres, Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology

'This book is a tour de force: it takes the reader all the way from introductory wave physics to advanced topics involving the interaction between light and matter. Sprinkled throughout are descriptions of how physics developed in the twentieth century, the connections between quantum physics and electromagnetic waves, and the author's views on these themes.' Martijn de Sterke, University of Sydney

'There are several books that deal with selected aspects of this exciting and emerging field, but this is the first that covers nanophotonics in a comprehensive fashion. The treatment is rigorous, accessible and entertaining, so appeals to specialists and graduate students alike.' Thomas F. Krauss, University of St Andrews

'This book is a logically well organized, rigorous, and comprehensive introduction to the broad and stimulating field of nanophotonics. Aiming at graduate-level students in physics, optical and electrical engineering as well as materials science, Professor Gaponenko marvellously balances between the fundamental physical principles of electromagnetics, quantum mechanics and their technological applications to nano-optics and nanophotonics problems. State of the art research topics, such as nanoplasmonics, photonic crystals, and light waves in non-periodic complex media are rigorously presented in self-contained discussions that additionally offer thoughtful historical perspectives on the interplay and on the genesis of many physical and engineering concepts. Professor Gaponenko has certainly written a profound and thoroughly engaging book that demonstrates his broad acquaintance with the experimental, theoretical and historical aspects of nanophotonics and nanotechnology. Anyone mastering the content of this book will be well prepared to understand and to actively engage in contemporary nanophotonics and nano-optics research.' Professor Luca Dal Negro, Boston University

'An explanation of notations and acronyms used in the text is given at the start of the book, this being a most useful and welcome feature … written in a clear English style … unreservedly recommended as a guide to what will be an area of imaging that holds great promise for the future.' The Imaging Science Journal

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