Provides a particularly good discussion of the electromagnetics of light in bounded media (i.e., fibers).
* The only book that treats the two complementary topics, fiber and integrated optics.
* A careful and thorough presentation of the topics that make it well suited for self-study.
* Includes numerous figures, problems and worked-out solutions.
* Discusses all the topics essential to modern optical communication systems including optical fibers, quantum electronics, optical amplifiers, and lasers among others.
* Concludes with a chapter that applies the design skills developed throughout the book to realistic problems in fiber optic communication systems.
* Heavily illustrated with over 300 figures specially formatted to aid in comprehension.
After visiting leading optics laboratories for the purpose of producing the educational video Fiber Optic Labs from Around the World for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), I soon realized there was a short supply of photonics textbooks to accommodate the growing demand for photonics engineers and evolving fiber-optic products. This textbook was written to help fill this need.
From my teaching experiences at Harvard University and the University of Toronto, I learned a great deal about what students want in a textbook. For instance, students hate messy mathematical expressions that hide the physical meaning. They want explanations that start from the very basics, yet maintain simplicity and succinctness. Most students do not have a lot of time to spend reading and looking up references, so they value a well-organized text with everything at their fingertips. Furthermore, a textbook with a generous allotment of numerical examples helps them better understand the material and gives them greater confidence in tackling challenging problem sets. This book was written with the student in mind.
The book amalgamates fundamentals with applications and is appropriate as a text for a fourth year undergraduate course or first year graduate course. Students need not have a previous knowledge of optics, but college physics and mathematics are prerequisites.
Elements of Photonics is comprised of two volumes. Even though cohesiveness between the two volumes is maintained, each volume can be used as a stand-alone textbook.