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Optics of Aperiodic Structures

Fundamentals and Device Applications

by Luca Dal Negro

“Here Prof. Dal Negro and coauthors do for spatial optics what Manfred Schroeder had done for spatial acoustics with his priceless book Number Theory in Science and Communication. One gets theory presented and discussed ostensibly just for the sake of its delightfulness, but all sorts of applications—such as a fiendishly clever antenna or a just-for-this-purpose mesh—effortlessly tumble out as if from a horn of plenty. Good integration of tutorial and reference material for a leading-edge subject.”

Prof. Tom Toffoli, Boston University, USA
  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 9789814463096
  • Subject: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
  • Published: February 2014
  • Pages: 350

In recent years, optics of aperiodic structures—artificial optical media designed on the basis of manipulation of aperiodic order—has garnered a great deal of scientific interest due to the growing number of engineering applications in nano-optics, plasmonics, and photonics technologies. Deterministic aperiodic structures, in particular, can be efficiently generated using algorithmic rules that interpolate in a tunable fashion between random and periodic media, offering unique opportunities to tailor light-matter interaction, electromagnetic transport, light scattering, and wave-localization phenomena. The structural complexity of such media profoundly influences their linear and nonlinear optical properties and gives rise to novel functionalities.

This book presents state-of-the-art contributions from a number of leading experts that actively work worldwide in the rapidly growing, highly interdisciplinary, and fascinating fields of aperiodic optics and complex photonics. Edited by Luca Dal Negro, a prominent researcher in these areas of optical science, the book covers the fundamental, computational, and experimental aspects of deterministic aperiodic structures, as well as numerous device and engineering applications to dense optical filters, nanoplasmonics photovoltaics and technologies, optical sensing, light sources, and nonlinear optics.

About the Editor:
Prof Luca Dal Negro received the Laurea in physics, summa cum laude, in 1999 and a Ph.D. semiconductor physics from the University of Trento, Italy, in 2003. After his Ph.D., he joined MIT as a post-doctoral research associate. Since January 2006 he has been a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and in the Material Science Division at Boston University (BU). He is currently associate professor and a member of the Photonics Center at BU. Prof. Dal Negro manages and conducts research projects on light scattering from aperiodic media, nano-optics and nanoplasmonics, silicon-based nanophotonics, and computational electromagnetics of complex structures. He has authored and coauthored 122 technical articles and received several awards, including the College of Engineering Excellence in Research Award and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award.