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Light-Matter Interaction

Physics and Engineering at the Nanoscale

Second Edition

John Weiner and Frederico Nunes

February 2017

ISBN: 9780198796671

432 pages
Paperback
246x171mm

In Stock

Price: £39.49

This book provides advanced undergraduates, graduate students and researchers from diverse disciplines with the principal tools required to understand and contribute to rapidly advancing developments in light-matter interaction, centred at optical frequencies and length scales from a few hundred nanometres to a few hundredths of a nanometre.

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This book provides advanced undergraduates, graduate students and researchers from diverse disciplines with the principal tools required to understand and contribute to rapidly advancing developments in light-matter interaction, centred at optical frequencies and length scales from a few hundred nanometres to a few hundredths of a nanometre.

  • Offers principal tools needed to understand and contribute to rapidly advancing developments in light-matter interaction
  • Written for advanced students and researchers in diverse disciplines, working with optical frequencies and length scales from a few hundred nanometres to a few hundredths of a nanometre
  • Insights from electrical engineering brought to bear on subwavelength optical design
  • Clear layout with many cross references to equations and topics
  • Illustrative appendices on electromagnetic units and mathematical techniques
  • Fundamental chapters coordinated with more advanced chapters

New to this edition

  • Substantially expanded, with almost 200 pages of new material
  • Several new and extended chapters treat momentum flow between fields and matter, metamaterials, and atom-optical forces applied to atomic and molecular cooling and trapping
  • New appendix on numerical constants
  • Minor errors from the first edition corrected

About the Author(s)

John Weiner, Professor (retired), Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse France, and Frederico Nunes, Professor (retired), Federal University of Pernambuco

John Weiner's doctoral work at the University of Chicago and subsequent post-doctoral work at Yale on crossed-beam ion-molecule collisions fixed his interest on how reactive collisions might be influenced by light fields. He established this line of research at the University of Maryland, where he was a full professor. Interaction between very slowly moving, cooled atoms in the presence of light gave rise to the field of "ultra-cold collisions," a subject Weiner vigorously pursued until he moved to the Université Paul Sabatier in France in 1997. There he established a research group to study the trapping and transport of ultracold atoms in the presence of optical fields, themselves shaped by neighbouring nanostructures. In 2007 he retired from Université Paul Sabatier and since then has been visiting professor in the physics institute at the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil and a visiting fellow at the Centre for Nanoscale Science and Technology at NIST in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Professor Nunes was born in Recife, Pernambuco State, Brazil, in 1947. He obtained an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the School of Engineering at the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) in 1971. He continued his advanced education by enrolling in the Physics and Pure Mathematics curriculum in the Institute of Professor Gleb Wataghin at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), obtaining his MS degree and PhD degrees in 1974 and 1977, respectively. Since then he has been on the faculty at several Brazilian universities and since 1997, he has been an Associate Professor at UFPE in Recife. He has received the Marechal Trompowski award for excellence in teaching at UFPE and has made many research contributions in the area of Optics, Semiconductors, Photonics and Nanoplasmonics. He has authored many scientific publications and holds a number of patents in the technologies associated with these scientific disciplines.

Table of Contents

    1:Historical Synopsis
    2:Elements of Classical Electrodynamics
    3:Physical Optics of Plane Waves
    4:Polarisable Matter
    5:Dipole Antenna
    6:Blackbody Radiation
    7:Surface Waves
    8:Transmission Lines andWaveguides
    9:Metamaterials
    10:Momentum in Fields and Matter
    11:Atom-Light Forces
    12:Radiation in Classical and Quantal Atoms
    A:Numerical Constants
    B:Systems of Units
    C:Vector Calculus
    D:Curvilinear coordinates
    E:Phasors
    F:Properties of the Laguerre Functions
    G:Legendre Functions
    H:Hermite Polynomials

Reviews

"Solid instructional text... This book is very useful for instructors who want to develop updated postgraduate courses on light at the nanoscale." - Kelvin J.A. Ooi, Contemporary Physics

"This is the second edition of a text on an advanced topic... The work is accompanied by useful graphs, pictures, and diagrams... Recommended." - CHOICE

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