Reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of the field, the 396-page book Polymers and Light: Fundamentals and Technical Applications is designed to serve as a textbook for students and as a resource for polymer, physical and organic chemists, manufacturers of optoelectronic devices, chemical engineers and materials scientists. A section on the absorption of light and photophysical processes discusses luminescence, optical absorption, and time-resolved, IR and UV/VIS spectroscopy. Photoreactions in DNA, cellulose, and lignins and wood are described as well as technical developments in the areas of polymers as chemical sensors, turn-off fluorescence detection, and image and optical fiber sensors. Charts, diagrams, references and a subject index are provided. Wolfram Schnabel; Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2007; $175.
- 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...
- A material whose molecular structure consists of long chains made up by the repetition of many (usually thousands) of similar groups of atoms.
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