Book Reviews

Thermal Imaging Cameras: Characteristics and Performance

Thomas L. Williams
CRC Press, 2009; $80.00 (hardcover).

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Thermal Imaging Cameras: Characteristics and Performance is intended for members of the general public who are interested in using thermal cameras. It can be divided into three parts. The first consists of the first three chapters and represents an introduction to the topic of thermal imaging. It describes all components of thermal imaging systems.

The second, and most important, part of the book includes the next six chapters. The author defines the important characteristics of thermal imaging systems and describes measurement techniques. He gives detailed practical information about devices and systems that can be used for testing thermal imaging systems. The final chapter reviews the applications of thermal imaging cameras in industry, biology and medicine. Anyone with a knowledge of secondary school mathematics should be able to understand the text.

Review by Darko Vasiljevic, assistant research professor, Laboratory for Optics and Lasers, Institute of Physics, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia.



Flexible Electronics

W.S. Wong and A. Salleo, eds.
Springer, N.Y., 2009; $129.00 (hardcover).

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Since the early 2000s, researchers in academia and industry have investigated the possibility of realizing flexible electronic device technologies. Flexible circuit technology attracts much attention in the electronics industry for portable applications because the flexible substrate can be rolled, bent and folded to fit a limited space when required.

This book is, to date, the most thorough and carefully documented investigation of the materials systems and processes that are used to fabricate flexible electronic devices. Such devices can be used in applications ranging from flexible solar-cell arrays to flexible organic light-emitting diode displays on plastic substrates. Overall, this book is an invaluable source for students and researchers. It showcases the fascinating and flourishing area of flexible electronics and provides opportunities to contribute to it. I highly recommend this book for graduate courses on the materials and device physics relevant to flexible electronics.

Review by Christian Brosseau, OSA Fellow and professor of physics in the physics department at the Université de Bretagne Occidentale in Brest, France.



Advances in Electromagnetic Fields in Living Systems: Volume 5, Health Effects of Cell Phone Radiation

J.C. Lin, ed.
Springer, N.Y., 2009; $159.00 (hardcover).

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The biological effects associated with cellular mobile telephones and related wireless systems and devices have become a focus of international scientific interest and worldwide public concern. This book presents a deep, careful amalgamation of a large literature on the health effects of cellular mobile radiation. It offers broad coverage of topics such as electromagnetic hypersensitivity, the dosimetry and temperature aspects of mobile-phone exposures, and the carcinogenic effect of wireless communication radiation in rodents. The care, clarity, depth and scholarship of most of the chapters are admirable. I highly recommend this book as the source for graduates and scientists involved in this area of research.

Review by Christian Brosseau, OSA Fellow and professor of physics in the physics department at the Université de Bretagne Occidentale in Brest, France.



Quantum Optics

J.C. Garrison and R.Y. Chiao
Oxford Graduate Texts 2008; $90.00 (hardcover).

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This book offers a masterful exposition of quantum optics aimed at graduate students. The authors adopt an effective approach of first presenting a basic model to convey the underlying physical ideas before getting embroiled in a detailed theoretical treatment.

The authors use a starred section system to develop the material along two tracks, one intended for readers who may approach the book without a firm understanding of quantum theory and Maxwell's equations and the other geared toward more advanced readers. Exercises are included in all chapters to test the readers' understanding of the material; the twin-track approach is also used here.

The book embraces the major topics associated with a vast area of knowledge, and it manages to include emergent applications in quantum information processing alongside insightful introductions to fundamental concepts. The book is produced to a very high standard and includes a strong reference list.

Review by K. Alan Shore, Bangor University, School of Electronic Engineering, Wales, United Kingdom.


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