Series: Nanophotonics

Nanophotonics is a topical and highly distinctive area of modern optics. It is a field that has exhibited phenomenal growth in recent years, at both the research and applications level, and which now accounts for much of the highest impact, most cutting edge research and development activity in optics. It is a highly interdisciplinary area whose subject provenance encompasses materials science including metamaterials, chemistry and physics (and some biology), alongside electrodynamics and optics – both linear and nonlinear, classical and quantum. Together with continued advances in optical and material fabrication, this confluence and fusion goes some way to explain the fervent interest and innovation that now characterizes the subject.

The essence of nanophotonics is a focus on physical systems and optical interactions whose characteristics are substantially modified – in some cases almost entirely determined – by nanoscale features. Indeed, light and optical properties are widely involved throughout the field of nanotechnology. Here, the character of optical propagation and measurement commonly involves an intricate interplay of structural, spectroscopic, electromagnetic, electronic and quantum optical features. In a sense, ‘nanophotonics’ is a term that subsumes ‘nano-optics’; both cover a common ground, but the former term is more often used in particular for systems and effects where quantum effects are manifest. Much of the active research either directly or indirectly concerns surfaces – for example nanofabricated surfaces and surface plasmonics, thin film optics, near-field interactions, evanescent waves and sub-wavelength aperture effects. Other kinds of response are manifest in supramolecular and polymeric systems, cavity nanophotonic structures and nano-antennas.

The aim of this series is to produce a reliable resource that will become recognized as both comprehensive and definitive, spanning the field in topics that include theoretical foundations, mechanisms, optical techniques, characterization principles, novel fabrication and synthetic methods, calculational and modeling advances, devices, and applications. This whole area particularly needs advanced volumes that properly capture the principles and the real advances, in mature and reflective accounts that are true to the research forefront - yet without the hype that can be found in much of the ‘latest advance’ literature. It is intended that these volumes, invited from well respected authors, will attain a coherent level and approach, so that all volumes are equally accessible to readership from different areas of the subject base. Some contributions may be authored; many will be edited volumes. At the commissioning stage each volume will have an individual proposal for separate review, detailing competition that is specific to the case.

Series Editor: David L. Andrews leads the nanophotonics and quantum electrodynamics research group at the University of East Anglia, UK. He serves on the Editorial Boards of several international journals, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 1988, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 1999, and a Fellow of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering, in 2006. He is now a member of the Board of Directors of SPIE, where he is strongly involved in conference organization. He has over 300 research papers to his name, published in peer-reviewed journals, and has also authored or edited a dozen books. His considerable editorial experience includes a recent 4-volume set on photonics for Wiley, and he was also the Editor-in-Chief of Comprehensive Nanoscience & Technology for Elsevier, which published in 2009

Book Series: Dynamics of Molecular Excitons

Most recent volume


Volume . Dynamics of Molecular Excitons

Published: 1st October 2019 Author: Seogjoo Jang
Dynamics of Molecular Excitons provide a comprehensive but concise description of major theories on the dynamics of molecular excitons, and is intended to serve as a self-contained resource on the topic. It is designed to help those new to this area gain proficiency in this field and experts develop deeper understanding of the subject.

The starting point of the book is the standard microscopic definition of molecular Hamiltonians presented in commonly accepted modern quantum mechanical notations. Major assumptions and approximations involved in constructing Frenkel-type exciton Hamiltonians, which are well established but are often hidden under arcane notations and approximations of old publications, are presented in detail. This help quantum chemists understand the major assumptions involved in the definition of commonly used exciton models.

Rate theories of exciton dynamics such as Förster and Dexter theories and their modern generalizations are presented in a unified and detailed manner. In addition, important aspects that are often neglected such as local field effect and the role of fluctuating environment are discussed. Various quantum dynamics methods allowing coherent dynamics of excitons are presented in a systematic manner in the context of quantum master equation or path integral formalisms. Detailed theoretical account is also provided for the major spectroscopic techniques probing exciton dynamics, including modern two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy. The implications of these spectroscopic measurements are assessed critically. Finally, a brief overview of major applications including organic photovoltaic materials and natural light harvesting complexes are explained.

Additional volumes


Carbon-Based Nanoelectromagnetics

Published: 1st June 2019 Editors: Antonio Maffucci Sergey Maksimenko Yuri Svirko

Neurophotonics and Biomedical Spectroscopy

Published: 29th November 2018 Editors: Robert Alfano Lingyan Shi

Metal Nanostructures for Photonics

Published: 31st August 2018 Editors: Luciana Reyes Pires Kassab Cid Bartolomeu De Araujo

Nanotechnology for Microelectronics and Photonics

Published: 12th June 2017 Authors: Raúl José Martín-Palma José Martínez-Duart

Light Robotics - Structure-mediated Nanobiophotonics

Published: 30th May 2017 Authors: Jesper Glückstad Darwin Palima