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Physics - Optics & Lasers | Photons in Natural and Life Sciences - An Interdisciplinary Approach

Photons in Natural and Life Sciences

An Interdisciplinary Approach

Lewerenz, Hans-Joachim

2012, XVII, 288 p. 218 illus., 188 illus. in color.

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  • Represents the only book on this topic available on the market
  • Provides unprecedented interdisciplinarity in covering the scientific fields/areas
  • The tutorial style allows for easy understanding of readers from various disciplines
The book describes first the principle photon generation processes from nuclear reactions, electron motion and from discrete quantum transitions. It then focuses on the use of photons in various selected fields of modern natural and life sciences. It bridges disciplines such as physics, chemistry, earth- and materials science, proteomics, information technology, photoelectrochemistry, photosynthesis and spintronics. Advanced light sources and their use in natural and life sciences are emphasized and the effects related to the quantum nature of photons (quantum computing, teleportation) are described. The content encompasses among many other examples the role of photons on the origin of life and on homochirality in biology, femtosecond laser slicing, photothermal cancer therapy, the use of gamma rays in materials science, photoelectrochemical surface conditioning, quantum information aspects and photo-spintronics. The book is written for scientists and graduate students from all related disciplines who are interested in the science beyond their immediate research field. It is meant to encourage interdisciplinary research and development in an age where nanoscience results in a convergence of formerly more disparate science.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » nano-optics book - nanophotonics book - photon-electron interaction - photonic processes in biology - photons and materials science - quantum electrodynamics - quantum nature of photons - radiation physics - spintronics - synchrotron radiation

Related subjects » Applied & Technical Physics - Atomic, Molecular, Optical & Plasma Physics - Biophysics & Biological Physics - Engineering - Nanotechnology - Optics & Lasers

Table of contents 

On the Origin of Light.- Sources of Spectral Photon Radiation.- Photon Generation in Electronic Transition High-Energy Lasers.- Applications in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science and Biology.- Exploiting the Quantum Nature of Photons.- Spintronics.

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