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Principles of Nano-Optics

Lukas Novotny, Bert Hecht

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First published in 2006, this book has become the standard reference on nano-optics. Now in its second edition, the text has been thoroughly updated to take into account new developments and research directions. While the overall structure and pedagogical style of the book remain unchanged, all existing chapters have been expanded and a new chapter has been added. Adopting a broad perspective, the authors provide a detailed overview of the theoretical and experimental concepts that are needed to understand and work in nano-optics, across subfields ranging from quantum optics to biophysics. New topics of discussion include: optical antennas; new imaging techniques; Fano interference and strong coupling; reciprocity; metamaterials; and cavity optomechanics. With numerous end-of-chapter problem sets and illustrative material to expand on ideas discussed in the main text, this is an ideal textbook for graduate students entering the field. It is also a valuable reference for researchers and course teachers.

'The reader will appreciate its scope and depth, as it covers topics ranging from resolution and microscopy to metamaterials and optical antennas. This book provides an integrated approach to the entire field, and the format breaks the material into accessible sub-units. The physical and mathematical rigor is high, and approximations and limitations of the theory and the experimental devices are clearly stated. The material is highly recommended for a graduate course.' Barry R. Masters, Optics and Photonics News

Novotny, Lukas
Lukas Novotny is Professor of Optics and Physics at the University of Rochester where he heads the Nano-Optics Research Group at the Institute of Optics. He received his Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Switzerland and later joined the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Washington, USA) as a research fellow, working in the Chemical Structure and Dynamics Group. In 1999, he joined the faculty of the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester and developed a course on nano-optics which has been taught several times at the graduate level and which forms the basis of this textbook. His general interest is in nanoscale light-matter interactions ranging from questions in solid-state physics to biophysics.

Hecht, Bert
Bert Hecht is Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Würzburg. After studying physics at the University Konstanz, he joined the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory in Rüschlikon and worked in near-field optical microscopy and plasmonics. In 1996 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Basel and then joined the Physical Chemistry Laboratory of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology where he worked on the combination of single-molecule spectroscopy with scanning probe techniques. In 2001, he was awarded a Swiss National Science Foundation research professorship at the University of Basel. His research interests comprise the enhancement of light-matter interaction on the nanometerscale.


Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 578
Erscheinungsdatum 06.09.2012
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-107-00546-4
Verlag Cambridge University Press
Maße (L/B/H) 25.1/18.9/3 cm
Gewicht 1394 g
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  • Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Theoretical foundations; 3. Propagation and focusing of optical fields; 4. Resolution and localization; 5. Nanoscale optical microscopy; 6. Near-field optical probes; 7. Probe-sample distance control; 8. Optical interactions; 9. Quantum emitters; 10. Dipole emission near planar interfaces; 11. Photonic crystals, resonators, and cavity optomechanics; 12. Surface plasmons; 13. Optical antennas; 14. Forces in confined fields; 15. Fluctuation-induced interactions; 16. Theoretical methods in nano-optics; Appendices; Index.