Thermal Imaging Cameras:
Characteristics and Performance
Thomas L. Williams
CRC Press, 2009; $80.00 (hardcover).
Thermal Imaging Cameras: Characteristics and Performance is intended for members of the general
public who are interested in using thermal cameras. It can be divided into three parts. The first consists
of the first three chapters and represents an introduction to the topic of thermal imaging. It describes all
components of thermal imaging systems.
The second, and most important, part of the book includes the next six chapters. The author
defines the important characteristics of thermal imaging systems and describes measurement techniques. He gives detailed practical information about devices and systems that can be used for testing
thermal imaging systems. The final chapter reviews the applications of thermal imaging cameras in
industry, biology and medicine. Anyone with a knowledge of secondary school mathematics should be
able to understand the text.
Review by Darko Vasiljevic, assistant research professor, Laboratory for Optics and Lasers, Institute of Physics,
University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia.
W.S. Wong and A. Salleo, eds.
Springer, N.Y., 2009; $129.00 (hardcover).
Since the early 2000s, researchers in academia and industry have investigated the possibility of realizing flexible electronic device technologies. Flexible circuit technology attracts much attention in the
electronics industry for portable applications because the flexible substrate can be rolled, bent and
folded to fit a limited space when required.
This book is, to date, the most thorough and carefully documented investigation of the materials
systems and processes that are used to fabricate flexible electronic devices. Such devices can be used
in applications ranging from flexible solar-cell arrays to flexible organic light-emitting diode displays on
plastic substrates. Overall, this book is an invaluable source for students and researchers. It showcases
the fascinating and flourishing area of flexible electronics and provides opportunities to contribute to
it. I highly recommend this book for graduate courses on the materials and device physics relevant to
Review by Christian Brosseau, OSA Fellow and professor of physics in the physics department at the Université de
Bretagne Occidentale in Brest, France.
Advances in Electromagnetic Fields in Living Systems:
Volume 5, Health Effects of Cell Phone Radiation
J.C. Lin, ed.
Springer, N.Y., 2009; $159.00 (hardcover).
The biological effects associated with cellular mobile telephones and related wireless systems and devices have become a focus of international scientific interest and worldwide public concern. This book presents a deep, careful amalgamation of a large literature on the health effects of cellular mobile radiation. It
offers broad coverage of topics such as electromagnetic hypersensitivity, the dosimetry and temperature
aspects of mobile-phone exposures, and the carcinogenic effect of wireless communication radiation in
rodents. The care, clarity, depth and scholarship of most of the chapters are admirable. I highly recommend this book as the source for graduates and scientists involved in this area of research.
Review by Christian Brosseau, an OSA Fellow and professor of physics in the physics department at the Université
de Bretagne Occidentale in Brest, France.
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