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Principles of Nano-Optics, 2nd Ed.

Lukas Novotny and Bert Hecht

Cambridge, 2012; $90.00 (hardcover).

 This book provides a modern, theoretical foundation on nano-optics. The reader will appreciate its scope and depth, as it covers topics ranging from resolution and microscopy to metamaterials and optical antennas. This updated edition combines a historical perspective with a rigorous derivation of the key theories. There are also problem sets, integrated illustrations, appendices and an index. This book provides an integrated approach to the entire field, and the format breaks the material into accessible subunits. The physical and mathematical rigor is high, and approximations and limitations of the theory and the experimental devices are clearly stated. The material is highly recommended for a graduate course, as prospective readers should have some knowledge of quantum mechanics and electrodynamics.

Review by Barry R. Masters, Fellow of AAAS, OSA and SPIE, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A.


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