Fiber Optic Sensors, 2 Edition
Shizhuo Yin, Paul B. Ruffin, Francis T.S. Yu, eds.
CRC Press, 2008; $159.95 (hardcover).
The fiber-optic sensor market is fast expanding. Researchers and technical staffs that are engaged
in this area of work are in constant need of practical tutorials that cover both principles and applications. Fiber Optic Sensors covers the basic principles and also describes state-of-the-art technologies,
including harsh environment fiber-optic grating sensors inscribed by femtosecond laser illumination and
fiber-optic chemical and biological sensors. This is the second edition of the book, and it comes with
two completely new chapters. The rest are updated and reflect the latest developments in the field.
Review by Darko Vasiljevic, assistant research professor, laboratory for optics and lasers, Institute of Physics in
Mesoscopic Physics of Electrons and Photons
Eric Akkermans and Giles Montambaux
Cambridge University Press, 2007; $105.00 (hardcover).
Mesoscopic physics is a new area of physics that addresses coherence and its competing phenomena related to disorder. This unique book describes in a unitary manner the propagation of waves in
complex and random media and their consequences in electronic and optical systems. It uses a single
formalism to describe wave disorder irrespective of the physical systems (electrons, photons, etc).
Thus, it is interesting for both condensed matter physicists—who will appreciate its treatment of the
Aharonov-Bohm effect, Anderson localization and the Kubo and Landauer formalisms for electrons and
waves—and for specialists in optics—who will find very interesting issues such as coherent backscattering of light and speckle patterns.
The book is written at least at the level of master’s students, and the guidance of a teacher is necessary. Although it is clearly written, the subjects it covers are difficult and the mathematical formalisms
are not very simple; these are barriers to be overcome. This book can be used as a guide in the areas
of random media, coherence and ballistic transport, which is the key effect of nanoelectronic devices.
Review by Daniela Dragoman, Univ. of Bucharest, physics faculty, Romania.
Handbook of Biomedical Nonlinear
Barry R. Masters, Peter T.C. So, eds.
Oxford University Press 2008, $150.00 (hardcover).
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This huge, heavy book covers many aspects of multiphoton processes. Starting with a historical
overview that emphasizes the role of Maria Goeppert-Mayer, the contributors explain the theoretical
aspects of multiphoton spectroscopy, higher harmonic generation, spontaneous and coherent Raman
scattering and much more. Significant attention is paid to the practical techniques of modern microscopy used to observe living tissues—FRET, CARS, polarization microscopy and lifetime resolved imaging.
Femtosecond lasers and their applications are particularly emphasized.
The authors provide in-depth coverage of biomedical applications, including tumor biology, dermatology, immunology and cellular metabolism. The references are numerous and up-to-date, and a
comprehensive index facilitates one’s search for a particular subject. In short, many researchers will
find something useful and interesting in this book—whether they work in optical microscopy, laser physics, biology or medicine.
Review by Dejan Pantelic, Institute of Physics, Zemun, Belgrade, Serbia.