Author: Yongqi Fu

Subwavelength Optics: Theory and Technology

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Library License: US $316
ISBN: 978-1-60805-704-7 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-050-5 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2009
DOI: 10.2174/97816080505051090101


From the beginning of this century, there has been a dramatic increase in interest in the study of surface plasmon polaritons-based metallic subwavelength structures and learning. This is a refreshing concise book on issues and considerations in designing, nanofabrication and characterization of subwavelength plasmonic structures as well as their applications in imaging, superfocusing, semiconductor lasers, data storage, optical communications, biosensing, and immunoassays. The book can serve as a textbook for education and training as well as a reference book that aids research and development in those areas integrating light, photonics, nanotechnology, semiconductors, chemistry, and biology. Another aim of the book is to stimulate the interest of researchers, engineers, and businessmen to foster collaboration through multidisciplinary programs in this frontier science, leading to development and transition of the resulting technology. Both basic and applied aspects are presented in this book. Many illustrative worked-out examples and instructive exercises are given, which should prove to be particularly useful.


There is an astonishing explosion of interest in recent years in near-field optics, nano-optics, nano-photonics and plasmonics, which appear as emerging optical science branches dealing with evanescent waves confined in a nanometer scale volume. Such waves can be manipulated with a nano-probe located in the optical near field of structures. The optical near field imaging can reach a nano-scale resolution beyond the conventional diffraction limit (Airy disk), so does as well the high-density data storage.

The book 'Subwavelength Optics' is structured with both basic theory and practical applications elucidating from elements/devices design/numerical simulation, micro/nanofabrication to geometrical and optical characterization so that it can be of value to educators teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in multiple disciplines. For them, it will serve as a textbook that illustrates basic principles and multidisciplinary approaches. Most chapters are essentially independent of each other, providing flexibility in choice of topics to be covered. Thus, the book can also readily be adopted for training and tutorial short courses. Both fresh students and engineers/researchers can be benefited from this book. The book, written by a leading practitioner of near-field optics, arrives at an opportune time because there is a substantial body of results available in the field that need to be gathered together in a systematic fashion, although the book can cover only a part of this emerging area, where the new knowledge and new research discoveries come out in explosion.

Professor Yunlong Sheng
Docteur s Science Physique (France)
Department of Physics,
Physical Engineering and Optics
Laval University,


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