Light-Matter Interaction: Physics and Engineering at the Nanoscale
John Weiner and Frederico Nunes
Oxford, 2012; $ 110.00 (hardcover).
This book provides a clear and concise explanation of the classical electromagnetism and basic quantum mechanics needed to explore interactions between light and matter. Three chapters are devoted to classical field theory, surface waves (including plasmons) and waveguides (including transmission lines and equivalent circuits). It also covers the requisite quantum mechanics. Although the subtitle is “Physics and Engineering at the Nanoscale,” readers should look elsewhere if they are hoping to gain a broad understanding of nanoscience. However, those who seek a good grounding in electromagnetics will find this text very useful. There are also a number of helpful supplements and appendices which provide added detail on diverse topics.
Review by K. Alan Shore, Bangor University, School of Electronic Engineering, Bangor, Wales, United Kingdom.
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