In this second edition of Optics of Nanomaterials, the author provides readers with an excellent extended and updated source on current developments. A broad range of researchers and graduate students in emerging fields of material science, optics and chemistry will greatly benefit from this book.

Beyond the introductory classification of nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanocrystals and wide-gap nanomaterials, the author also engages the reader in the emerging optical research with respect to organic and biological nanomaterial.

Furthermore, the successful applications of Raman spectroscopy and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy are well exemplified through rhodamine 6G and pyrazine molecules. In particular, the nonlinear optics of nanomaterials and nanocrystals, like Si-SiO2, is well represented in the context of the second-harmonic generation from surfaces and interfaces.

Readers interested in absorption and fluorescence of nanomaterials will also appreciate the discussion on metallic nanoparticles. Additional material on quantum confined systems and coherent optical spectroscopy should attract a wide readership.

Review by Axel Mainzer Koenig, CEO, Mainzer Koenig Research Associates, Portland, Ore., USA.

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