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Knovel Offers Optics, Photonics

Photonics.com
Dec 2010
NEW YORK, Dec. 15, 2010 — Knovel announced yesterday the launch of a new subject area – optics and photonics – bringing the total number of subject areas it offers to 25.

The company is a provider of web-based applications that integrate technical information with analytical and search tools. Its new subject area, geared toward the modeling and design of optical components and systems, provides technological background, guidelines, calculations and best practice information suitable for engineers developing new ways to improve products that incorporate optical systems and components within their designs. It is most useful in discrete manufacturing.

For example, companies in the aerospace and defense markets can use the technology for heads-up displays, and navigation and targeting systems, while industrial equipment manufacturers incorporate smarter sensing systems and faster data transmission capabilities into their products.

“The ever-growing use of optical and photonic technology across industries has increased the need for engineers across disciplines to expand their knowledge related to sourcing and designing,” said Meagan H. Cook, director of content strategy for Knovel. “The launch of Knovel’s optics and photonics subject area is the result of customer demand.”

The subject area has been launched with 78 reference titles from notable societies and publishers, including Cambridge University Press, Elsevier, SPIE, Springer, Wiley and World Scientific, among others.

Its subtopic areas include biomedical optics, communications, geometric and physical optics, information processing, microfabrication and photolithography, nanophotonics, optical materials, optoelectronics, optomechanics, quantum optics, signal and image processing and sensors, and vision science.

For more information, visit: www.knovel.com 


GLOSSARY
optical materials
Materials that, by virtue of their optical characteristics (i.e. refractive index, dispersion,  etc.), are used in optical elements. See crystal; glass; plastic lens.
optoelectronics
A sub-field of photonics that pertains to an electronic device that responds to optical power, emits or modifies optical radiation, or utilizes optical radiation for its internal operation. Any device that functions as an electrical-to-optical or optical-to-electrical transducer. Electro-optic often is used erroneously as a synonym.
photolithography
A lithographic technique using an image produced by photography for printing on a print-nonprint, sectioned surface.
photonics
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...
physical optics
The branch of science that treats light as a wave phenomenon wherein light propagation is studied by wavefronts rather than rays, as in geometric optics.
quantum optics
The area of optics in which quantum theory is used to describe light in discrete units or ‘quanta’ of energy known as photons. First observed by Albert Einstein’s photoelectric effect, this particle description of light is the foundation for describing the transfer of energy (i.e. absorption and emission) in light matter interaction.
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