2015, XII, 274 p. 334 illus., 206 illus. in color.
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Covers theoretical and practical aspects of planar waveguides and other confined geometries including optical fibers
Discusses applications for confined waveguides in security and life sciences, including visualization of cell structures and Raman identification of gaseous compounds
Written by respected experts and researchers in these specialized subjects
This book provides a comprehensive overview of the theoretical concepts and experimental applications of planar waveguides and other confined geometries, such as optical fibres. Covering a broad array of advanced topics, it begins with a sophisticated discussion of planar waveguide theory, and covers subjects including efficient production of planar waveguides, materials selection, nonlinear effects, and applications including species analytics down to single-molecule identification, and thermo-optical switching using planar waveguides. Written by specialists in the techniques and applications covered, this book will be a useful resource for advanced graduate students and researchers studying planar waveguides and optical fibers.