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1st Edition

Optics for Materials Scientists

ISBN 9781774634400
Published March 31, 2021 by Apple Academic Press
392 Pages 7 Color & 237 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This new volume will help materials scientists and engineers fully comprehend the principles of optics and optical phenomena and effectively utilize them for the design and fabrication of optical materials and devices. Materials science is an interdisciplinary field at the intersection of various fields, such as metallurgy, ceramics, solid-state physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, and mechanical engineering. Thus, many physicists, chemists, and engineers also work in materials science. Many materials scientists generally do not have a strong background in optics, and this book aims to fill that gap.

The volume explains the fundamentals of optics legibly to nonspecialists and presents theoretical treatments for a variety of optical phenomena resulting from light-matter interactions. It covers thin film optics, interference lithography, and metal plasmonics as practical applications of optics for materials research. Each chapter of the book has a problem and reference section to facilitate the reader’s understanding.

The book is aimed at assisting materials scientists and engineers who must be aware of optics and optical phenomena. This book will also be useful as a textbook for students in materials science, physics, chemistry, and engineering throughout their undergraduate and early graduate years.


Table of Contents

1. Electromagnetic Waves  2. Reflection and Refraction  3. Superposition of Waves  4. Interference  5. Diffraction  6. Light Propagation in Anisotropic Media  7. Polarization  8. Thin Film Optics and Reflectance Control  9. Interference Lithography  10. Metal Plasmonics

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Myeongkyu Lee, PhD, is currently a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Formerly, he was a researcher at the National Institute for Materials Science, Japan, and a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, California, where he received his PhD. Dr. Lee’s research interests include dye-sensitized solar cell, nonlithographic thin film patterning for electronics, transparent electrodes, diffractive optics and holography, and laser materials processing. He is a member of several academic societies, including the Materials Research Society (MRS), the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS), and the Optical Society of America (OSA), and he is the former editor of Electronic Materials Letters (2013–2014). He is also the author of the book X-Ray Diffraction for Materials Research: From Fundamentals to Applications (Apple Academic Press).