books-img8_01_13.jpgQuantum dots (QDs) are semiconductors whose electronic characteristics are closely related to the size and shape of the individual crystal. In this book, the reader will find a comprehensive review of QD design and applications written by 69 specialists in the field. Half of the book deals with fabrication methods, while the remaining half summarizes recent results on the control and characterization of QDs by optical techniques. A small part of the book is devoted to several examples for future applications in secure optical communications and linear optics quantum computing. This is a welcome addition to the literature and is suitable as a course material for graduate students. Beyond that, the specific topic of the title makes engaging reading.

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

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