This text aims to give professionals a comprehensive description of the different effects that determine the behavior of a distributed feedback (DFB) laser diode. This reviewer was uncertain why this volume is called a “handbook,” as it has the distinct appearance of a research monograph. Both authors of this volume are highly experienced in DFB laser research and development and offer an in-depth coverage of the subject matter.
The first four chapters of the book treat basic device physics, and chapters 5-9 concentrate on device design. A previous edition was published in 1997 and since then two chapters and two appendices have been added. The new chapters treat wavelength tunable DFB lasers and bistable and self-pulsing DFB lasers. A chapter is then devoted to device fabrication and packaging. Each chapter has a well-defined theme which is explored in a clear manner that enables the reader to quickly get an understanding of the key concepts. The authors also include useful figures and selected references from the literature. This not a cheap book, but the target audience will get good value for their money.
Review by K. Alan Shore, Bangor University School of Electronic Engineering, Wales, United Kingdom.

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