Metamaterials: Theory, Design, and Applications
T.J. Cui, D.R. Smith and R. Liu, eds.
Springer, 2010; $169.00 (hardcover).
There have been many books published about metamaterials. However, unlike its predecessors, this
one is dedicated mainly to the most recent discoveries in this area, such as invisible cloaks. The book
starts with an introductory chapter about metamaterials followed by four parts. The first is mainly dedicated to the theoretical aspects of metamaterials, such as the invisible cloak and design methods. The
second is devoted to experiments relating to cloaking devices and anisotropic metamaterials. The third
focuses on plasmonic devices, and the last part of the book addresses metamaterials in the microwave
region. The book is written in a clear manner by experts in the field. It is not a book for beginners, but it
is excellent for Ph.D. students, researchers and anyone who works in this emerging area of research.
Review by Daniela Dragoman, Univ. of Bucharest physics faculty, Romania.
Quantum Mechanics with Basic Field Theory
Bipin R. Desai,
Cambridge University Press, 2010; $95.00 (hardcover).
I recommend this outstanding book for the following reasons: It is a theoretical physics graduate
textbook for a yearlong course that is concise, clearly written and self-contained. It has 200 exercises
to illustrate the salient points in each chapter. Solutions to the unsolved problems are available from
the publisher. The quantum mechanical concepts are carefully defined and completely derived. The
text’s figures, typography and mathematical typesetting are excellent, and there is a bibliography and
What is unique is the scope of the textbook. In addition to standard topics, the author presents
a wide range of modern advanced topics: entangled states, the special theory of relativity, the Dirac
equation, superconductivity, Bose-Einstein condensation, Feynman diagrams, spontaneous symmetry
breaking, the quantum hall effect and quantum electrodynamics.
Review by Barry R. Masters, Fellow of AAAS, OSA and SPIE. He is with the department of biological engineering at
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A.
Introduction to Nanophotonics
Sergey V. Gaponenko
Cambridge University Press, 2010; $78.00 (hardcover).
This book guides the reader from the basic properties of electromagnetic waves and quantum mechanics to some of the hottest research areas in nanophysics, including photonic crystals, plasmonics
and left-handed materials. The treatment is both rigorous and clear. Mathematical prescriptions are
complemented by physical explanations. The book is well illustrated and well organized, and the broad
spectrum of topics treated here has been made easily accessible to readers.
The author takes some trouble to paint the historical context for the work with historical notes, mini-biographies of leading actors and some facsimilie reproductions of famous papers. The latter include
Purcell’s paper on spontaneous emission probabilies; some readers may be surprised that that short
paper has had such a huge impact. This book, albeit longer than Purcell’s paper, can also be expected
to have a major influence on specialists and graduate students, who will find it to be an effective tool for
getting up to speed on nanophotonics.
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are those of the reviewer
and do not necessarily reflect those of OPN or OSA.
Review by K. Alan Shore, Bangor University School of Electronic Engineering, Wales, United Kingdom.
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