Book Reviews

Computational Photonics: An Introduction with MATLAB

Marek S. Wartak

Cambridge University Press, 2013; $110.00 (hardcover).


This book presents itself as a comprehensive manual on the efficient modeling and analysis of photonic devices. It is aimed at graduate students and researchers who are expected to have the theoretical background and MATLAB programs necessary for them to start their own numerical experiments. The author introduces the physics required to enable students to gain an understanding of photonics. The underlying philosophy is that conducting numerical experiments will deepen a student’s understanding of the material. The amalgam of text and MATLAB programs provides the reader with a unique combination of photonics principles and simulation software. The book covers new topics like metamaterials, as wel­l as staples such as optical waveguides and semiconductor lasers. The book’s content has been “road-tested” at a number of universities in Europe and North America, and is the result of the author’s 25 years of experience in the field.  The book will be most useful to emerging photonics experts who have access to the necessary computer programs.
 
Review by K. Alan Shore, Bangor University, School of Electronic Engineering, Bangor, Wales, United Kingdom.

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