Book Reviews

  • Optical Design Using Excel: Practical Calculations for Laser Optical Systems

    Hiroshi Nakajima | 22 October 2015 | Review by Lisa Tongning Li

    This book describes basic optical theory and application methods. The optical design covers geometrical optics, simple wave-optics and diffraction, as well as the use of Excel software for calculations. read more  

  • Light Sources, Second Edition: Basics of Lighting Technologies and Applications

    Spiros Kitsinelis and Spyridon Kitsinelis | 15 October 2015 | Review by Albert C. Claus

    Light Sources is not a scientific text. Rather, it covers modern lighting technology in an organized and comprehensive fashion for anyone, including lighting engineers and home or business owners wishing to know more about lighting. read more  

  • Optics Essentials: An Interdisciplinary Guide

    Araz Yacoubian | 08 October 2015 | Review by A. Zakery

    This book provides a basic overview of optical principles, concepts and applications, as well as worked examples throughout the text. read more  

  • Silicon Photonics Design from Devices to Systems

    Lukas Chrostowski and Michael Hochberg | 01 October 2015 | Review by Lisa Tongning Li

    A number of authors have contributed chapters in their areas of expertise for this book. It provides a fundamental understanding of the design, operation and practical applications of fiber optic sensing systems. read more  

  • LEGO Optics: Projects in Optical and Laser Science with LEGO

    Grady Koch | 24 September 2015 | Review by Vengu Lakshminarayanan

    Many of us have played with LEGO blocks as kids and have built all kinds of amazing things. This book goes a step further by showing how to incorporate LEGO parts into our optics projects. This is an innovative use of LEGO blocks. read more  

  • Nonlinear Optical Systems

    L. Lugiato, F. Prati and M. Brambilla | 17 September 2015 | Review by A. Zakery

    The book covers special topics in laser physics, quantum electronics and nonlinear optics, as well as laser emission, frequency generation, solitons, optically bistable systems, pulsations and chaos and optical pattern formation. read more  

  • A Student’s Guide to Waves

    Daniel Fleisch and Laura Kinnaman | 10 September 2015 | Review by Barry R. Masters

    I recommend this supplementary textbook as clear tutorial for the understanding of the basic concepts of waves and the wave equation with its applications to mechanics, electromagnetic waves and the Schrӧdinger equation. read more  

  • Optomechanical Systems Engineering

    Keith J. Kasunic | 03 September 2015 | Review by Christian Brosseau

    Kasunic’s book makes an important contribution to the growing monograph literature on optomechanical engineering and design. read more  

  • OLED Fundamentals: Materials, Devices, and Processing of Organic Light-Emitting Diodes

    Daniel J.Gaspar and Evgeni Polikarpov, eds. | 27 August 2015 | Review by K. Alan Shore

    The editors structured the book to literally start at the bottom by covering suitable substrates for OLEDs, and next discussing materials and device issues pertinent to device fabrication. read more  

  • Light Localisation and Lasing: Random and Pseudo-random Photonic Structures

    Mher Ghulinyan and Lorenzo Pavesi, eds. | 20 August 2015 | Review by Axel Mainzer Koenig

    The editors provide a state-of-the-art introductory reference for light localization and lasing, especially for gain media. Researchers and graduate students who are actively involved in novel photonic structures should greatly benefit from this book. read more