The 410-page book Polarized Light in Liquid Crystals and Polymers discusses the linear optics of birefringent materials, such as liquid crystals and polymers, and surveys light propagation in such media. It covers light propagation in micro- and nanostructured birefringent optical elements as well as the spatial varying anisotropic structures found in miniaturized liquid crystal devices. It focuses on high-resolution structures in display devices and provides an introduction to optical properties of liquid crystal texture. Toralf Scharf; John Wiley & Sons Inc., Hoboken, N.J., 2007; $99.95.
- The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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