Optical Materials and Applications

Moriaki Wakaki

September 24, 2012 by CRC Press
Reference - 317 Pages - 185 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780824727598 - CAT# DK3199
Series: Optical Science and Engineering

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  • Introduces the theory of the optical properties of solids, including the detailed derivation of basic formulae for describing the optical response of solids
  • Describes optical materials in the ultraviolet, visible, and infrared regions
  • Discusses nonlinear optics materials and solid-state laser materials
  • Covers recent types of waveguides and their structures and physics
  • Explores the design and spectral features of optical thin film materials
  • Examines nanophotonic materials and various novel structured devices


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.


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