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1st Edition

Optical Materials and Applications

Edited By

Moriaki Wakaki

ISBN 9780824727598
Published September 24, 2012 by CRC Press
317 Pages 185 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The definition of optical material has expanded in recent years, largely because of IT advances that have led to rapid growth in optoelectronics applications. Helping to explain this evolution, Optical Materials and Applications presents contributions from leading experts who explore the basic concepts of optical materials and the many typical applications in which they are used.

An invaluable reference for readers ranging from professionals to technical managers to graduate engineering students, this book covers everything from traditional principles to more cutting-edge topics. It also details recent developmental trends, with a focus on basic optical properties of material.

Key topics include:

  • Fundamental optical properties of solids
  • Fundamental optical materials (including thin films) from both linear and nonlinear perspectives
  • Use of bulk materials in the design of various modifications
  • Application of optical thin films in artificial components
  • Formation of artificial structures with sub-wavelength dimensions
  • Use of physical or chemical techniques to control lightwave phase
  • One-, two-, and three-dimensional structures used to control dispersion of materials for nanophotonics
  • Progress of the optical waveguide, which makes optical systems more compact and highly efficient

This book carefully balances coverage of theory and application of typical optical materials for ultraviolet, visible and infrared, non-linear optics, solid state lasers, optical waveguides, optical thin films and nanophotonics. It addresses both basic ideas and more advanced topics, making it an equally invaluable resource for beginners and active researchers in this growing field.

Table of Contents

Basic Theory on Optical Properties of Solids, Moriaki Wakaki and Keiei Kudo

Optical Materials for Ultraviolet, Visible, and Infrared, Toshihiro Arai and Moriaki Wakaki

Materials for Nonlinear Optics, Toshihiro Arai and Moriaki Wakaki

Materials for Solid-State Lasers, Taro Itatani

Materials for Optical Waveguides, Bishnu P. Pal

Materials for Optical Thin Films, Takehisa Shibuya

Materials for Nanophotonics, Kiyoshi Asakawa


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Moriaki Wakaki is a professor in the Department of Optical and Imaging Science and Technology at Tokai University. Dr. Wakaki is the author/coauthor of over 100 scientific papers and a member of the Optical Society of America, the International Society for Optical Engineering, the Optical Society of Japan, the Laser Society of Japan, the Japan Spectroscopic Society, the Japan Society of Applied Physics, the Physical Society of Japan, the Surface Science of Japan, the Thermoelectric Society of Japan, the Carbon Society of Japan, the Japan Society of Plastic Surgery, and the Society of Advanced Science. His research interests include solid state physics, optoelectronics, laser medicine and biophotonics, and infrared astronomy.


"Optical Materials and Applications is intended for researchers in the field of optics. All necessary mathematical theories are presented in a concise way. The book provides a good balance of mathematical theories, experimental results and the application of typical optical materials in various subfields of optics. For example, the authors discuss ultraviolet, visible and infrared optics, nonlinear optics, solid state lasers, optical thin films and nanophotonics. At the end of each of the seven chapters there are substantial references. There is also a large and helpful index, which is very important for a book of this type."
––Darko Vasiljevic, associate research professor, Photonics Center, Institute of Physics, University of Belgrade, Serbia